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#1 ptak30

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 06:19 AM

I have an old PC which runs Windows XP and some other distros. It has been using a netgear PCI card and a cable to connect to my broadband router.. I decided it was time to get rid of the cable and installed a USB LB-Link wireless adaptor, using the manufacturers CD. All the non-windows distros work OK with the adapter. According to the System Hardware manager, the adapter and drivers are working correctly, but ....... Every time I boot into Win XP it spends a lot of time stuck on trying to acquire an  IP address. If i do nothing. it will stay stuck but I have found that just removing the adapter and putting it back in the same USB slot causes it to connect OK. I am at a loss to understand what's going on. It is clearly more an inconvenience than a critical event. I should be grateful for any help or advice in getting the adapter to work as it does in the non-windows distros.

 

PS. The heading should read "Wireless connection problem" and not "Wirelee connection problem". There does not seem a way to alter the heading


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 07:34 AM

Can you provide the model number of the USB adapter?



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Posted 04 July 2017 - 08:33 AM

@JohnC_21 It's a LB-LINK 150Mbps 802.11n Wireless USB adapter. The Windows Device manager says the driver is a Ralink Technology Corp one, The sys file is rt2870. sys. The model is BL-WN151.


Edited by ptak30, 04 July 2017 - 08:43 AM.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 08:43 AM

I was looking for a specific model number. The Ralink helps. Is this a XP SP3 install. I would have to assume it is.

 

Is this the model?

 

http://www.lb-link.cn/products-detail.php?ProId=23

 

The full software install from a CD is not necessary for Wifi on XP. I would uninstall the software and driver using the uninstall in Control Panel. Then install the basic driver for XP. Download the ralink driver here.

 

https://www.mediatek.com/products/broadbandWifi/rt2870#product-downloads

 

After uninstalling the Driver Software reboot and attach the dongle. Is there a yellow exclamation mark in Device Manager next to Network Adapter? If so then you can install the driver using Device Manager by right clicking the device and selecting Update Driver. Point it to the X86 folder you unzip from the zip file within the zip file otherwise use the setup file. In the below link do not download the driver easy software. Just use the guide for installing using Device Manager.

 

https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/how-to-manually-install-a-driver-in-windows-xp/


Edited by JohnC_21, 04 July 2017 - 08:49 AM.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 09:29 AM

Thanks for the reply. No! The model is a BL-WN151. I have the mini CD it came with. I did not installl the full software - just the driver. Since the model is not the one you thought, should I carry on with the rest of your suggestion of downloading the drivers for the BL-WN155A?  Looking at the times, you must have posted at the same time as I posted my edited reply adding in the Model No.



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Posted 04 July 2017 - 09:34 AM

Before trying the Ralink driver I linked to delete your Wifi profile and create a new one. Does this resolve the problem?

 

Edit: To confirm the Ralink chipset right click the Wifi device in Device Manager. Select Properties and under the Details tab select Hardware IDs. Copy and post the first line.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 09:39 AM

It appears that they no longer make this model.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 09:41 AM

Correct, but they still provide the driver.

 

They still sell this device.

 

http://www.lb-link.cn/products-detail.php?ProId=25

 

Can you provide the Vendor and Device ID as I posted? The first line of Hardware IDs.


Edited by JohnC_21, 04 July 2017 - 09:43 AM.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 09:46 AM

The IDs are

USB\Vid_148f&Pid_7601&Rev_0000

USB\Vid_148f&Pid_7601



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Posted 04 July 2017 - 09:56 AM

I just looked in the Ralink driver I linked to and there is not Device ID as you posted.  Do not download the driver I linked to in post #4

 

The Vendor as found in Pcidatabase.com is listed as Plant Equipment Inc. but no device 7601 is listed.

 

My recommendation would be to uninstall the driver and download the driver here.

 

http://www.lb-link.cn/download-detail.php?DId=43



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Posted 04 July 2017 - 10:05 AM

Thanks -I have that file already.  I'll use it "update" the driver and I'll report back.

It came back with the message that it could not find a better match than the softare I am currently using.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 10:27 AM

I was able to find a Ralink driver with the correct Vendor and Device ID. I stripped everything out except the three required files for the driver. If reinstalling your driver does not work then I can provide a Dropbox link to the zip files with the three files if you wish.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 10:35 AM

I uninstalled the drivers and removed the adapter. Put it in again and asked it ti to install the "new" hardware. It didn't seem to ask for any drivers. Everything looks exactly as before including the drivers and hardware IDs. I rebooted and this time there was no problem. It found the router straightaway. Thanks once again for your help and patience. I really am most grateful..


Edited by ptak30, 04 July 2017 - 10:37 AM.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 10:38 AM

No problem, glad you got it sorted and thanks for taking the time to post the update.






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