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Wireless PCI Card Not Working

rangerlg 2,105 609 August 20, 2015 at 07:18 AM
I am at my wit's end on this one. I am refurbishing an old machine and I got a PCI wifi card to install. The motherboard is an MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum and the card is a TP-Link WN951N. This is a clean install of Windows XP. After I install and turn on the machine, the OS sees the card and brings up the New Hardware wizard. I point the search to the driver CD and the wizard says it cannot find a driver. I then manually pick the driver file and install the driver which Windows warns it isn't compatible with the device. I install it anyway and Windows responds with Cannot Start Device (Code 10). I restart the machine and it still shows Code 10. I removed the driver, restarted, and ran the CD setup (which I never use). The CD says it cannot find the card even though the OS sees it. I started at the bottom PCI slot and the two above that, same result. I removed the card and placed it in one of my Windows 7 machines and it was detected and drivers were installed and it worked. Windows 7 detected it as an Atheros AR922X Card, so I tried that driver on the XP machine, same Code 10. I took a different card from one of my machines, a TP-Link WDN4800 which is PCI-e, and put it in the machine I am working on. The driver installed and the card worked. I was thinking I was having some kind of device conflict, so I disabled the Parallel Port, Serial Port, the 2 onboard LANs, and the Firewire port. Same result. I decided to do a clean install of Windows 7 thinking since it worked on my machine, but still was getting the Code 10 on Win7. Any ideas what else I could be missing? Thanks for the help.

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nice one paragraph essay.

have you look at this support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/943104
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1st question why are we trying to get on the internet on a "new" win xp machine still? This has problems written all over it.

Ok to the topic, Since you have tried 2 different OS on that card/box I am wondering if the hardware just is incompatible for whatever reason. Have you tried a different PCI Slot?

While I am all for not spending money A USB wireless adapter might be a cheap fix for this and save time.
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Yes I have read and done nearly all of the steps. These are both clean installations so I ruled out registry.
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
1st question why are we trying to get on the internet on a "new" win xp machine still? This has problems written all over it.

Ok to the topic, Since you have tried 2 different OS on that card/box I am wondering if the hardware just is incompatible for whatever reason. Have you tried a different PCI Slot?

While I am all for not spending money A USB wireless adapter might be a cheap fix for this and save time.
I've tried three different PCI slots and I was hoping Win7 would fix the issue. The customer wanted XP since this is a machine that was laying around and is an old nforce4 board with an AMD 3800+. They just want something with very basic email functions to put in a vacation home and WinXP was on there prior. I prefer using PCI since USB could limit the throughput. I'll have to ask what the connection speed is where they are planning to use it. The only thing I have been unable to do is update the BIOS since booting into plain DOS to update has been difficult. When I am, the flash fails with an insufficient memory error. I can only boot from a CD, no USB flash drive.
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Quote from rangerlg View Post :
I prefer using PCI since USB could limit the throughput.
there are about 100 other things that will come into play before that's an issue.. your still taking about a machine that's over 10 years old (motherboard was released 11 years ago..)
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Well I was able to update the BIOS using RUFUS, still no luck. I'm about to throw in the towel on this card.
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