yes the driver is avilable, I checked device manager and it doesnt have a red X or a ?
Hmm - never known a fresh installation of XP behave like that. It might have help to put a tick in "Automatically detect settings" in Control Panel>Internet Options>Connection tab>LAN button. If you try again, reset the DNS with a flushdns command in Command Prompt>ipconfig.
Yes I have already done those commands as well as a few others. I'm extremely desperate now because I have college classes I am taking and obviously need a working internet connection to complete the courses