After upgrading my gf's laptop to SP2 (which is xp home edition) it appears as if the firewall is not shutting down. All pings to anything on the lan time out and it doesn't get out past the router to the net either. I fooled around with all the firewall settings and exceptions but no luck this time. Previously when this occurred I would just have to enter the TCP/IP config screen that displays the IP gateway dns etc... and then press ok and restart and magically it would work again. This time no luck. I don't have a spare pcmcia network card lying around to slap in the laptop to check the card so I'm hoping that someone has heard of this and can direct me to a post or article. Oh and the Microsoft database didn't have anything that appeared to match this when I last looked.