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Belkin+Netgear wireless network cards not recognised by XP (ASUS P2B-D motherboard)

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For *many* happy hours, I've been trying to get XP to recognise either a Belkin (F5D7000) or Netgear (WG311) 802.11g PCI adapters. Both cards work fine in other machines. I've loaded a new BIOS (BXD1013) to no avail. It's the only PCI card present. Help! - I've run out of ideas...
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by:kwaoc
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Hi,
Silly question, but is it possible your pci slot could be faulty? Have you had any other devices in it?
Also, in your Device Manager, is there any mention of your PCI card presesnt? I am using a laptop and have nothing in my PCMCIA slot, but it still shows up in the Device Manager.
Just a thought.
Hope it helps,
Kwaoc
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by:touch-base
ID: 12291765
I plugged a Netgear Ethernet card into all four slots in turn, - they're all working fine.

In DevMan I don't see PCI listed (other than the normal entry beneath System Device); should I see this in the same way as PCMCIA (another XP machine here doesn't show a PCI entry either) ?

Hardware's not my bag but I feel we'll get there...
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by:xema
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Another silly question

Are your PCI slots set to auto in the BIOS?

Also you can try opening device manager and doing a "search for new hardware" under the "action" menu.
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by:touch-base
ID: 12306043
Yes, all 4 PCI slots are set to auto and scanning for new hardware finds nothing; the screen clears momentarily and that's it.
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by:touch-base
ID: 12307620
More on this; if I use the Add Hardware wizard, select Network Adaptors, Have Disk, then browse to BCMWL5 (i.e. Belkin), nothing is displayed in the Network adaptors list.
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by:xema
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Went to the Belkin site and downloaded the following Driver F5D7000-v2.4.5.exe
Running the aplication takes you to a Set up.
Did you run the set up from Belkin?
if you did
Did you get an error code?
Wich one?

They have two problems detected during installation, check http://search.belkin.com/cgi-bin/MsmFind.exe?MEDIA_TYPE=0&CFGNAME=MssFindEN.cfg&AGE_WGT=0&NO_DL=X&AND_ON=N&EN=X&QUERY_ENCODING=UTF-8&MCAT%5B5%5D=X&x=12&y=5&QUERY=F5D7000*&LL=EN
for the descriptions.

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by:touch-base
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Yes, I ran F5D7000-V2.4.5UK.exe but no errors were reported.
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by:bmlbytes
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I'm having the exact same problem. I have a Compaq Deskpro p600 and am using a Belkin 802.11g Wireless Network Card (54g). When I plug it in Windows XP doesn't recognize the card. I've tried all 4 slots and none of them work. When I go to the Add Hardware wizard, select Network Adaptors, Have Disk, then browse to BCMWL5.inf, nothing is displayed in the Network adaptors list. It works in my Dell Dimension 4400. Whats wrong.
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by:bmlbytes
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I just figured mine out. My computer did not have 32bit technology in the pci slots, which all 802.11g cards require. So I bought a USB wireless network adaptor and it worked. It said that it need usb 2.0 which I didn't have but the guy at Best Buy said it would work. It did. It travels at a speed of 24-36mbps and thats when its on different levels of my house. I suggest you buy a usb adaptor and see if it works. If it doesn't return it.
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by:touch-base
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I've checked the motherboard spec and the four PCI slots are 32 bit. I'm close to buying a USB adaptor but my determination to get the card working is fuelled by my disbelief that this should cause so much hassle!
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by:waffleironhead
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have you tried the 1014 bios?

may be worth a throw, i mean its been in beta for years now, ive been using it for quite a few with no difficluties

waffle

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by:touch-base
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Okay, tried 1014 and am now towel-less...
Plugged in a very nice USB adaptor from our Linksys chums.
Thanks for all suggestions!
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by:touch-base
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What's a reasonable closure, eh?

Other's comments helped eliminate factors but I was always aware USB was the most likely outcome hence solution...
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by:waffleironhead
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well since you have a solution, albiet one you already figured was a likely outcome, you could head to community support and ask that the question be saved and your points refunded. Given the nature of the problem, I'm pretty sure the contributoers will have no objection.

end solution,

the card is not compatible with your motherboard, these things happan.

waffle
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