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Dell vs. wireless NetGear card

By moabwarior ·
Having an issue with installing a wireless NetGear MA301 card.
I disable the on-board network connection, shut down the pc, and install the wireless card. Upon boot, windows will detect the new device then freeze at trying to load the drivers, have to do a Hard boot. Next it boots to safe mode, I do a soft boot. Windows loads normally and shows new wireless card in device manager but shows as not functioning. I run the wireless card setup from manufacturers CD, system freezes after accepting the license agreement, have to do a hard boot. I've tried also to just update driver, windows does find the driver file, but still lists the card as Not Working Properly and upon rebooting, windows will load but will hang after it comes up, the mousemoves but clicking on anything results in no action, have to do a hard boot. I purchased two dells, the exact same configuration, and this happens on both of them, they are Dell OptiPlex GX150, running WIN98, 256MB of RAM & clean new 12Gig hard drives. (previous machine ran fine with this same wireless card in Win9
Please help. Thanks Beth

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Dell vs. wireless NetGear card

by TheChas In reply to Dell vs. wireless NetGear ...

Windows is having driver conflicts.
You MUST tell Windows that you are removing old hardware before you physically remove it from the PC, or replace it.

Remove the Wireless card.

Boot up the PC.

Re-enable the built in network connection.
From Control Panel Networks, remove the listed components for the on-board network adapter.

From device manager, remove the network adapter.


Enter BIOS settings and disable the on-board network adapter.

Make sure everything boots up properly.

Now, follow NetGear's instructions for installing your card.

If they tell you to shut down open programs, shut down all programs in the system tray, and use Alt-Ctrl-Del to bring up task manager.
Close all programs except the setup program, Explorer and systray.

You say this is a clean install of W98.
Did you install the drivers for the chip-set on your motherboard?
If Dell does not have W98 system drivers for you to download, you will need to identify the manufactureof the chip-set on the motherboard, and download the reference drivers.
I suspect that the Dell uses an Intel chip-set.


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