A standard XP computer would not connect to a good DSL network through a router AND no USB drives would recognize a flash drive.
I took the machine back to my bench and without changing a thing, connected a good cable broadband connection and it went on line immediately. Tried the flash drives and they all read ths time.
Then I noticed the system clock was off by 6 years and some hours.
Does the system clock effect a DSL connection and a USB? Would it prevent a DSL connection and the USB from working properly?
Can't find anything definitive on the web.
Just trying to learn something.