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Wireless Network Adapter will not work, uninstall, reinstall, or update driver

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Counslr2l, Oct 10, 2007.

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  1. Counslr2l

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    After travelling with my Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop, as many times before, I took it out to start it up, re-installing the Linksys Wireless Network Adapter. The pc was unable to connect to the router and then it crashed. After a few tries, I rebooted and tried to uninstall/reinstall the software, it crashed again during uninstall. It proceeded to crash from boot up or Windows Logo screen until I gave up and packed it back up. Now at home, I tried to re-boot and still crashed at boot. After some research, I finally was able to get enough info to understand the flashing blue screen error message. It was a stop error 0x0000008E. More research and I tried to boot with only one memory stick. It booted up and I had to choose "Last known good config". I then tried the other stick in the other memory slot and it worked too. Hmmm! not sure why! So both sticks and slots work. I decided to try both sticks again and again had to choose "last known good config" and then it booted. So, I don't know if that problem is solved or just at bay for a little longer but, I can still not install or uninstall or update the driver for the wireless card. In Add/Remove programs it shows the Wireless-G Network Adapter with a 0.03 mb file that will not uninstall. If I try to re-install or update drivers it says it is already installed or that drivers already exist and are up to date. Sorry for the book but, I wanted to give as much info as I could. Can you tell me if I need to continue to concern about the crashing issue or how to get this software to install correctly? Can someone walk me through doing the un-install or update manually? Should i consider re-installing windows XP? Would that even solve the problem?


    Thank you so very much.
     
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    Counslr2l Thread Starter

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    Since there have been no replies to this, I wanted to update so others with a similar problem may find an answer. I have fixed the problem. It was a registry issue. I was able to get a registry cleaner from the adapter's manufacturer. Though, booting the pc with only one memory stick and finding out the Stop error were also instrumental. After using the cleaner, I downloaded the drivers to another pc and used a flash drive to reintroduce them to my laptop. I am happy to say that I am back up and running with no subsequent crashes and plenty on internet access. Thank You for all of your Help!
     
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