So I got the validation error to go away (thanks David Howard) on this XP laptop. Now the connectivity is strong, but I can't get any websites to come up. Nothing. I went to HOSTS file and the 127.0.0.1 is there I even entered www.google.com
for kicks, and nothing. What's funny when it was an unsecured connection (piggybacking off a neighbor) stuff came up. Now nothing comes up. This should be something simple I know but maybe because it's 4am I can't see it.