One day I decided it would be a cool idea to network my Apple Powerbook G4 with my Dell Desktop via my Linksys WRT54G, so I created a new user profile so that Windows prompts for a User ID/Password upon startup. I was having wireless connectivity problems with my desktop which runs Windows ME, but eventually solved it by enabling the WPA security option on the Netgear WG311v2 PCI Adapter's advanced settings. I shut down my computer, but the computer stalls on a black screen, single cursor blinking, the next time I start up.
CRTL-ALT-DEL allows me the option to restart in safe mode, which I do. With help from Google, I figure out the problem may be the PCI Adapter, so I uninstall it with no problems, restart my computer, and am able to access Normal mode (albeit without internet access). When prompted for a user ID and password, I choose not to use the default login and instead log in using the new user profile I created before.
Now here is where I make some pretty dumb choices.
Determined to get my internet up and running again, I reinstall the PCI Adapter and restart. Bad idea. I'm back to the black screen, and so I restart in safe mode.
In safe mode I am unable to find and subsequently uninstall the PCI adapter software just previously reinstalled, so on my laptop I download the latest driver for my wireless card, burn it onto a CD-RW, then unzip the file onto my PC's desktop. Using SETUP.EXE I attempt both a re- and uninstall but end up with an error message: "ERROR 1605 This action is only valid for products that are currently installed."
As a last resort, I delete my new user profile in hopes of removing everything associated with it. No luck.
Now I am left with a PC that is unable to access Normal mode, not to mention the internet. Is there hope for its restoration without completely reinstalling the OS and losing my files?
Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Let me know if you need more information.
ETA: If this is in the wrong forum, I apologize and won't mind its transfer.
Edited by SlowToWarmUp, 05 January 2006 - 09:32 PM.