Who: Hey folks, I am a Mac user and know less than nothing about PCs. To me it is very complex as you good folk delve deeper than a Mac user is encouraged to do.
What model/to do: I am actually only trying to fix my mum's old second-hand Sony Vaio VGN-FS415B for her. It has a WLAN switch/light on the front but also came with an USB Logitech nano receiver, for whatever THAT is.
It ran like treacle and audio was distorting. Tried all sorts to sort it as she was given it and it came to her without the restore disks. So no option to restore to its original settings despite having a serial number...
What I did: I decided to use my old XP Pro disk which installed fine. Only there was no wireless icon at the bottom right and, though it was connected fine to the internet at my house despite being deathly slow, now I cannot work out what I must do to get it back online and where to fiddle on. No never mind- on I went:
I manually got the driver files for the right model and also SP1 and SP3 (my XP Pro disk is so old it is 2002!), thinking that if I were to get the drivers installed then I could take it online and then it could update the stuff itself and also to SP3 or whatever.
I also reinserted the USB Logitech nano receiver and it reinstalled itself just fine.
What I ended up with: I am now in a Catch 22- I know nothing about where I ought to be looking to install drivers (or what ones) to and how (I expected them to be executable but only the one WLAN folder appears to have an .exe) or even why. I am not normally slow on the uptake and if I were to understand what I am looking at where I'd be very quick to know what to do. But it all looks like Chinese to me just now.
I now have a laptop, which once was XP Home, with XP Pro (no SP) installed and no sign of any wireless connectivity.
Problem: I cannot install SP3 as it needs at least SP1. I cannot install SP1 as I don't have internet connectivity (and don't actually know how to set it up as I sort of expected the Wireless LAN driver to take me through it but it fails every time with: "The wireless LAN driver cannot be enabled."). I cannot take the computer online and so cannot let it do its thing and upgrade to a semblance of currency.
Question: I would very much like to know if I ought to just bite the bullet and buy a set of restore disks for this make/model, where to look if so and if there is any hope that what I am trying to do is "just" being thwarted by the WLAN-lessness of my situation.
Sorry for the essay... I am a little stressed and just want to make sure that I cover bases and offer up sufficient information about the problem.