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Another tech geek question, I'm almost there
First of all thanks everyone for your responses to that last e-mail and to altonwings for walking me through it step by step. Unfortunately I've run into another snag.

I've recently installed a microsoft base station and want to use a linksys adapter to connect to the internet wirelessly from another computer. I have a linksys adapter but I lost the installation CD so I downloaded the driver from the website onto my flash drive, brought it over to the computer I want to connect, and attempted to install it there. I also installed the microsoft software and since I am attempting to use a non microsoft adapter it prompted me to open that adapter's software and enter the network settings there. However the linksys adapter software won't let me enter any information. All the buttons are disabled except for "exit" after I installed it and I don't know where or how to enter the network information. Is there something important I'm missing by having lost the actual installation CD?

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I'm feeling incredibly dumb right now, is there something I can do? Advice /much/ appreciated.

Current Mood: disappointed disappointed

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casidhe From: casidhe Date: November 4th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
What is this Linksys adapter that you have?

Is there something important I'm missing by having lost the actual installation CD?

No... Windows XP (if that's what you are using) usually takes control of the wireless card...

What version of Windows XP do you have?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 4th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
What version of XP? Wow, I didn;t know there were different versions. How do I find that out?

The adapter is this one:

http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?childpagename=US%2FLayout&packedargs=c%3DL_Product_C2%26cid%3D1115416827722&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper

If XP takes over stuff then how come I can't press any of the buttons on the setup? =/ *so lost* thanks for your help btw.
casidhe From: casidhe Date: November 4th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right click My Computer and then click Properties. It will tell you what version it is on that first screen.

For example mine is:

Microsoft Windows XP
Professional
Version 2002
Service Pack 2


I think I'm jumping ahead a tiny bit here by accident. I'll get back to your question.

First of all, is it showing up on your computer while plugged in?
To find out:
Right click My Computer and then click Properties. Then click on the Hardware tab and then on Device Manager. Another window should pop up entitled "Device Manager." You want to look for any yellow exclamation marks and red Xs.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 4th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
the software is showing up in the....task bar? I think it is? the bar at the bottom of the screen to the right that shows active programs. Also in the list of programs it shows up.
casidhe From: casidhe Date: November 4th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
That little area is called the System Tray (beats me why they call it that).

I'm reading the adapter's manual right now and it has a little blurb about the "Wireless Network Monitor Icon" which I'm assuming is the software corrct? Is it grayed out when you right click on it?

The users guide says:

If the Wireless Network Monitor is
disabled or the Adapter is not connected, the icon will be gray.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 4th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes it is gray and when I hover my mouse over it it says "disabled".
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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 4th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
everything is connected. I wouldnt imagine my mom's computer would affect mine since she doesn't have the linksys software on hers, just the microsoft stuff and I haven't been able to complete the microsoft installation wizard on mine because I first need to give the linksys adapter my mom's network information before I can continue, but that's what I'm having a hard time figuring out how to do.
casidhe From: casidhe Date: November 4th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a sneaking suspicion that it could be the Microsoft network installation wizard that maybe goofing things up.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 4th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
i believe you're right, as it refuses to continue until I put my mom's network settings into the linksys thing. You think I'm going to have to buy another adapter thats microsoft compatable?
casidhe From: casidhe Date: November 4th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just remove the microsoft network wizard thingy off your computer, it shouldn't necessary to use the wireless that you've setup.

What Microsoft network product are you using BTW?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 4th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok if I remove the microsoft wireless thing from my computer then where do I put my mom's network system information? You think that will unblock the linksys thing?

Ok step by step what should I be doing, should I uninstall the microsoft AND linksys things and start from scratch?

I'm using a Wireless -G Baste Station MN-700 (according to the user manual)
casidhe From: casidhe Date: November 4th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Uninstall only the Microsoft software. From what I've been reading, it isn't necessary to have the software on your computer when it's already on your mother's computer.

It's trial and error mainly and I don't want to jump ahead and confuse you. Uninstall the Microsoft wireless thing and we'll go from there.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 4th, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
ok just did that.
casidhe From: casidhe Date: November 4th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is the Linksys Wireless Network Monitor working now?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 4th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
No its not. Its the same as if the microsoft thing were installed. Its still the same grayed out icon and when I click on it it gives me an option of finding available networks (there are none) and the options are select, refresh, manual settings and exit. All but exit are unclickable. The window that pops up I believe is called "create profile" or something.
casidhe From: casidhe Date: November 4th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... Puzzling. It's like it's acting as if the adapter is not installed or plugged in.

1. Right click My Computer and then click Properties.
2. Click on the Hardware tab and then on Device Manager.
3. Another window should pop up entitled "Device Manager." You want to look for any yellow exclamation marks and red Xs.

This step is to determine if there are any issues with the hardware and drivers on your computer. Tell me if there are any yellow exclamation marks.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 4th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
ok just did so and there are no X's or exclamation marks. everything appears to be ok. I wonder if I should uninstall and reinstall it? the zip folder came with two runable applications, the setup and the one that has the linksys icon. That's correct?
casidhe From: casidhe Date: November 4th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Uninstall and reinstall it... I just downloaded the driver off the website to take a look. The file that I downloaded is "WUSB54GSv1_20050428.exe" and I opened it up to see a "Setup.exe". Run that "Setup.exe"

Hopefully this should reactivate the Wireless Adapter.

Do you want to move this to an instant messaging program where it's faster to get responses?
(email: wliu1217@gmail.com)
casidhe From: casidhe Date: November 4th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Technically Microsoft would get sued for having their networking products only be useable with their own products. Not a wise idea.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 4th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
True but it might save some grief. I really don't want to have to buy anything if I don't have to though ;P
From: battie42 Date: November 4th, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

This might help (?)

My dad uses a Linksys card with our MS router. They don't close anyone out as far as I know.

Thornwolf--

I don't use any software to manage my wireless card. Windows XP should be able to do it itself.

I found a nice walk through on this page. Start at Step 9 under Windows XP SP2 and continue through Step 21. In step 16, change the name of the network from "nostrings" to whatever you named it last night. You will probably not need to worry about step 18.

I hope that helps a bit. If you don't find any other help (I'm sure there are people who know much better), you can IM me at battie712. I can help more if I can know exactly what someone is looking at when there is a problem.
casidhe From: casidhe Date: November 4th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Odd... I have to assume that you do have your adapter plugged in.

Here is what the user guide says to do.

2. The USB Network Adapter does not work properly.
• Reinsert the USB Network Adapter into the notebook or desktop’s USB port.
• Right-click on My Computer, and select Properties. Select the Adapter, then chose the Device Manager tab,
and click on the Network Adapter. You will find the USB Network Adapter if it is installed successfully. If you
see a yellow exclamation mark, the resources may be conflicting and you must follow the steps below:
• Uninstall the driver software from your PC.
• Restart your PC and repeat the hardware and software installation as specified in this User Guide.


In layman's terms (in order from complexity),
1. Unplug and replug in the adapter.
2. Restart the computer.
3. Uninstall and reinstall the driver.
crazdude_k4me From: crazdude_k4me Date: November 4th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww Thorn, don't feel dumb. All of what you just wrote is flying right over my head! Which is odd because I've grown up with computer technology in my house...heh :-P

All is not lost! Even if you don't figure it out, someone will help you! *hugs*
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