Problem: Vista can not connect to wireless network.. the system can not see the DHCP server in router and getting 169.254.x.x ip address which is private and no use at all.
To resolve this go to registry, find
Where GUID is a id for that network adapter – you will see the difference if another one is wired and connected.
Add new entry (DWORD 32), call it DhcpConnDisableBcastFlagToggle and assign value 1.
Change entry DhcpConnForceBroadcastFlag to 0.
Try to reconnect.

Put into your Linux box a HDD with NTFS system on it.. you would want to be able to read and write to it under user account, not only as root.

root#: fdisk -l

To find all the hard drives installed in your system.. locate the one that looks like freshly installed and

root#: mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /mnt/hdd -o force,uid=userID

where sdb1 is the name of that HDD you want to mount, and userID is your username.