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PCI CARD NOT FOUND BY WINDOWS 98


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MIGHTYMOUSE

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CAN ANY ONE HELP ME ?.
I HAVE A COMPAQ DESKPRO EN 550 PENTIUM 111 WITH WINDOWS 98SE.
I AM TRYING TO INSTALL A WIRELESS PCI NETWORK ADAPTER (Allied Telesyn AT-WCP200G)
I HAVE FITTED IT INTO THE CASE IN A SPARE PCI SLOT, BUT IT DOES NOT SEEM TO ANY THING.
THERE IS A MODEM PCI CARD ALLREADY INSTALLED WITCH DID WORK OK LAST TIME I TRIED IT, AND THIS IS LISTED IN "DEVICE MANAGER" BUT MY WIRELESS ADAPTER IS NOT.
I HAVE THE DRIVER DISK FOR IT AND THE WIN98SE DISK BUT CAN'T GET THE DRIVER TO LOAD.
I'VE BEEN PLAYING AROUND WITH THIS FOR HOURS BUT I'VE RUN OUT OF IDEAS.
HAS ANYONE PLEASE GOT ANY HELP THEY CAN GIVE ME? :tazz:
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Hello MIGHTYMOUSE...

Have you tried the "Add New Hardware" wizard from Control Panel? Use that and click on the "Have Disk" button when you see it during the process...

Let me know how it goes...

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first...please do not type in all caps it is concidered yelling and it's rude..and hard to read....also...acording to your product manual (listed below) this wireless card is only supported on windows 2000, xp, and 2003...they do not offer windows 98 support....so that would explain why your windows 98 computer cannot find it http://www.alliedtel..._WCP200G_A4.pdf
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acording to your product manual (listed below) this wireless card is only supported on windows 2000, xp, and 2003...they do not offer windows 98 support....so that would explain why your windows 98 computer cannot find it


Windows 98 should be able to see the device as an Unknown Device in Device Manager even if there are no drivers available for it. In fact it should have found it if nothing else.

If it doesn't appear in Device Manager, its either not installed correctly, its duff or there's something about the PCI slot its in. Shove it in another one, or put it in a slot that has a card that Windows can see.
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Sorry Guys didn't mean to shout. I am new to this typing stuff, and have no etiquette, so please excuse my bad manners. :)
Since posting my problem I have tried a few things.
1. I tried the card in a different slot, but still had the same result.
2. I moved it into my Win xp computer. This found the card, let me install the driver, then kept crashing and rebooting if I tried to do anything. So I have taken it out of this machine now.
The box it came in says it has device drivers for Win98. But if I put the included cd in my cd drive and brouse the disk, click on "drivers" folder, then "Win98" this seams empty. So perhaps it isn't, or is it a duff card?. :tazz:
Thanks for your advice and again please excuse my typing mistakes.
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Firstly, it says it is compatable with Win98SE, not the older version of Win98. So that might be one start to the issues. If you are running SE, you may have seated the card loosely in the PCI slot.

Beyond that, if installing the drivers that came along with your card is crashing WinXP, you have some other issue with that system. Either a virus or malware which is restricting your new addition to the system, card was not seated right in the system, slot is not fucntioning properly (although that one is doubtful, it should just not function, not crash the system). There are other things to look at, but I'd try exploring these avenues before going further.
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it should just not function, not crash the system).


a faulty (broken pci card) COULD indeed cause a full system crash in xp...if the fault is bad enough to cause any arcing or short circuites within the card..it would disrupt the mother board and cause some drastic errors
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Absolutely, But it's still rather doubtful if it's on a Mobo that is in decent working condition. It's is very possible, just not the most likely cause of the issue, since the most likely hardware issue would be in the card, not the mobo considering the original post.
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right..that's what i'm saying....probably a problem in the card..
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Thanks guys for all your help and advice.
Looks like I must have a duff card, so I'll send it back.
Just my luck :tazz:
Thanks again Mighty Mouse
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