It seems to be more of a reinstalling windows xp issue. Of course, I'm referring to a repair reinstall of winxp sp2, not a clean wipe and reformat clean install, which I assume would probably solve the issue (but it would be sooo much work!)
After I performed a repair reinstall of win xp sp2 (which, btw, had problems during installation, of not being able to read certain files that where clearly on the cd, even after I tried several different copies of that cd). Anyways, after a bumpy reinstall, it seemed not to be able to install the drivers for my factory installed broadband ethernet NIC. I tried everything. I got the most recent driver from dell. Uninstalled it, reinstalled it about 500 times, I tried booting it up in safe mode and reinstalling it, nada. Every time, the same problem. It would act like it was installing, the little win xp installing a non WHCL tested driver warning would pop up. It would show the little papers flying from folder to folder animation, and all of a sudden.... CANNOT INSTALL THIS DRIVER! There was a problem during installation of this driver: Error, windows cannot find the specified file. So I manually copy the drivers to the C:/windows/ /drivers, /drivercache, and /system32/drvers folders (i wanted to cover everything, lol. It just refused to install. Well I went out and got a wireless card/router, and after much fuss, and I got my belkin high speed 54g/108g wireless card installed (although windows recognizes it as a dell truemobile 1400 WLAN card, even after an install of the newest drivers for my exact model.
The problem is, I get intermittent, and frequent interruptions. I got a new linksys wireless router, with high gain 9db antennas, and a new linksys wireless card. Problem is I couldnt install the wireless card on my system. Same exact problem as the broadband ethernet nic install. After trying and trying and trying, I take back the card and get a new netg card (which was on sale that week lol). I get a normal 802.11 g card, a g usb adapter, AND a pre-n wireless card, which apparently is compatible with a g network, and supposedly (from what the box said), boosts the speed and range even if the router is plain 802.11g.
Couldn't install the drivers for ANY of them. ARGH!! Same exact problem, system cannot find the specified file. So I have resigned myself to living with the frequent disconnects, even though its driving me crazy, because I often have to redo everything I was doing if I try to send it during one of the interruptions. (Which by the way, the wireless signal monitor on my system tray is still showing excellent connections during those interruptions. HELP! anyone?