my wife has the laptop, i built my own desktop. i just scrubbed hers and reformatted it to ntfs. it is an acer aspire and i think the partitions were bumping heads with a few of the programs. so i just erased everything and put xp on the whole thing without any partition. it will connect, but after 30 mins. or so, it disconnects. i also dont understand why it doesnt show on my network magic map. my 2 kids show on it. this new wireless router i bought seems to be a hub also, because it has ports to hook up to. it is the wireless-g broadband router w/ speedbooster mod. # WRT54GS2. not that i mind, cuz i was starting to get about waist high in all the hardware that was piling up. do you know if i put open dns on it, if that might smooth some things out?