Today, I spent 5 consecutive hours trying to upgrade my old 2004 Windows XP-SP3 system with wireless network access. Installing the PCI card was easy. Installing its drivers and utility software was easy. But for some reason, I couldn't get its Wireless Card to work. It could see the wireless networks within its broadcast region (re: 4 wireless hubs in my tight housing village area) but I couldn't connect to my own Wireless "G" hub. Yes, 5 hours of trying this / that and still, it didn't want to work for me. And, no error message telling me what to do next.
My son comes home from hockey, walks by, turns his head around and simply asks, "what's up??". With a grumble look on my face, he immediately hops on the keyboard "like Santa running to his sled on Christmas night" and within 5 minutes, he had our system re-configured. Even had "full lift off" without wires. Man, talk about amazing....
Lesson learned: If you want your computer system configured, ask a high school kid to do it. It's amazing what they know about computers (and today's new wireless technology).
I hold my breath () that nothing goes wrong with my computer until my daughter comes for a visit, which isn't very often through the year. Of course, if she's showed me how to do something, by the time she leaves and I go to do it myself, it's left the building with her. I think a class is in order. Not a bad idea, now that I think about it.