Thanks for the comments.... That seems similar to what I am seeing - the 1st Adapter and cable connected.
I now see that the VB is showing at the very bottom of the screen where the Network Interface Icon is "Cable Connected". I think that is a good sign and means my VB is connecting to the host like we want but the WinXP VM (guest) that is running in VB is the problem?
I have run the XP wizard to try and establish the network connection and that is where I have ended up for now with no connection. From within "Internet Options" > "Connections" > Local Area Network (LAN) Settings, does one use the "Automatic Configuration" or the "Proxy Server", or is there some other method I should be exploring?
.....From Chpt 6 of the VB manual : "Network Address Translation (NAT) is the simplest way of accessing an external network from a virtual machine. Usually, it does not require any configuration on the host network and guest system." I wish -