If this makes sense, I solved the problem. If not, then, I don't know what to say.
Something dawned on me, I use the PS3 gaming system to on occasion, connect to the internet. How? simple. wirelessly.
It connected with no hesitation whatsoever. I then copied off the IP address, etc etc...
I went to the control center again, and erased the old network configuartion, then added a new one, this time with the info off the PS3.
It said "failed" when trying to connected. But within a few seconds, it showed it connected wirelessly.
Strange, but I am now typing to you from the PC that couldn't connect to the internet for a good day.
i appreciate everything you have done. Been very helpful, and I have learned some things because of you. Thanks.