I am going crazy!! WPC54G v.2 is wacko!!!

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by hypertweeky, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. hypertweeky

    hypertweeky Network Guru Member

    Hi there everyone!!

    I am trying to install a Linksys Wireless notebook adapter, model: WPC54G V2 in a computer with the following specifications:
    AMD-K6 III processor (500mhz), 128MB Ram, running on win 98 SE.
    Here is the problem, it is my friend's computer, he claims the card had been working fine until his teenage son got a hold of it.
    I uninstalled the wireless card from the device manager, network connections, I uninstalled the WLAN monitor to get a fresh start but when I attempted to run the installation cd I get a prompt stating that the WLAN monitor and drivers for the card are already installed!, I have looked EVERYWHERE!! and I don't see them.
    I have no problem installing the Wireless card, there are no conflicts with it, the computer detects it (It beeps upon start up) but the WLAN monitor is inactive, It won't let me do anything!.
    Can someone shed a bit of light? I am going nuts over this one

    PS: The wireless card specifications says it works with Win 98 Se..

    Thanks a lot!!
  2. hypertweeky

    hypertweeky Network Guru Member


    Anybody please??
    I don't know what to do, I have trid to delete the WLan monitor and anything related to its drivers in the windows registry but I can't seem to get rid off it therefore I can't start a fresh installation :cry:
  3. SteelersFANinMA

    SteelersFANinMA Network Guru Member

    Try downloading the latest Broadcom drivers ( here:


    Which was posted by somms on 8-15-05 here:


    Extract the folder from the .cab file and then copy and paste bcmwl5.sys in:


    Note: That's were the driver is located in XP, so 98SE may store the drivers in a different but similar folder. You could also do a search for bcmwl5.sys to see if it still exist on his system and if so, replace it with the one above. You shouldn't need the CD and there is no installer, just copy and paste the .sys file.

    Good Luck!
  4. hypertweeky

    hypertweeky Network Guru Member

    Hey there:)
    Thanks for your reply, I tried their drivers but it didn't work out:(, I looked for the bcmwl5.sys in my computer but it is nowhere to be found, I went ahead and pasted the file under windows/system32/drivers (same location), turned off the laptop, iserted the card thinking I wouln't need the cd.. but it asked me for the linksys cd which I had but it didn't find 3 files in it even though I explore the cd and they are there, then it asked for the win 98 se cd which I had too and same thing happened.
    Linksys tech support is helpless.. Oh well..
  5. SteelersFANinMA

    SteelersFANinMA Network Guru Member

    No problem, sorry it didn't work. That's how I update my WPC54G v1.2. I never use the CD. If it's asking for the 98SE CD then there may be an issue with the OS and not the card. Hopefully someone else will give you some suggestions. Good Luck.
  6. caverne_man

    caverne_man Guest

    WPC54G V2 inactive

    I also had this issue with my WPC54G V2. I install different drivers new, old on existing windows 98SE or new windows ME and same thing, after the installation and reboot the card is inactive.

    I eventually found the trick: while the the wireless G utility is running and showing your card as inactive, well, you stop it from the PC-card service and then unplug it. Wait few secondes, plug it back. And after windows activate the device, the utility also finaly recognize the device.
    And from there, you can reboot the computer, the card will work fine.

    Weird ...
  7. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Another thing to try - Win sometimes stores the .inf files of 3rd party drivers as something like oem##.inf, where ## is a number like 1 or 15 or so. (It also sometimes store it as the original .inf file). If you want to force a re-install of the drivers, find the appropriate \WINDOWS\inf\*.inf file and delete it, then re-insert the card and let Win detect it.

    Most .inf files are just text, so open it with a text viewer or Notepad.

    As for Win asking for the Win CD - Windows (98 and variants) is rather stupid, so everytime you make a change to any network drivers and such, it wants to re-install the TCP/IP stack, winsock, the netbios stuff, etc.
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