Belkin USB network adapter not recognised

  thimblerig 16:24 01 Oct 06
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Have 4 yr old Toshiba 1410 Celeron 1.7 GHz WinXP SP2 notebook that successfully connects to Netgear router via ethernet but am trying to connect it wirelessly via USB 1.0 using Belkin Hi-Speed Mode G USB network adapter FSD7051 802.11g that is supposed to be USB 1.0 compatible without success. It works on later notebook models but device is not recognised on the one in question either when the installation wizard asks for it to be plugged in or when, with all Belkin software uninstalled, it is plugged straight into the USB port - WinXP does not react. Belkin help desk says computer is too old and cannot be upgraded. Is this likely to be correct or is there anything that can be done to achieve connection with this adapter? If not, are there any devices that would allow wireless connectivity through a 1.0 USB port. Many thanks in advance for any help.

  mgmcc 17:32 01 Oct 06

The laptop certainly won't be too old - I can use a Belkin USB WiFi adapter in an older laptop running Windows 98SE and with USB 1.1 ports. Your ports won't be USB 1.0 (1.5Mbps), but rather USB 1.1 (12Mbps). Do the ports work with other peripherals - printer? scanner?

Try uninstalling all of the Belkin software and run System Restore back to before you originally installed it. Reboot the laptop and plug in the USB adapter. If Windows "finds new hardware" select the option to install drivers from a specific location and navigate to the Drivers folder on the CD, select the .INF file. If the CD automatically starts for you to install the Belkin software, exit from it. You can then use XP's own wireless networking software which is better.

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