Solved: laptop BSOD think wireless croaked

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catlady13

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Hi, and thanks in advance for any advice.
I am trying to fix a laptop for my brother's neighbour who is speech and hearing impaired and mentally ill and survives on a very small pension. I don't usually do laptops but I am doing the best I can for her.
It is a Compa Evo n610c.
First it would not boot at all , said it was missing a file. I did a repair installation of windows XP pro. It finally then booted. It would then BSOD very shortly after. It was not online nor had been since I was working on it. I removed the AVG 9 since it seemed to be causing problems by going into safe mode. It did not BSOD in safe mode.
It seems that one can turn off the wireless and if I do that and do not put in the wireless drivers it works fine thus far leading me to believe that the wireless card on the motherboard (or wherever) it is is toast. The chipset drivers and all other drivers seem fine. Is this possible? It seems to work then.
My other question if it is now stable with the wireless turned off (Fn + F2) and no drivers loaded for it is it possible to put in a wireless card? If you look at the site for it it seems to have a card slot that says it is for card I and card II 16 bit or 32 Bit. I am not very familiar with laptop cards so could someone please advise what to purchase. I am going to purchase this for her myself and first don't want to screw the laptop up and second don't want to spend more on something that isn't what I need.
thank you so much.
Linda
PS After I removed the AVG I formatted it thinking that would help. I deleted the partition and formatted and reinstalled windows XP pro SP2
 
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Yes that slot goes by a few names

pcmcia

cardbus

yes they make wireless cardbus adapters, also they make usb wireless adapters, they do not work as well (distance) as the built in one due to the size of the antenna.

Here is a good cardbus type II wireless adapter, good price and low shipping costs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...reless_adapter_cardbus-_-33-156-140-_-Product




After you get the card, you can download the latest driver for it here
http://www.trendnet.com/downloads/list_subcategory.asp?TYPE_ID=24&SUBTYPE_ID=706

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catlady13

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Thank you so very much. I am in Canada so newegg.com is not available. I do have an NCIX in town here though so now I know what I need to buy I am going up and having a chat with the guys up there so I don't have to wait. This poor lady relies on having a computer to communicate and whoever sold her this monstrosity should be shot. I've been reading online about the wireless problems with it and I would bet the person selling it to her knew about this and didn't tell her. I really really appreciate your help.
thanks so much
linda
 
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