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#1 dstn321

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 06:46 PM

Hello,

I am trying to replace the wireless USB adapter I've been using with one that plugs into my cardbus slot, because my laptop has only one functional USB port and I'd like to use it for other things; it is also getting loose and may fail soon (the internal wireless card died).

I'm confused about which device to get, even after googling and doing some reading. I'm seeing different terminology used to describe these, and I can't afford to get the wrong thing. For example, on ebay there's a Netgear Wireless Super G PCMCIA Notebook Card WG511 for $6.95, and on amazon, a Cisco-Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Notebook Adapter for only $7.50. Are they the same thing?
I paid $30 for the Netgear N150 Wireless USB adapter, if I can get a cardbus one for as cheap as 7 or 8 bucks I'd like to go for it asap. So, can anyone please advise me on which would work for my laptop?
Also, this laptop is so old, would it be worthwhile to update to SP3?
I'd appreciate any help, thanks in advance.

Here's my info:

HP Pavilion ze2000
Win XP SP2
Mobile AMD Sempron Processor 2800+
1.59 GHz
1.12 GB RAM
PCMCIA Adapter: Texas Instruments PCI xx21/x515 cardbus controller

The Netgear WirelessG router is about 25 ft. away in the next room,
with a Westell 6100 DSL modem.


MiniToolBox by Farbar Version: 18-01-2012
Ran by me (administrator) on 29-02-2012 at 15:20:09
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (X86)
Boot Mode: Normal
***************************************************************************

========================= IE Proxy Settings: ==============================

Proxy is not enabled.
No Proxy Server is set.
========================= Hosts content: =================================

127.0.0.1 localhost
127.0.0.1 localhost


========================= Event log errors: ===============================

Application errors:
==================
Error: (01/26/2012 09:02:51 PM) (Source: Windows Search Service) (User: )
Description: The entry <C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ME\MY DOCUMENTS\MY DROPBOX\LET THE LITTLE THINGS BE.TXT> in the hash map cannot be updated.

Context: Application, SystemIndex Catalog

Details:
A device attached to the system is not functioning. (0x8007001f)

Error: (01/26/2012 09:02:51 PM) (Source: Windows Search Service) (User: )
Description: The entry <C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ME\MY DOCUMENTS\MY DROPBOX\LET THE LITTLE THINGS BE.TXT> in the hash map cannot be updated.

Context: Application, SystemIndex Catalog

Details:
A device attached to the system is not functioning. (0x8007001f)

Error: (01/24/2012 04:51:04 AM) (Source: EvntAgnt) (User: )
Description: Error positioning to end of log file -- seek to end of log failed.
Handle specified is 770616. Return code from ReadEventLog is 1500.

Error: (01/23/2012 11:55:51 AM) (Source: Windows Search Service) (User: )
Description: The entry <C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ME\MY DOCUMENTS\MY DROPBOX\GONNA SAVE YOU IN THE END.TXT> in the hash map cannot be updated.

Context: Application, SystemIndex Catalog

Details:
A device attached to the system is not functioning. (0x8007001f)

Error: (01/23/2012 11:55:51 AM) (Source: Windows Search Service) (User: )
Description: The entry <C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ME\MY DOCUMENTS\MY DROPBOX\GONNA SAVE YOU IN THE END.TXT> in the hash map cannot be updated.

Context: Application, SystemIndex Catalog

Details:
A device attached to the system is not functioning. (0x8007001f)

Error: (01/23/2012 11:55:51 AM) (Source: Windows Search Service) (User: )
Description: The entry <C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ME\MY DOCUMENTS\MY DROPBOX\GONNA SAVE YOU IN THE END.TXT> in the hash map cannot be updated.

Context: Application, SystemIndex Catalog

Details:
A device attached to the system is not functioning. (0x8007001f)

Error: (01/23/2012 11:55:51 AM) (Source: Windows Search Service) (User: )
Description: The entry <C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ME\MY DOCUMENTS\MY DROPBOX\GONNA SAVE YOU IN THE END.TXT> in the hash map cannot be updated.

Context: Application, SystemIndex Catalog

Details:
A device attached to the system is not functioning. (0x8007001f)

Error: (01/19/2012 11:56:35 PM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application wna1100.exe, version 1.1.4.27, faulting module user32.dll, version 5.1.2600.3099, fault address 0x00015a48.
Processing media-specific event for [wna1100.exe!ws!]

Error: (01/19/2012 10:46:57 PM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application WifiSvc.exe, version 2.1.0.24, faulting module WifiLib.dll, version 2.1.0.24, fault address 0x000063ea.
Processing media-specific event for [WifiSvc.exe!ws!]

Error: (01/17/2012 00:50:53 PM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application WifiSvc.exe, version 2.1.0.24, faulting module WifiLib.dll, version 2.1.0.24, fault address 0x000063ea.
Processing media-specific event for [WifiSvc.exe!ws!]


System errors:
=============
Error: (02/26/2012 09:07:13 AM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: Timeout (30000 milliseconds) waiting for a transaction response from the WSWNA1100 service.

Error: (02/23/2012 00:25:03 PM) (Source: ipnathlp) (User: )
Description: The Network Address Translator (NAT) was unable to request an operation
of the kernel-mode translation module.
This may indicate misconfiguration, insufficient resources, or
an internal error.
The data is the error code.

Error: (02/23/2012 00:23:00 PM) (Source: 0) (User: )
Description: NETGEAR WNA1100 N150 Wireless USB Adapter

Error: (02/22/2012 09:38:59 PM) (Source: 0) (User: )
Description: {504F70EA-7EAE-4166-A4B1-AB207C8C9890}

Error: (02/18/2012 05:42:59 PM) (Source: ipnathlp) (User: )
Description: The Network Address Translator (NAT) was unable to request an operation
of the kernel-mode translation module.
This may indicate misconfiguration, insufficient resources, or
an internal error.
The data is the error code.

Error: (02/18/2012 05:42:14 PM) (Source: ipnathlp) (User: )
Description: The Network Address Translator (NAT) was unable to request an operation
of the kernel-mode translation module.
This may indicate misconfiguration, insufficient resources, or
an internal error.
The data is the error code.

Error: (02/18/2012 05:38:03 PM) (Source: ipnathlp) (User: )
Description: The Network Address Translator (NAT) was unable to request an operation
of the kernel-mode translation module.
This may indicate misconfiguration, insufficient resources, or
an internal error.
The data is the error code.

Error: (02/16/2012 01:10:07 PM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: The Google Update Service (gupdate1cc9cbd5748b930) service failed to start due to the following error:
%%1053

Error: (02/16/2012 01:10:06 PM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: Timeout (30000 milliseconds) waiting for the Google Update Service (gupdate1cc9cbd5748b930) service to connect.

Error: (02/16/2012 01:09:58 PM) (Source: DCOM) (User: SYSTEM)
Description: DCOM got error "%%1053" attempting to start the service gupdate1cc9cbd5748b930 with arguments "/comsvc"
in order to run the server:
{4EB61BAC-A3B6-4760-9581-655041EF4D69}


Microsoft Office Sessions:
=========================
Error: (01/26/2012 09:02:51 PM) (Source: Windows Search Service)(User: )
Description: Context: Application, SystemIndex Catalog

Details:
A device attached to the system is not functioning. (0x8007001f)
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ME\MY DOCUMENTS\MY DROPBOX\LET THE LITTLE THINGS BE.TXT

Error: (01/26/2012 09:02:51 PM) (Source: Windows Search Service)(User: )
Description: Context: Application, SystemIndex Catalog

Details:
A device attached to the system is not functioning. (0x8007001f)
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ME\MY DOCUMENTS\MY DROPBOX\LET THE LITTLE THINGS BE.TXT

Error: (01/24/2012 04:51:04 AM) (Source: EvntAgnt)(User: )
Description: 7706161500

Error: (01/23/2012 11:55:51 AM) (Source: Windows Search Service)(User: )
Description: Context: Application, SystemIndex Catalog

Details:
A device attached to the system is not functioning. (0x8007001f)
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ME\MY DOCUMENTS\MY DROPBOX\GONNA SAVE YOU IN THE END.TXT

Error: (01/23/2012 11:55:51 AM) (Source: Windows Search Service)(User: )
Description: Context: Application, SystemIndex Catalog

Details:
A device attached to the system is not functioning. (0x8007001f)
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ME\MY DOCUMENTS\MY DROPBOX\GONNA SAVE YOU IN THE END.TXT

Error: (01/23/2012 11:55:51 AM) (Source: Windows Search Service)(User: )
Description: Context: Application, SystemIndex Catalog

Details:
A device attached to the system is not functioning. (0x8007001f)
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ME\MY DOCUMENTS\MY DROPBOX\GONNA SAVE YOU IN THE END.TXT

Error: (01/23/2012 11:55:51 AM) (Source: Windows Search Service)(User: )
Description: Context: Application, SystemIndex Catalog

Details:
A device attached to the system is not functioning. (0x8007001f)
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ME\MY DOCUMENTS\MY DROPBOX\GONNA SAVE YOU IN THE END.TXT

Error: (01/19/2012 11:56:35 PM) (Source: Application Error)(User: )
Description: wna1100.exe1.1.4.27user32.dll5.1.2600.309900015a48

Error: (01/19/2012 10:46:57 PM) (Source: Application Error)(User: )
Description: WifiSvc.exe2.1.0.24WifiLib.dll2.1.0.24000063ea

Error: (01/17/2012 00:50:53 PM) (Source: Application Error)(User: )
Description: WifiSvc.exe2.1.0.24WifiLib.dll2.1.0.24000063ea


========================= Memory info: ===================================

Percentage of memory in use: 85%
Total physical RAM: 1150.48 MB
Available physical RAM: 163.15 MB
Total Pagefile: 2753.81 MB
Available Pagefile: 1915.67 MB
Total Virtual: 2047.88 MB
Available Virtual: 1973.32 MB

========================= Partitions: =====================================

1 Drive c: () (Fixed) (Total:55.88 GB) (Free:28.39 GB) NTFS

========================= Users: ========================================

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#2 dif

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:51 AM

I'd go for the Netgear one and yes upgrade to SP3.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:53 PM

In Googling both PCMCIA Notebook Cards (on Amazon), it seems that the "Netgear Wireless Super G PCMCIA Notebook Card WG511" supports "WEP" security only whereas the "Cisco-Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Notebook Adapter" supports both "WEP" and "WPA." So this may partially come down to how (or if) you secure your router.

If you are running "Win XP_x86" and haven't upgraded to SP3, then you haven't had any Microsoft Security Updates since July 2010. Minus 19 months of security updates and bug fixes = one insecure system.

See:
"Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3" http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950717
and "
Learn how to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)" http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/help/learn-how-to-install-windows-xp-service-pack-3-sp3

Regards,
Brooks



 





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