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    802.11 b WLAN installation

    I have a Dell PC which originally had Windows XP installed. I tried Ubuntu for a while but have now reinstalled the original XP. I have a generic wireless dongle which shows up in the System/devices list as 802.11 bg WLAN but no drivers recognised. So my question is how to get this dongle working with my router. I tried the dongle in my Windows 7 laptop and it downloaded netr7634.sys and vwifibus.sys into c:\windows\system32\drivers and RaCoInstx.dll into c:\windows\system32. So I copied these files into the same locations on my Dell in the hope that the system would link them to the dongle but not so. I hope someone can help in getting this dongle to work with my XP installation.

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    The driver seems to indicate that the device is a Ralink 802.11 USB Wireless Adapter.
    You'll need to determine the model number to get the correct drives.
    As you found out, drivers are specific to the operating system.

    Look here.

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    Thanks for the help. There are no markings on the dongle to indicate model no but I have now visited the RaLink website and downloaded and exe which appears to include for XP. I have installed it on the XP machine and it appears in the Programs list and in the c:\windows\system32\drivers folder. The windows routine for installing drivers doesn't recognise the the file installed under drivers so I appear to be a bit stuck - if anyone has any further help to offer it would be appreciated. I have also emailed RaLink but wonder if I will get a reply.

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    Attach it to the Windows 7 machine and then look in device manager to see what it says about the device. it should include a device name and model number. Use tat information to install the correct drivers for Windows XP.

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    This is the actual Ralink Support with the latest drivers.

    http://www.ralinktech.com/en/04_supp...ort.php?sn=500




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    Thanks again. I plugged the dongle in my Win 7 machine and looked into Device Manager. It has a display name of 'WLAN USB Wireless LAN stick' and a Physical Device Object Name of 'USBPDO-5' so I am still confused.

    I show below the drivers on the site that CAT5E pointed to, I have downloaded the first one (RT2870) - the setup file installed and displayed a splash screen during the display. No effect on the dongle and although a desktop icon has appeared clicking on does nothing.

    When I plugged the dongloe into my Win 7 laptop a download took place automatically and worked but because the XP machine isnt connected to the net I cant do that.

    USB(RT2870/RT2770/RT307X/RT2070
    RT357X/RT3370/RT8070/RT537X) 09/15/2011 2K/XP:3.2.4.0
    Vista:3.2.4.0
    Win7:3.2.4.0
    XP 32/64
    Vista 32/64
    Win7 32/64

    PCI/mPCI/CB (RT256x/RT266x) 08/24/2010 Vista:2.1.6.0
    2K/XP:1.2.8.0
    Win7:3.0.1.0
    Windows 2000
    XP 32/64
    Vista 32/64
    Win7 32/64
    USB (RT257x/RT2671/RT520x) 08/24/2010 2K/XP:1.3.5.0
    Vista:3.1.7.0Win7:4.0.3.0

    Windows 2000
    XP 32/64
    Vista 32/64
    Win7 32/64
    PCI/mPCI/CB(RT2860/RT2760/RT2890
    RT2790/RT306X/RT309X/RT35X2/RT539X) 11/23/2011 2K/XP:3.2.7.0
    Vista:3.2.7.0
    Win7:3.2.7.0
    XP 32/64
    Vista 32/64
    Win7 32/64
    [ Omnipeek tool ] USB(RT2870/RT2770/RT307x/RT3572) 04/13/2010 1.4.0.16
    Windows XP 32
    [ Omnipeek tool ] PCI/mPCI/CB(RT2760/RT2790/RT2860/RT2890/RT309x) 04/13/2010 1.4.0.16
    Windows XP 32
    USB (RT2500USB) 02/12/2010 Vista:3.1.0.0
    98/ME/2K/XP:2.1.1.15
    Windows 98SE
    Windows ME
    Windows 2000
    XP 32/64
    Vista 32/64
    11b-RT2400 PCI/mPCI/CB 02/19/2009 Drv2.1.0.4
    Win9X/2K/XP
    PCI/mPCI/CB (RT2500) 02/12/2009 Vista:3.2.0.0
    98/ME/2K/XP:3.2.0.10
    Windows 98SE
    Windows ME
    Windows 2000
    XP 32/64
    Vista 32/64

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    FURTHER INFO When I start the RaLink utility I notice a small icon in the taskbar with a black cross. Floating the mouse over shows a hint 'IEEE802.11 WLAN not exist. Rt Click and menu :-

    Launch config utility
    Use zero config as configuration utility

    click 1 and nothing happens.
    click 2 and icon now has red cross and hint 'WiFiDirect disabled' and rt click shows the same menu.

    Does any of this help to show what my problem is and possible solution?

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    Installation on Win 7 and XP is Not the same "story".

    Keep the dongle out of the computer.

    Get rid from what ever files related to the driver that you copied manually.

    Uninstall the device from the Device list (Right click, and click Uninstall).

    RaLink has few different drivers for USB make sure that you download and use the one that match your specific Dongle.

    Download this drivers to a computer with connection to the Internet.

    Copy the package to a Flash Drive and then copy them and run on the XP.

    Maybe this can Help too - http://www.ezlan.net/wireless.html




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    Thanks again. Couldn't identify my dongle but by trial and error eventually got the right driver so network connection now working.

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