WMP54G wont install in WinXP

When I try to install the  Linksys wmp54G wireless network adapter, WinXP opens up the usual "found new hardware" dialogue, but when i insert the disc, it fails to recognize it as containing the relevant drivers. Even if I point it directly to the .INF file, it still wont use it. I am using the driver/software downloaded from the linksys website. I am in the UK, is this an issue? Somebody please help as I have tried everything I can think of!!
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Usually you have to use the setup software on the CD (or the one you downloaded), and often that has to be done before the adapter is in the system. Make sure that is the case by checking the manual or installation instructions. Then, once the software is installed, shutdown and insert your adapter, then restart and the drivers should get automatically installed.
billysalisburyAuthor Commented:
I'm afraid I've tried that already. Originally I was using Win2000 and I made the mistake of inserting the card before installing the drivers. After this no amount of uninstalling both card and drivers and re-installing them in the right order would work, so i reformatted my drive and did a clean install of Win XP, hoping that would solve the problem. However, even though I am installing them in the right order for win XP: card then drivers (I've tried both btw!), windows still doesn't recognize the drivers. Any other ideas? I've noticed someone has already written a solution to this problem on this site, but you have to be a premium member to see the solution!! very frustrating as I've been trying to solve this for weeks and have no internet access without it!
Have you tried using a different PCI slot? Sometimes the slots can make a difference!
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billysalisburyAuthor Commented:
Yep, tried it! Windows is recognising the hardware as being there. It says it's found a network controller, it just wont accept the drivers....
Try uninstalling everything again, then click Start, Run


Locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | SYSTEM | CurrentControlSet | Enum | PCI


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 change the permissions to include you or the administrator (Whoever you use to install the driver) full access.

Close the registry editor and reboot with the card inside. Retry the installation.
billysalisburyAuthor Commented:
Hey Rindi,

thanks for all the advice, but I've solved it myself in the end. Despite saying on the linksys website that the drivers from the US site will work for UK products, when I actually tracked down the UK driver, it worked!! The software failed to install, and Win XP warned me that the driver was unsigned and would cause my computer to explode, but despite all this I went ahead and it WORKED!! So now I have net access and to be honest I think I'm just gonna not touch it ever again for fear of breaking it! Cheers for all the ideas!

In that case, good luck!
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