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Sony Vaio PCMCIA wireless problems

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I am having a seriouse problem with my bro-in-law's Sony Vaio laptop. I am trying to install a wireless card in it's only pcmcia slot. When done, it's always got the problem "could not install....". I have tried his Netgear MA401 card and I have a 3com xjack card that I also tried. BOth the same problem. In the device manager, the wireless cards are recognized, just have that exclamation point on them. Unfortunately, I don't have any other devices that I can try. Any advice would be extremely helpfull.

Sony Specs:

Model: PCG-V505AX
P4 1.8
512 RAM

Don't know what else would be helpful.
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by:sunray_2003
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Have you ever been able to make that wireless card work or have you tested that the wireless card works on a different machine ?

Make sure that the card works eventhough it might be a new one . This should be our first start.

Let me assume that you have got windows xp on your laptop. Should not really matter with respect to the card working , but it would be easy if it was XP as it might already have the drivers installed.

Do this

Open command prompt (start --> run --> cmd)

Type these

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
cd %SystemRoot%\System32
start devmgmt.msc

Donot close the command prompt once device manager shows up
Now go to view --> hidden devices in your device manager

Now in the list that is shown you should see all the ghosted devices that were previously hiding.
Now look under 2 locations

a) Network adapters
b) Other devices (which yellow exclamation)

If you had previously tried to install these wireless cards, remove all of them (right-click and uninstall).
it might ask you to restart may be after every uninstallation so please do so. Once all of them are removed , I mean those pertaining to the wireless cards you have, restart the machine.

Now after restart, insert netgear card . Check to see if the bottom right (system tray) , windows says it recognises the device. click on it and try to manually install the drive. Choose the second option in the first screen and second option in the second screen and install the drivers manually ie

Install from list or specific location
Donot search . i will search the driver to install
From common hardware types : choose Network adapters
In the next screen ,choose hardware and model and XP will put from its database.

After installation , restart and check

All the best

SR
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by:dbruyere
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Sorry everyone, I was typing that message at like 3 am. I did try all of the above and nothing works. The cards are recognized in Device manager, so there are no "Other" devices shown.They even show as the correct model numbers. Both cards work fine on my Dell Inspiron 8100. Both computers are running XP Pro SP2. I have all the latest drivers. I was looking for a Bios upgrade for the Sony, but I can't find one yet.
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by:sunray_2003
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dbruyere,

go to device manager and right-click on pcmcia and uninstall it
restart the machine and let windows reinstall the driver for it. May be there is driver issue

can you attach any other device in your pcmcia slot and make sure the slot functions fine ?

SR
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by:dbruyere
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I have done that a half dozen times. I'll try another device tomorrow. I have to go buy one first.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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by:bobo_tech
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Have you downloaded the latest drivers from the manufacturers website and downloaded the drivers, put them into a folder on the hard drive, and unzipped them and then uninstalled the hardware and reinstalled it and made sure that you pointed the new hardware foiund dialog to the newly unzipped files?

Also are you clicking "cancel" or "skip file" for *any* file that is wanting to be copied when the new hardware was found?

That is extremely important, if you cancel or skip any file, the device will show up in device manager fine but will have the exclaimination mark next to it (bang) and it won't work properly.

You cannot skip or cancel any files during the driver install process.

Otherwise follow all the instructions that sunray suggested.  His instructions should resolve most all device manager issues.
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by:dbruyere
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I did get the latest drivers from the sites. It seems as if the files are swapped without a hitch. The 3com even has an app that opens up after and asks you to choose a country.

FYI: I'm a (beginning)developer, so I do know a bit about doing basic trouble shooting.

I did uninstall the pcmcia driver as well. No luck.

Today, I tried a firewire card in the slot and it did not even see it at all. So I think it's in need of a new pcmcia slot.
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by:sunray_2003
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>> I tried a firewire card in the slot and it did not even see it at all

Hope you had made sure that firewire card works by putting it in a different PC. if it does work fine , then you probably have to get your slot changed..

SR
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by:dbruyere
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Yeah, I pulled it out of a machine in which it was working.
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So, I decided to call Sony. They said that I need a new motherboard ($700-BS). So, I decided to take the thing apart and have a look. I cleaned all the contact points and put it back together and aside from all the extra screws (J/K), it seems to have worked. Now all the cards I put in it work and I am a happy person. Thanks for all the input with the problem.
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Glad you got it resolved... good good.
SR
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by:VaioMan
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too many words guys again...
Nice solution -dusty pcmcia slot!
Best
VaioMan

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