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Installing Dell miniPCI 1350 in Latitude C400

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I have a Dell Latitude C400. It came with a miniPCI 1150 wireless module, but that only supported 802.11B and WEP. I gambled that, although not listed by Dell as supported, the newer miniPCI 1350 would work in the C400. Sure enough, I swapped the 1150 with the 1350 and it does work - - except . . . the software installer doesn't want to run on the C400. It exists with a message that it is not supported on this system. I can manually install the driver to get the card working and it seems to work fine. I cannot figure out how to trick the installer to run through and install the wireless utility. Does anyone have an idea how to get it to run?

Thanks,
Stan
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by:Arl
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Hi,

The fact that Dell is not officially supported is here :
http://accessories.euro.dell.com/sna/ProductDetail.aspx?sku=555-10322&c=uk&l=en&cs=ukdhs1&first=true&items_per_page=3000&spagenum=1&category_id=4011

But frankly, except if Dell or Intel is doing something special, I don't see how you will find that...
You should ask to do it on measure, but I guess that will be hard.

In this case, the update needed will be for the chipset and/or motherboard.

The update for the Intel, I guess the chipset is Intell 855G, if so, just dwnd and install the chipset software utility and check it out after... : http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df/Product_Filter.asp?ProductID=816

Hope that can help.
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by:rosest
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Thanks for the tip, but let me explain a little more.

I installed the board by uninstalling the software for the 1150, removing the 1150 and putting in the 1350. When I tried to run the SETUP program, it would exit with an error that it was not a supported system. I then got the 1350 to work by going to XP's hardware device manager and updating the driver by pointing to the directory with the INF files. That worked fine and the board came right up. It connects to my access point and works fine at 54 MB with WEP encryption.

What I cannot do is install the associated utilities. SETUP always exits with the indicated error. I don't think that it is missing any chipset drivers as everything else works fine. This includes the utility associated with the previous 1150 board. BTW, I believe this is actually a Broadcom board.

Thanks again,
Stan
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by:winzig
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skipp the setup and install only driver (right clict to my computer,properties, hardware,device manager, clic to your card and update driver. and if you need some stuff aroud(if you havent windows xp) you can use following application: http://www.pctel.com/roamingclient_download.html.
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by:Arl
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Hi,

Yes, I have understood, ok thanks for the clarification.

In this case, just use the WinXP features...
Just be sure that the service "Wireless Configuration Zero" is set to automatic and is started.

Otherwise, just take the properties of the wireless card, in the DM (i.e) and take the "Advanced" tab's and that should be enough.

I hope I have well understood.

Hope that can help.
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by:rosest
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I found the solution on the DELL Community forum. For anyone else in the future who wants the solution,
- Extract and expand the driver file
- Edit the SETUP.INI file as follows:
-change the last few lines from
[WAIVED_HARDWARE_IDS_NT]
DEVICE0=PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4320&SUBSYS_00021028
DEVICE1=PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4320&SUBSYS_00041028
DEVICE2=PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4324&SUBSYS_00021028
DEVICE3=PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4324&SUBSYS_00041028

-to:
[WAIVED_HARDWARE_IDS_NT]
DEVICE0=PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4320
DEVICE1=PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4324

Works like a charm
Stan
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