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Win98 AJP Notebook doesn't recognise PCMCIA card

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My old AJP Notebook model 6200AT running Win98 doesn't appear to recognise a new D-Link G650+ Wireless PCMCIA card. In control panel under PCMCIA, four slots are listed as (Empty) - Socket #. The PCMCIA slot/chip/configuration? is a type Trident Omega 82C094.

Anything I can do other than update the Bios and ring AJP support?
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by:kentares
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The wireless card
 1. Confirm that the wireless card is showing up in the Device Manager (Control Panel > System > Device Manager (the card may be under network adapters or unknown devices)
 2. If you do see an unknown device try installing the network drivers onto the device and reboot.
 3. If you do not see an unknown device or a network adapter in regards to the D-Link wireless card, you may want to try plugging the card into different PCMCIA slots.
 2. Hopefully Windows will detect the new hardware.
 3. If Windows does detect the new hardware I would go out to D-Links site and make sure to donwload the latest drivers / firmware available for the wireless card.

The PCMCIA slot drivers (make sure you have a Windows 98 disc handy)
 1. You may want to try and upgrade the drivers operating the PCMCIA Slots
 2. Go to Control Panel > System > Device Manager and remove the PCMCIA slots
 3. Reboot and let Windows re-install everything
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by:ncw
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There is no reference to the D-Link wireless card in Device Manager.
Tried a different PCMCIA slot.
Windows doesn't detect new hardware, and hangs if I ask it to search for new hardware.

>You may want to try and upgrade the drivers operating the PCMCIA Slots
Yes, that's the conclusion I came to.
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by:ncw
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Just spoken to AJP and I'm told that my PCMCIA slot will be 16bit whereas the wireless card is 32bit

Are 16bit wireless cards available? Or is there some sort of convertor?
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kentares earned 125 total points
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http://www.dlink.com.au/products/wireless/dwl660/

16-bit PCMCIA card (PC Card Type II) for notebook PC
IEEE 802.11b industry standard compliance
2.4GHz frequency band Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS)
Up to 11Mbps data transfer rate
Security with 64/128-bit WEP data encryption
Supports Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP
Wi-FiTM compatibility certified
Socket for installation of optional higher Gain external antenna

According to dlink.com
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by:ChrisSchumann
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802.11G 16-bit PCMCIA cards:

- Gateway 802.11g Card
http://commerce.gateway.com/accessorystore/tpcproddetails.asp?tpcid=1000&productid=2520561

Well that's the only one I could find. There are MANY 802.11B cards that are 16-bit, but they'll be slower when transferring data within your network (still much faster than the broadband into any home), and using it will slow down any 802.11g cards being used at the same time. They are a bit cheaper too.
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by:ChrisSchumann
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You can also get a USB wireless device.
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