If you get another not-less-or-equal message, try to write it all down and post here; that way someone may come up with a solution.
[quote]Local network connection unplugged[/quote]
Can you click on the network connection it refers to? Could be that that when you reinstalled AOL, it created a new connection but thinks that the old one is still needed.
Do you have the XP CD? If so, click here
scannow sfc - how to use SFC.EXE (system file checker).