Correct driver for the miniPCI card out of a WRT54Gv1.0 ?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by jksmurf, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. jksmurf

    jksmurf Network Guru Member

    I have pulled a Broadcom BCM4306KFB miniPCI out of my (still working btw!) WRT54Gv1.0, stuck it in a Compaq Presario 2100, says found new device but the "recomended" (by WMP54G drivers don't work :-(

    A. "You can use the drivers provided by Linksys for the WMP54G" as stated here

    B. This thread says try a wpc54g pcmcia adapter.

    C. This thread says try a WM54G driver (maybe just aTypo, no "P"?) (and also says "The miniPCI card is the same as that on WMP54G v.1" )

    D. I have done a bit of a search, this thread says use Broadcom drivers with modified ini
    The NIC download link is Broken though :-(

    Two Q's.

    1. Which one REALLY works with this card and which VERSION of WMP54G or WPC54G or WM54G? has about Four

    versions each for the G and GS ?? I'm Confused!
    2. When I get the ini's where do I put them? Windows/Inf or just search for old one of same name?

    If I get it going I'll send an update to Toxic or Simon or whoever, to update the hardware explanation for MY Broadcom chip in MY miniPCI card, to help some other poor barsteward.


    Other thread of interest, but less relevant.
  2. Luke_A_P

    Luke_A_P Network Guru Member

    Any info would be useful for me too, I'm in a similar situation with an IBM laptop.

  3. Avenger20

    Avenger20 Network Guru Member

  4. jksmurf

    jksmurf Network Guru Member

    Cheers Avenger, I'll give them a whirl.
  5. jksmurf

    jksmurf Network Guru Member

    Hiya, old thread, new theme (and problem).

    As per this 18 Nov 2005 post, I have successfully transplanted my WRT54Gv1.0 miniPCI Wireless G card to my wife's Compaq Presario 2100. I used the WPC54Gv1.0 (which saves as v3.1, shows as v2.0 in WinXP System Hardware) driver d/l from Linksys Site (which oddly shows up as WPC54G v2 in the Control Panel) and all was well.

    Well it was all OK until about 2 weeks ago and then my wife's PC started having more and more of a hard time connecting to my WRT54GSv1.1, which is my main router and gateway to the net. Often it won't connect at all. I use Windows to manage the connection, made using WEP (saved Key). When it does, it seems to be OK. I Use Thibor 15c on the main router and the SSID tab shows 1 or two other routers around me. I upped the power on the WRT54GS but I don't think that setting has helped.

    I have heard that it can help to set the type of connections to B/G in the laptop and or router. Do you think this would help?

    There are several drivers that appear to work on the WRT54Gv1.0 miniPCI. Obviously the WPC54G is one, another is the WMP54G. Would this help?

    Repairing (Right click icon, repair connection) the connection sometimes works, WinsockXP fix didn't have any effect.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions, it is annoying my wife a fair bit, who likes to turn the PC on and just have it work.:rolleyes:

  6. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Switching driver may not help, and if you use the driver from WPC54G to install your WM54G, Windows XP may not accept the driver from WMP54G, so you may have to force the switch.

    By the way have you tried uninstalling the device driver and let Windows reinstall it?
  7. jksmurf

    jksmurf Network Guru Member

    Hi Esquire, thanks for responding. I will try a forced switch, I do remember it not "taking" very well when I tried a year ago. btw do you mean WM54G or WMP54G or can both be used?

    No, I have not yet tried a driver uninstall/reinstall, but I will give that a go. Presumably windows finds the best driver that it thinks will work?

  8. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    There is no built-in driver in Windows so you may need to provide one manually during reinstallation, but it does seem to be accepting more readily the driver for WPC54G rather than for WMP54G.

    There is no official Linksys driver for WM54G as far as I know since it is used only on WRT54G v1.0, so your best bet is to find an updated generic driver for a BCM4306KFB or an updated generic driver for a WPC54G.
  9. jksmurf

    jksmurf Network Guru Member

    Well, lots of googling later, I tried a few generic drivers and drivers from other Notebooks with the same WLAN Card. All the drivers below worked and my connection was duly made, with either a very good or excellent signal.

    Dell TrueMobile 1300 WLAN MCPI Driver Date 10/02/2005 Broadcom Shows as "Compatible H/W" that remains in the WinXP Hardware Update Wizard, when you choose "No, not this time", then "Install from a specific location", then "Don't search. I will choose the best driver to install."

    Linksys WPC54Gv1.0 Driver Date 18/02/2005 Broadcom (Confusingly, shows as WPC54G v2 when installed and the download shows as v3.1 driver set. Also shows as Shows as "Compatible H/W that" remains in the WinXP Hardware Update Wizard.

    WLAN 802.11g miniPCI Module. BT Voyager 1040 Driver Date 17/07/2003 Broadcom Does NOT show as compatible hardware in the WinXP Hardware Update Wizard i.e. when you click Have Disk, it shows a list of drivers. You have to say "yes" install it even though a message says it is not compatible.

    HP Pavilion DV4306EA 5.00C shows as Broadcom 802.11 b/g WLAN Driver Date 17/12/2005 Broadcom Also requires you to say yes.

    HP Pavilion DV4306EA 4.00E shows as Broadcom 802.11 b/g WLAN Driver Date 21/07/2005 Broadcom Also requires you to say yes.

    HP Pavilion ZE4306WM 3.00B shows as Broadcom 802.11 b/g WLAN Driver Date 26/06/2004 Broadcom Also requires you to say yes.

    I did not try to install the WMP54G Driver (recommended by Avenger above), which apparently also works. I should imagine it does.

    Presumably none of these should work either, not being a BCM43XX series chip? This fellow managed to get a WMP54G (WMP54G v2.0 (Broadcom BCM4306 based) working with of those drivers though. :confused:

    Now, to the important things. None of the above really helped the particular issue I have been having. They all allowed me a network connection initially, but after a lid-close (with notebook on, i.e. NOT a shutdown, a sort of hibernate state), they generally all had problems re-connecting to my WRT54GSv1.1 main Router. When they were first connected the signal was either very good or excellent. After waking up from a lid-close, suddenly there was no signal. There was only a signal from another router elsewhere in our block. A bit of fiddling around with repair connection sometimes got the connection back and it was back to good/excellent.

    I use static DHCP in Thibor 15c on my WRT54GSv1.1. Do you think that after disconnecting, the notebook has problems with receiving the (reserved) static IP? So far I have been using windows wireless networking to manage the WLAN card. Do you think using Broadcom's networking managment utlity and unchecking Windows WLAN Management would help? Does anyone have any recommendations on the Broadcom utlity? Presumably it will work with the card, as it is a Broadcom chip?



    [EDIT]The ASUS WL-120G, also has the BCM4306KFB chipset. I might try those next...
    [EDIT]Changed wording from "forced install" to "Also requires you to say yes"
  10. infoterror

    infoterror LI Guru Member

    After googling linksys problems all evening, I've learned that the WMP54g randomly fails to install on certain Windows XP machines -- and leaves a trail of wreckage through the registry making future installs implausible.
  11. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Have you reported this problem before? When the notebook resumes from standby or hibernation, and it detects no signal, presumably you have refresh the screen with another scan for signals? This problem could be caused by Windows Power Management, so check your driver Properties for related settings, for example:


    PS. Clicking 'Continue with Installation" at a Windows Hardware Compatibility warning screen is not a "forced" installation - it's a warning screen with an option to stop installation, that is all. A forced installation is when Windows refuses to install and the user intervened.
  12. jksmurf

    jksmurf Network Guru Member

    No, sorry.:redface: I guess I should have been clearer. Clearly I'm not that network savvy, but I do try to follow the explanations and instructions.
    Yes, sometimes.
    Sorry, but should I CHECK or UN-CHECK the Wake settings? Currently this is checked. IIRC radio is enabled. If it should like the screens above, I will need to modify one of those settings!
    Thanks for the explanation, and your patience. I will modify the original post.


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