I should have added: "Eventually", after a minimum of one hour, the wireless network system tray graphic changes to the normal one for "connected" (PC with radiating radio waves)
System: XP MCE SP2 / 2.4Ghz Intel Dual Core / ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium / 2GB DDR2 RAM / 2x320GB Barracuda HDDs
This PC automatically connects to my Netgear DG834G WEP enabled home network during startup. Every time. Without fail. Half the time however although the wireless network connection works properly the normal Windows system tray icon for wireless networking remains with the "scanning" graphic (the moving "ball") and hovering over this icon gives the normal caption associated with this state, "Acquiring network address".
This is not a "problem" - because the network connection works fine as the fact that I can make this post testifies - but any idea what's "wrong", please? The three other PCs in the house (actually all laptops runing XP Pro SP2) connect without this behaviour.
The wireless card is Netgear WG311v3 802.11G PCI and I elected to let the Netgear "Smart Wizard" take control during installation. Checking Windows Services confirms that both WZC and NLA are "automatic" and "started".
The only other problem that I know the PC has is that Norton Antivirus Autoprotect (navapsvc.exe) consumes a minimum of 22%CPU even when the PC is "idle". I don't know if this is related or not.
Help has also been requested elsewhere, where the advice was probably quite sensibly "leave it alone", but things like this bug me and I want to solve the underlying cause.