Help using mini pci card pulled from wrt54g

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by BryanS, Apr 2, 2005.

  1. BryanS

    BryanS Network Guru Member

    I bought a bricked wrt54g router on ebay after I noticed it was a rev1 with the mini pci card inside. I got it today and pulled the mini pci card.

    I've got an HP laptop that came with a mini pci broadcom card and was wanting to test this new card before installing one of them into my fathers laptop.

    I removed the broadcom card from my laptop and installed the linksys card. Upon bootup win XP recognized the new card and attempted to install drivers for it. It could not locate any which I expected, so I downloaded the WMP54G drivers from linksys's website (both ver2 and ver4 drivers). I tried to istall the ver 2 drivers but had no luck - when I executed the install prog it just flashed a window on the screen and terminated immediately. The ver4 drivers ran but I think they only installed the linksys utilities, not drivers for the hardware.

    What am I doing wrong? I assume I need to locate the proper drivers and/or might need to do a firmware flash of some sort. Can anyone give me any tips. Thanks

  2. BryanS

    BryanS Network Guru Member

    So far I think I've got it working with the driver for the wpc54g pcmcia adapter. I've got it to connect with my wrt54g using this driver, but haven't tried any security settings to tighten the network up. I think this has fixed it - hopefully this info might come in handy for some of you :)

  3. toofgib

    toofgib Network Guru Member

    You might want to check out HP's website for the particular model of notebook that you have. You'll generally find a downloadable Broadcom driver for most models.

    Check this article out at Tom's Networking and see how the author went about upgrading his wireless.

    Good Luck!
  4. BryanS

    BryanS Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the info - I never thought about trying to use the HP broadcom drivers - the Linksys card does use the broadcom chip too from what I gather. That might solve my new deliema, being that the on/off button for wifi on the laptop doesn't function with the linksys card but does with the HP card so far. I guess I'll keep working.

    On a side note, I guess this may all be for nothing as my fathers IBM T40 gives some message from BIOS on startup about my old HP minipci card being an "unauthorized device" or some sort - I didn't jot down the error code or exact message. I found that it would use the card though if I inserted it into the mini pci slot after POST during startup. I know that isn't the smartest thing to do but it worked once :)

    Apparently, IBM has set up the BIOS in their laptops to allow only "approved" minipci adapters to be used, so even though the linksys and broadcom cards will function, the BIOS will not allow them to be installed. There are hacks out there that will let non approved cards work but I don't really feel like hex editing a new BIOS flash and then flashing it to my father's issued by work laptop:) I guess the pcmcia card he's been using will have to do:(
  5. Mark_Venture

    Mark_Venture Network Guru Member

    Where is info on the hack? I'd like to give it a shot.

    [EDIT] NEVER MIND, I found it.
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