long story short, I reformatted my C: drive and re-installed windows XP. I put in my dell resource CD to reinstall my drivers (audio/ video/ modem/ etc) and it says they have all been detected.
SO WHY CAN'T I CONNECT TO THE INTERNET, PLAY MUSIC, OR WATCH VIDEO? ANSWER ME THAT? HEY BILL GATES, DO YOUR DRIVERS WORK? CAUSE MINE SURE DON'T!
seriously, any suggestions for this bullshit? I can't roll back the drivers because there are no previous versions. The system can't find anywhere to update them from... and apparently the ones from the CD are just magical make-believe drivers