if you have no internet access at your friends house, it may be an idea, to take the base unit to yours, simply network it with your home machine and download the drivers required. What drivers are u missing?
I have access online here. With my laptop and PC. Just that PC he gave me won't connect at all. It used to be online. But he gave me cuz it crashed it. But I just installed windows xp on it and it is like brand new. everything works fine on it. Just has some yellow question marks by ethernet and modem in the device manager section.. I really have no clue what drivers it needs. It's an older dell. I just don't know where to start.
But . I have access to internet and a usb which i can transfer etc