I re-installed Vista (bleh) on my sister’s Inspiron 1501. Apparently Vista sucks. The WLAN card was being flaky, and the dell drivers CD shipped with the system is useless – the autorun app which is the driver manager installer app crashes. Spent more than an hour on the phone with dell last night trying to explain the problem. Finally found a solution to the problems with the WLAN card:
there is now a simple fix for Vista Home users, as well, for the “server execution error” and red “x” over the wireless networking icon.
Simply run a command prompt as an administrator (right-click on it and click “Open as Administrator”) then enter the following command line:
net localgroup “Administrators” “NT Authority\Local Service” /add
That should do it. We should thank God for the each other because Microsoft sure has no F-ing idea what they are doing yet.