| Dave, you are somewhat missing the pint of my problem. I have tried
| installing drivers a dozen times over using every different method I can
| imagine; different versions of drivers, different cards from another
| manufacturer. I have also been on the phone with SMC technical support
| two different versions of their cards with no resolution. I have tried
| working d-link cards as well.
* The pint I'm missing is; you've told us nothing more than "it will not
recognize the correct drivers"
| What is happening here, for sake of comparison; when I install a new card
| into my xp laptop, the device manager sees it as a network adapter and
| the installation of drivers. When I install any of the same cards to the
| Win2K laptop, the device manager sees the new card as a PCI device and
| henceforth will not allow the installation of drivers. My question to
| forum is, is this normal behavior for Win2K to see a 802.11b card as a PCI
| device? Even if it is recognized incorrectly would this hinder the
| installation of drivers?
* Yes it is normal. In this case normally you can right click on the 'bang'
device and choose 'Update Driver', then at some point choose 'Have Disk'
| Another question for you Dave. This laptop's OS is installed allong with
| many proprietory applications using a ghost image. (The laptop is used
| diagnosing malfunctions on heavy equip) Can I do an upgrade to WinXP
| wiping the applications on the pc? I know they (the apps) will work with
| but have never tried an upgrade from one OS to the other.
* Yes, it works. Start the upgrade process from Windows 2000. Be sure to
have on hand the normal backups of any data. For all applications installed
check the application developers web site for instructions or release notes
on upgrading the operating system.
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