First off, the computer is my wife's laptop from her work so I don't know the specifics about the harware. It is running Windows XP professional.
The wireless adapter under "control panel-network connections" is NOT connected. When I right click and choose "repair" it just hangs and nothing happens. I downloaded the latest driver for the wireless adapter and still nothing. Then it dawned on me that I could remove the driver from Device Manager (there were NO errors there) and than ran the "find new hardware wizard" and let windows find the device, which it did and I was able to connect to the internet wirelessly. Now my wife emailed me (I'm at work) and told me that "whatever I did is now un-done".
Now, with no info on any of the hardware is there anything that you could suggest? When I get home tonight I'll post which adapter it is.