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Can't find correct driver for Wireless Notebook adapter


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I have an old HP Pavilion ze4900 and just recently re-installed XP Home SP3 on it, everything is working fine except the WiFi card. (looks like this: http://tinyurl.com/cax3xwe) It's a Linksys Wireless-B Notebook Adapter (WPC11 ver.4). Device manager tells me I'm missing an "Ethernet Controller" (the driver for the card is missing). I've searched the web but none of the drivers I've installed so far seem to get the card working.
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I'm not sure if this link will work Twinbird.

http://support.links.../adapters/WPC11

No it doesn't fully so click View All Downloads.

Then enter the version number and you should see the driver download further down.
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Hey Wolfeymole,

Thanks for the quick reply! I downloaded and installed the driver/ utility. However, when I open the utility it tells me "WPC11 is Inactive" and I still have the missing Ethernet Controller. I don't know what the problem could be. I think I will just buy a new USB adapter, is there any specific adapter you would recommend for this laptop?

Thanks.
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This is one old box mate and much I loathe flashing the bios, in this case it may be just what's needed.

http://h20000.www2.h...5&swEnvOID=1098

This could then provide the missing controller.
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Okay, I'll give it a try and post back here with how it goes.
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The current version of the BIOS on the laptop is F.15, 09/11/2004. The website has version F.10, 17 Sep 2004. I'm not sure if the BIOS version that is currently installed is Sep 11 or Nov 9 (I'm guessing Nov 9). If I installed F.10 I will just be downgrading my BIOS, won't I? Should I go ahead and flash the BIOS with F.10 anyway?

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Nevermind! I looked at the BIOS history, they have a newer version on there, F.16, I will try that. Sorry.

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Still not working after the BIOS update :/
I'm probably going to go ahead an buy this: http://www.bestbuy.c...888daea51aaen02

Edited by Twinbird, 17 March 2013 - 08:07 PM.

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That would probably be the best bet Twinbird. :thumbsup:
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Thanks for all the help so far! I got a D-Link adapter and it works great.
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