Or it could be the fact that the port on the modem is expecting a cross-over cable instead of a straight-through cable.
Check to see if the modem has a button labelled MD-X or something something similar.
According to the manual, the fingerprint reader is below the touch pad.
FeliCa is Sony's little universal card technology. Think company ID cards that can open doors. Similar idea.
I'm guessing that they wanted to do something so you...
I'd suggest doing a clean install and not an upgrade. Moving from a Windows 9x-based OS to a Windows NT-based OS could cause issues, especially at the driver level.
If you're not ready to make that clean-install leap and still want...
Try using Process Explorer (from Sysinternals) and then searching open handles to the drive in question (hint: search for the directory you just copied files to or from).
You can also close those handles from inside Process Explorer.
Don't know how your campus network is set up, but if you remember the name of your machine, you can try pinging it.
If they're stupid enough to have plugged it into a wired network port, you can get campus security to track down the...