moonlit Posted April 25, 2006 Share Posted April 25, 2006 Ow. My brain's hurting... I have a networking problem that I'm hoping y'all might be able to help me with and it goes a little something like this: I bought a USB WLAN stick for my PC and a PCMCIA (PCCard) WLAN card for my laptop. I connected everything, installed the relevant/supplied drivers/set the PC's stick to run as an Access Point (SoftAP mode) and all worked great - reasonable speeds, stable connection and just perfect everything. Until... The laptop had Win98 installed. I thought that this was a little outdated, even to me being a classic-Windows freak and I wanted to install some apps that worked only on Win2k and above... great, I thought... I'll just install 2k, reinstall the drivers and we'll be in business - but no, no can do; Installed 2k (Pro), went ok... usual install stuff, you know how it goes and when it came to the WLAN drivers, all seemed fine - but I couldn't find my AP (my PC acting as AP)... Win98 + drivers from CD worked fine... same CD installed 2k drivers won't do it... now, being the stubborn person I am, I don't want to go back to 98 for a million reasons but I do need my WiFi... I tried NetStumbler on it - card is detected and supported fine, drivers seem to be ok - NetStumbler can see my AP for a second or so every so often but it can't see it for longer. I know this can be just the way NS works but the supplied app for wireless network connection (came on driver CD) needs the connection to be present for longer than 1 second - so it can't see it at all... the PC still seems to be ok acting as AP but since neither side gives me any errors except for 2k telling me that the network cable is unplugged (duh it's wifi...) The card is a Cable & Wireless 54G Wireless LAN (very descriptive, huh? - Model Number: USBA10CW3) and the PCMCIA one is also Cable & Wireless 54G Wireless LAN (they seem to like naming their products like this - Model Number: NC10CW3) Both are 802.11b/g compatible and seem to be based on the RaLink RT2500 chipset (which it seems does have problems of its own...) Any help would be much appreciated! Cheers, MOONLIT Edit: apologies for the long post! Edit 2: Oh, and the very first time I installed this lot with 2k on the lappy, I was able to connect to the AP for about 10 seconds... then it dropped the connection and I haven't got it back again since. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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