Sorry this must be me, but I don't understand the significance of trying to install a modem and Windows XP Security Center/Firewall problems.
How are they connected?
What do you mean when you say "I have tried twice to load-reload XP, "same thing". How have you tried to load/reload XP? What same thing? What error messages do you get?
Question: Does your wife's computer have a valid version of XP installed on it? If not, SP2 will find out, and fail to install.
How did you try to set up a dial-up connection? Did you go throught the Connection Wizard in My Network Places?
I am trying to install an compatable modem and XP will not load the security or firewall enabler on to an AGP mother boad. I have trired twice to load - reload XP "same thing" then i tried to load - reload sp1 & SP2 but still the same results. Now the strang thing about it is that i can load it on my girls systems and it works fine. My wife's system will not let me set up dial up on her system. It will not give me the opertunity to select dial up setting. It is gray'd out every time. Even win i tell it i have my own firewall it does not give me the option. Why? Oh why?