Re: ipconfig doesnt show ip address
Assuming you have high-speed internet requiring an ethernet port ... are the drivers for the NIC installed? XP doesn't recognize every ethernet NIC ( a lot of them, but not all), so after doing a reload ... you might need to go to the manufacturer's website to get the drivers and install them. You may see a yellow "?" in Device Manager under unknown devices, listing an ethernet controller needing drivers.
This would be the first thing I'd check.