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Wireless pci card installed - PC wont boot.

Hi,

XP PC Dell sp2
Uninstalled the SW for a wireless usb key - I dont like usb wireless keys.
Installed  a trendnet pci wireless card.  (latest drivers)  No SW controller loaded.  I prefer windows to handle wireless.

PC freezes on windows splash screen after putting in password.
Remove card - and it boots perfectly.

perhaps the PC has an aversion to this PCI card - or am I missing something.
Boots to safe mode ok.  (I didnt try with networking) ran out of time on site.

Re visiting site with another brand pci tomorrow

Anyone any other ideas?
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leeds2000Commented:
Sounds like a hardware conflict there yes. If you have latest drivers installed, it may help updating firmware  on BIOS too, or try some older drivers (Will probably not help) but the easiest solution is to return it and get another card, which will probably solve the problem
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dylanharringtonCommented:
I bought one of those Trendnet wireless PCI cards before and I had nothing but problems with it... Good luck getting support. I agree with leeds, return it and buy another brand like Belkin or even a Linksys.
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wordedAuthor Commented:

I used them before and no probs.

Then using the same driver - one fits all I thought .......

Dooh ...... they have several version of the same model - the word arse spings to mind.

Yeah its really looking like a different brand to test on this one. I like the link sys but they are a bit more$

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leeds2000Commented:
What version of wireless pci card do you have? model number

Most likely there are more people that have had the same problem, but i need to model name to check this out :)
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wordedAuthor Commented:


tew-423pi  H/W version C1.OR     - (could be C1.0R)  zero or O ?

Yes would be good to know if known issue.  
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wordedAuthor Commented:


The Dell PC is very new and may have PCI express slots?
Does a PCI fit in a PCI express slot?
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leeds2000Commented:
Well, no, you can't use a PCI-Express graphics card in a normal slot - they physically can't fit into the slot

about the conflict, i see other people with conflict issues, just havent figured out a solution yet
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wordedAuthor Commented:


We are not talking about graphics.  Is PCI only for graphics?

Like are there PCI wireless cards?  
If no - it def not that.
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leeds2000Commented:
PCI express is for graphics, not PCI

here are information about PCI - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peripheral_Component_Interconnect

And here is information about PCI express - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pci_express

there are pictures so you would know how the PCI bus looks like (the PCI is the one you should use for the wireless card) not PCI express
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leeds2000Commented:
Here are the diffrences of PCI and PCI express, picture and description below (picture in link)


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fc/PCIExpress.jpg/250px-PCIExpress.jpg

PCI Express slots (from top to bottom: x4, x16, x1 and x16), compared to a traditional 32-bit PCI slot (bottom)
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wordedAuthor Commented:


Thanks for the last line there.

"there are pictures so you would know how the PCI bus looks like (the PCI is the one you should use for the wireless card) not PCI express"  

Its 3am where I am and eyes are closing, and half way through a bottle of wine.  hiiiiiiiiiiiic.

Thanks to all, will go to suppliers tomorrow and get a diff brand and a usb adapter just in case.


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leeds2000Commented:
no problem, hope it will fix it :)
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leeds2000Commented:
Did your new Wireless card fix the problem?

If so, can you give out the points :)
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wordedAuthor Commented:



I used a sweex card and it did the job.  

Bad Trendnet cards x 2 ........ considering never using them again
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