Trying to re-install windoze...(tis what she is used to...*sigh* so I do it...)
Installer crashes half way through, consistently...this re-install disc cost her like 50 from compaq...which should have come free..but w/e
Pop in a freely shipped *buntu CD I have lying around...
IT WORKS ! wireless and all ! including ATI video with a broadcom wireless chip ! my god...it JUST WORKED !
Yay...and a success story comes to an end.