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Inactive WMP54GS/Windows 98

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by pauln, May 26, 2004.

  1. pauln

    pauln Network Guru Member

    I finally took the plunge and upgraded my old Proxim Symphony wireless network to a WRT54GS and WMP54GS clients (2x W98SE).

    The first client installed without a hitch and works fine. Certainly faster than the Symphony even though W98 can't take advantage of the Speedbooster, something I missed when looking at the product comparison so I would've been fine with the 54G. Oh well perhaps I'll upgrade to a new system someday and be forced to use XP.

    I'm tearing my hair out with the second system. The adapter installs, is seen by the system but the drivers won't load.

    I get a message during startup from windows that "the Linksys .... is not working properly and may need to be reinstalled". The Linksys software reports "the WMP54GS is inactive".

    Control panel implies that NDIS/NTKERNEL can't load the drivers. I've tried all sorts of install permutations and suspect I have an old NDIS-related driver someplace but can't track it down.

    Any hints? :?
     
  2. squirrel

    squirrel Guest

    I had the same problems that you describe with a WMPG54GS. I spent 3 days, trying to get the pci card to work on 4 different computers, running Win98SE, XP SP1, XP SP2. I even got a replacement card. I spent 4 hours on the phone with the Linksys technicians, they finally recommended that in order to solve the problem with the adapter, I had to get a different model, maybe even an USB model. Sad but true. I finally gave up and returned all the linksys cards that I had and got a different one (MSI PC54G2), without the "Speedbooster" feature, but I don't care as long as it works. I'll try it out and let you know. In the meantime, if you do a search on google, you'll see how many people have had problems with Windows (any version) recognizing this adapter properly. Code 10, yellow signs, etc. It seems that linksys will have to fix this adapter (maybe new firmware, who knows) or they'll be flooded with calls.
     
  3. pauln

    pauln Network Guru Member

    My solution was a new pc

    :roll: Well it was time anyway. Built a new system from Mwave and the card worked fine. A terrible solution but that's Windows for ya.

    I have enjoyed the speed and mucho disk space of the new system. Only problem were a couple legacy ISA cards so I've got the old system over in the corner still.

    I ended up swapping 2 of 3 of the 54GS cards. Doesn't say much for Linksys QC. :(
     
  4. Alltrain

    Alltrain Guest

    WMP54G w/win 98

    :( I have spent over a month trying to get my WMP54G card to be recognized by Win 98SE in a Micron PC Client Pro (500 MCHZ) 128MB Memory. I finally upgraded the BIOS to the latest available. After the upgrade, the card is recognized on the cold boot but usually is disabled. If I shut down and then reboot immeadiatly, the card comes up active and working. For some reason, the card does not like to share IRQ 9 with the USB controller on the cold boot but is happy to share on the warm boot. Once it is up and running it stays connected and I have no problems until the next boot.
     
  5. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Windows SE has a problem with the sharing of IRQs. If the machince will run Winows XP, I would suggest you upgrade to it if you have enough hard drive. You are a little short on memory. Actually Windows SE doe not handle large amount of memory well either since it is a 16 bit operating system. If you upgrade your OS, I would suggest you go to at least 384MB. I do not know the type of memory is on your motherboard, some older types are still expensive since thye are not used that much now. You can go to EBay, sometimes you can get used memory cheap. Just be carefully.
     

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