How come my Linksys wireless PCI card is not working?

by on January 18, 2010

Q: My step dad built me a computer for graduation but forgot a wireless card. No problem, I end up buying a Linksys wireless PCI adapter (Model WMP54GS) and installing it into the computer.

Despite installing the drivers and everything, I still can’t get it to work. the Linksys RangePlus Wireless Network Adapter works but incredibly slowly and intermittently. Any ideas on why I can’t get the PCI adapter to work?


3 Responses to “How come my Linksys wireless PCI card is not working?”
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    Sounds like more of an issue with the wireless network you’re trying to access than anything. How far away are you from the wireless router?

    Also what does work with the PCI adapter? Does it show up in the device list? Can it detect wireless networks?

     
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    I’m somewhere under 50 feet of the router, I believe. I only have my desktop to test the adapter out on, so I’m not sure what else works with it. My laptop, however, is right next to the desktop and I get great wireless signal with it.

    Initially, I was running Windows XP 64-bit with SP3 and it wasn’t working. I contacted Linksys and they told me that it was an incompatibility with SP3 and there was nothing they could do on their end.

    Since then, I’ve upgraded the OS to Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and I’m still having the same issues with getting the PCI adapter to work and I don’t believe I see it on the device list at all.

     
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    That’s pretty far away from the router which is why the USB adapter isn’t working well for you.

    First thing is if the PCI card isn’t showing up on the Device list at all, even as an unknown device, than it either isn’t installed correctly (try pulling the card out and back in again, maybe try another PCI slot), or the card doesn’t work at all. Also look for any activity lights on the PCI card. If it is showing up in the device list then you might want to buy an external antenna to help boost the signal.