Re-Installing Cardbus drivers in a Compaq Armada running windows 2000 professional

The cardbus controllers in the this Compaq Armada m700 got uninstalled and need to be re-installed. Device is a Texas Instruments PCI-1450.   Every time I go through the update driver routine, it fails with the error "the parameter is incorrect".

I've isolated it to the point where it is reading an inf file called pcmcia.inf and copying a driver named pcmcia.sys to my Winnt\system32\drivers folder.  Then the install fails with the parameter is incorrect error.

I have tried about everything I can think of.  It is clearly copying the driver before it fails.

All advice appreciated.
markdolarAsked:
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Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
Are you installing the driver through a setup program??
Try here for setup program http://list.driverguide.com/matches.php?h=586b0cc9585f1e80b9fe489746c1283c&ids[0]=6744&ids[1]=6743&ids[2]=75002&ids[3]=106243&ids[4]=108823&ids[5]=133602&ids[6]=374991&ids[7]=255821&ids[8]=374829&ids[9]=106244&ids[10]=53426&ids[11]=53674&ids[12]=53675&cid=1047&model=Texas+Instruments+PCI-1450+CardBus+Controller

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markdolarAuthor Commented:
This did not appear to work.  I got the file this search pointed at, ran it and attempted the install from it.  It could not find a number of files.  These files don't look like the same files that the system tries to install (pcmcia.sys and pcmcia.inf), and I'm concerned that these are not windows 2000 compatible files.  

I skipped every file it could not find and could not find the first one (csmapper.sys) on either my hard driver or the windows 2000 professional disk.  The error at the end of the install was:

a function driver was not specificied for this device instance.

Please advise
Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
make sure u download the correct driver for your OS..
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markdolarAuthor Commented:
I downloaded and tried everything that referred to Windows 2000, hoping even a generic driver would work.  For TI, only win95 files were on the website.  It wasn't clear whether they were referring to the TI laptop or the TI PCMCIA website.

Part of the problem is that I don't know what the correct driver should look like - my windows 2000 professional disk leads me to think that the correct driver has only two files - pcmcia.inf and pcmcia.sys.  However, I am not positive of this.

The color coding of the OS names in the driverguide database is a little confusing.  If you can explain the color coding, that might help, but I tried every single one.

I suspect the answer lies in some kind of magic registry command...but again I am not sure.

All advice appreciated.  
Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
Was the PCI card installed from factory, or is it summat you added later..
Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
markdolarAuthor Commented:
What I am referring to are the Cardbus slots themselves, not a card.  They are part of the laptop.  The laptop recognizes no pcmcia cards right now because the slots themselves are not accessible.

The hp sie you suggested didn't appear to have anything useful.  HP/Compaq won't provide support becase the laptop does'nt have the original OS on it.  I put win2000 pro on the machine a few years ago and it worked flawlessly until the cardbus slots got de-installed a week ago.  
Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
Surely are thr PnP on the OS, then use the windows 2000 cd to install the correct driver..
markdolarAuthor Commented:
I tried the win2000CD.  Even re-installed the OS without deleting my files.  Had to re-apply all my patches. Still didn't work.
markdolarAuthor Commented:
I've solved my own problem - with help from a vendor.

The solution is that when you go to upgrade the driver, make sure you have an internet connection and select "Windows Update" instead of the other options.  Apparently, when it goes out to the MS site it bypasses this error.

This is a problem encountered when installing a Magma card on a laptop running windows 2000 (win2k, w2k).
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