I've got a new laptop - it's the cheapest around, with a wireless dongle. Elsewhere in the house we have wireless cards and built in wireless and they all work fine.I got this dongle to connect to our system - and it does - but each time I switch off and on again, it doesn't seem to remember that it's connected. I have to go to 'change the order of preferences' and then 'use windows to configure my wireless settings - then highlight the connection I entered - and it connects! How can I get it to remember from one day to the next? It should connect automatically without me having to tick the 'use windows etc' box
1) Clear off the adapter software in "Change or Remove Programs", found via Program Access and Defaults on the All Programs menu. 2) Uninstall the device from Device Manager, accessed via the Hardware tab in the properties of “My Computer”. 3) Reboot. Run a cleanup with your preferred cleanup utility. 4) Insert your driver CD, but cancel it if it starts to run. DO NOT let it run. 5) Insert the PC Card or USB adapter. 6) Wait for the "New Hardware Found" wizard to begin and point it to the CD when prompted to search for a driver. Alternatively, download the latest driver from the manufacturer's support site and save it in a convenient location.
Because 3rd-party adapter software varies from average to frankly terrible, but more importantly, XP really needs to be able to manage the connection and the adapter directly. It's much happier that way.
I'm not sure what you mean by "fuss" however; there is less fuss involved in using a USB adapter without the annoying software. You need to remove it - and properly - in order to extricate yourself from it, as it has a habit of running in the background and trying to take control over the connection and adapter.