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External wireless adapter not recognised

By pin0ydude
Jun 2, 2008
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  1. Hi all

    I just bought a D-Link wireless cardbus adapter (DWL-G650), followed the included instructions and yet windows won't recognise the new hardware. Currently, it is actually plugged in but it is as if the adapter is non existent. Did I purchase a dead adapter?
    I'm running windows XP SP2 on a Compaq Presario V3118au.

    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you :)
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

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    So when you insert it you do not get the beep noise or anything from your laptop?

    Also in Device Manager, it doesn't show up? (Start-->Run-->devmgmt.msc)
    And there aren't any yellow querried symbols in Device Manager?

    If No, then I'd say hardware issue on the card, or the pcmcia connector in the laptop
  3. pin0ydude

    pin0ydude TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    When I insert it there is no noise or anything.
    There aren't any yellow querried symbols in Device Manager either.
    Could it be because this cardbus adapter requires a Cardbus Type II slot, and my laptop has an ExpressCard/54 PC Card Slot? Or are these the same thing?

    thanks
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  5. pin0ydude

    pin0ydude TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Thanks for your help kimsland :)
    turns out I bought the wrong hardware...I need an ExpressCard wireless adapter...or maybe get an expresscard to cardbus adapter?
    Are those usb wireless adapters any good? e.g. Netgear WG111
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I've got one in my hand right now!

    I plugged it in a couple of months ago, to a computer one room away and it dropped connection all the time.

    Now I've heard others state it can go from one side of the house to the other.
    But this one didn't, brand new.

    Personally I don't like them.
  7. pin0ydude

    pin0ydude TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    ok.
    Do you know if there are any expresscard to cardbus adapters?
    Sounds like I'd better stick with cardbus.
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