I have a Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G card connected to a dell latitude D600, running windows XP. After I plug the card in and proceed to the next step, Nothing happens. it should be taking me to the "available wireless networks" screen. but it doens't do anything. It stops there. I doesn't lock up it just stops loading. When i try to open the program only part of it works. i can't do anything with it ,all it does is "searching". I had this card on same computer running windows 2000 and it worked fine. what can i do to fix this problem? thanks
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The problem is that the PCI slot/socket where the wireless adapter is snapped/connected is not not compatible with the adapter. I suppose that the adapter is more more faster than than socket so it can hardly function as it should. I recommend that you return the adapter and get a slower version of the adapter. Make sure that the drivers are properly installed by removing/uninstalling any previous software from the system.
Make sure that you insert the card in before booting up the computer. When Windows 2000 was created PCMCIA cards weren't hot swappable. If that doesn't do the trick, check linksys.com for updated Windows 2000 dirvers.
You can still update to Windows XP as well. Some computer stores still carry it. Wireless networking is managed much better under that operating system.
Okay let's go back to the beginning, I need you to unplug the device first. Restart the computer. Plug the wireless card into another slot. See if the computer installs the device. Sounds like the device is not loaded in correctly.
To check to see your device has loaded go to the control panel. Double click on system, if you cannot see system icon click on Switch to Classic View then select system. Select the hardware tab. Click on Device manager. Double Click on Network Adapters. Under that you will now see at least 2 devices. The on board ethernet card and the other the wireless network. If there is a device then your done and you can close off and run your CD for the linksys. If you still don't have the card installed, you should see if it works on someone elses laptop before you give up. If it doesn't then it's faulty, but if it does then you will need to reinstall your windows program as it's not functioning properly for you pcmia card.
*NEWS FLASH. I just had a thought, windows drivers for your pcmia or what it's called needs drivers in order to operate correctly. You will need to go online and search for your laptop drivers. Look for your laptop company like HP.com or Dell.com and so on. Let me know if you have any luck! Will help others if this is the error!
Those install programs that Linksys uses are terrible. This happens all the time.
You probably can't use the linksys program to install the software on a Windows 2000 machine you should be able to install just the driver you need. I have never used wireless networking on a Win 2000 computer before. Win XP has sotware already built into the operating systems to deal with wireless networking.
Uninstall all Linksys wireless networking software. Restart you computer with the wirless network card install and let Windows search for the correct drivers on the CD.
-- make sure that the wireless settings of your router match the wireless settings if you are using the utility of the linksys adapter
-- make sure also that you dont have any firewall or any security on your computer
-- you may also try disabling the adapter wireless utility and use the wireless xp zero configuration instead.
I am assuming you have a dual boot machine meaning it runs either linux or windows and not both at the same time. Linux on the other hand may not configure the card automatically and
as you should consider changes to the laptop in terms of configuration
and devices are actually changes to two computers the windows computer
and the linux computer. You probably did some configuration for windows to enable the wireless card (if there was no encryption windows may have done it for you). Linux on the other hand may not recognose and configure the card automatically and as you should consider changes to the laptop in terms of configuration and devices are actually changes to two computers the windows computer and the linux computer. The many flavors of linux also have almost as many means to configure devices. In order to assist you I will need to know which distribution and version of linux you are using. I will also need to know the manufacturer and model (possibly number and not description) of the wireless adapter to be configured. Warning this may be easy and in other cases it may not be and I have access to few linux distributions to experiment with.