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Error Code 10 on Linksys wireless PCI card

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Hi,

Just purchased a Linksys wireless PCI card for my desktop and well I am having problems.  The model number is WMP54G if that helps it all.  In the instructions it asks to install the PCI card BEFORE the drivers are installed.  So I did that, windows started up, recognized the card and took me into the add hardware wizard.  Now I was having a lot of problems here, It's like it could not find drivers off the cd or something, I downloaded the updated drivers off their website and tried them, I think I got it working...  But in the end it all comes down to this stupid ERROR CODE 10, This device cannot start.  It seems to me Ive tried everything.... new drivers, old drivers, different pci slots...  I thought it was maybe loose a little, the card is in as far as it can go and screwed down.  I have no Idea what to do.  I already returned a D-link card that my computer couldnt even detect!..... so I got this one hoping everything would be ok because its a linksys... and yea..
Anyways I hope somebody out there knows what is going on, If there is any other information I did not cover then just ask.

Thanks a lot.  

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The-Joker earned 1485 total points
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This linksys card is known not to work with a lot of PC's. I have no knowledge of compatibility with specific mobos etc, but only know that a lot of people are having the exact same difficulty and many are recommending if you want to buy this card then do so from a supplier with no restocking charge when you send it back.
Its luck of the draw with this one I'm afraid. The card has great reviews when it works though, not much comfort to yourself though eh?
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by:STi_Striker
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Well, that was the news I was hoping not to hear.  Oh well, thats not a problem, we have already figured out something else.  Thanks a lot for the help.
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by:Enlade
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I know this question is dead, but I had the same problem and worked on the problem for a number of days.  I reinstalled Win XP that did seem to fix it for a while, but then it went back to the same problem (probably after I ran some of the windows updates).  Anyway, I worked on this problem and it drove me crazy because there was nothing on the web about it.  However, I eventually found something that seemed to work though I don't know why.  Here it is:

You need to change the permissions in your registry of one of the PCI related folders.  I had two cards and the first one just required me to change the permissions on the PCI registry folder, but the second card required me to change the permissions of its parent folder (Enum).  Anyway, you should try just change the PCI folder permisions first and if that doesn't work then change its parent folder (Enum).  Here is how:

First with the card in, goto Device Manager and uninstall the driver.
Then goto Add and Remove programs in Control panel and uninstall the cards software.
Then shutdown the machine and remove the card and reboot.

Then click Start|Run
Type in RegEdit

Locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | SYSTEM | CurrentControlSet | Enum | PCI

OR

Locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | SYSTEM | CurrentControlSet | Enum

Highlight whichever you are going to change the permissions of (that is, highlight PCI or Enum).

Right click on it and select the Permissions option.

Now, you can change the permissions in a lot of differnet ways.  I went ahead and added the Administrator Group and then gave that group Full Access.  But you could also simply give the Everybody group Full Access.  I think that you can change everything back after you get the driver installed, but I just left the Adminstrator Group with Full access on mine.

Ok, now reinstall your Network Card software, reboot your machine, Insert your network card and let it install the driver.

Then after you see that it is working you can go ahead and try changeing the permissions back in the same places in the registry (though, I didn't change it back so I'm not sure if it will cause the problem to occure again).

In any case, you will be surprised that it works for you, but odds are it will.  I was suprised.

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