In my experience, that freeze is caused by a problem when attempting to configure your graphics card - they've changed the method used for that (I believe) in 3.4f, so you may have luck trying again with 3.4f. Again, It's difficult, but I believe that you can get your Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection working under Linux (if you actually have this and windows just didn't screw up detection) with much more reliability than your Realtek 8185 Extensible 802.11b/g Wireless Device. Info on installing PRO/Wireless devices can be found here:http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/
You're in luck, they've got a whole project on it.
for your Realtek, look here:http://www.opendrivers.com/freedownload ... nload.html
(I do not personally trust this site, but it's the best I found, and other drivers from this site have worked well before)
best of luck,
by the way, all that disabling and installing drivers that you've found you may be able to do in windows will not work for linux. Any software modifications you do in windows will never apply to Linux unless you've been virtualizing it in QEMU or something.