Last week, a young lady brought me her computer to look at.
She couldn't connect to the internet using the wireless card on her laptop.
It was an old windows '98 machine with some missing drivers etc...
I decompressed the necessary stuff from the install disks, dealt with some conflicts in the device manager etc..., and got the wireless adaptor working perfectly.
She duly came and picked the computer up on Friday.
She phoned me back this morning. The call went something like this:
Her: "I still can't get on the Internet"
Me: "Strange, it was working fine when it left here. What exactly is happening?"
Her: "Well, the computer starts up and when I open up Internet Explorer, it says there is no connection available and do I want to work offline".
Me: "mmm, maybe I'll have to come round and take a look at your wireless router. What make is it?"
Her: "Wireless router? What's that"
Me: "Well, the thing sitting in your house somewhere with an antenna sticking out of it and some flashing lights."
Her: "No, I haven't got one of those..."
Me: "Well, who is your Internet Service Provider?"
Her: "I haven't got one of those either..."
Me: "I think I've just worked out what's wrong..."