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Reformat, now wireless isn't an option?


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#1 fluffball

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 06:46 AM

Ok hi all, I had a virus on my XP and reformatted it. It's a DELL 3000 dimension and i used the DELL SP2 re-install disk and i have reformatted. But now my problem is getting the wireless internet to work. I Installed the drivers from the DRIVERS AND UTILITIES disk Dell dimension resource CD. Yes, i did it in order. There was one network driver and i did install it, and my computer detects that it can connect to ethernet and the wall (i mean, the little picture comes up saying 'a cable is unplugged' and in network connections the plug-in internet icon is there, but my problem is the wireless internet is not!

I looked up the hardware in the hardware manager and found my wireless adaptor is D-Link AirPlus G DWL-G510 PCI Adapter (rev.:thumbsup: . I went to the dlink tech support and downloaded the driver for that EXACT VERSION and installed it on my computer. But when i go into device manager, the d-link network card has a yellow exclamation besides it and it says "This device cnnot start. (Code 10)

When i go to network connections there is no wireless connection icon (like the computers with an anntena between them), and there is no wireless icon in the startup bar. I tried deleting it and then restarting in hope that it would recognise it as new hardware and reinstall it, but it just reinstalled it with the same yellow exclamation mark like before. Help, anyone? I'm happy to give more information, if it is needed. Thanks in advance!

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 07:53 AM

I would have pulled the card before reloading

Did you look at the card to get the right revision for the drivers?
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 12:40 AM

Yes, i checked on device manager and it said it was revision B so i downloaded the driver for revision B. There were two drivers from the website, one said SP3 and one said 4.01 or something rather. I picked the 4.01 since i have SP2 not Sp3.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 01:01 AM

ftp://ftp.dlink.com/Wireless/dwlg510_revB...ivers_S0031.zip

this is the driver you need
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:06 AM

Thankyou for such a quick response chew. I'm going to burn it to a disc right now! :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:16 AM

Good luck

durn plug and pray
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:25 AM

I tried, but i still get the same problem. Should i try taking the card out of the computer (un nail it) and putting it in again?

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:47 AM

See if there's any reference to the old driver in add/remove programs

Uninstall the device from device manager, reboot

You might need to remove the card but try other remedies first
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 03:59 AM

Hi i physically took the card out (un nailed it) then put it back in and started up. It works! I'm just wondering though, since i just reformatted, do i need to update windows for security reasons? Is it best, that i do not browse until my computer is properly updated? I'm waiting for morning so i can download in my off-peak internet download limit (so annoying, 24GB i hardly get to use, because i'm never on in the morning!!)

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:19 AM

SP3 Download links:
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers
Windows XP Service Pack 3 - ISO-9660 CD Image.


http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/146857/windows-xp-service-pack-3-sp3-information/

I always get the sp administrative installer and save it for future use, then I disconnect from the internet and disable all security programs and crapware to update

I do not trust autoupdate for 100+ fixes
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 11:45 PM

sigh i have only just realised that even though the wireless is now installed and recognises the network, when i try to connecct to the internet the page always says unable to load

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 11:53 PM

Have you configured the card for the appropriate encryption?
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:07 AM

I think so. The internet signal strength is 10% if it helps. (the modem has been moved during the time since before the computer was reformatted and now)

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:26 AM

10% is way too weak, I get that if I try to conect to a neighbor a block away
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:27 AM

Ok i'm going to try move it closer because there is another spot it can go. i will tell you what happens then.




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