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Hi

I've just installed a wireless network for use with the internet. It works
fine except for the connection to my PC (Wxp sp2) . My Linksys Wireless-B
USB Network adapter (WUSB11) is used there.
It works fine except when I shut down the PC and then turn it on again, the
PC has forgotten that it is connected to a wireless network. Only when I
unplug the adapter and plug it into another usb port does my PC realize that
it is connected to a working wireless network.
Surely all other PCs do not have this forgetfulness.
I have reinstalled the device (many times) and downloaded and installed the
latest (Linksys) drivers. The problem persists.
What else can I try so that the adapter can stay inserted in one place after
a shut down and my PC remember that it is there?

John


Re: PC forgets wireless usb adapter

One of the problems I have noticed
with a different device and the USB
to serial port is that once the device
is removed from the USB slot it loses
its port..I.e., if it was say 6 then it may
come up with 4.  Taking it out and
reinserting it causes it to come up with
another port. Systems/Device Manager/Hardware/
Ports.. XP .Luck




Re: PC forgets wireless usb adapter
> I've just installed a wireless network for use with the internet. It works
> fine except for the connection to my PC (Wxp sp2) . My Linksys Wireless-B
> USB Network adapter (WUSB11) is used there.
> It works fine except when I shut down the PC and then turn it on again, the
> PC has forgotten that it is connected to a wireless network. Only when I
> unplug the adapter and plug it into another usb port does my PC realize that
> it is connected to a working wireless network.

When it is plugged in but not working, does it show up in the device
manager?  What about the USB eject icon?  If you eject it before you shut
down, will it work on reboot?  If you eject it, and then unplug replug,
does it work?

Are you using Windows to manage the wireless, or a client that came with
the usb device?  

On the Advanced tab of the adapter properties, do you have power save mode
enabled?  Turn it off.

Are you using shutdown, or standby, or hibernate?

Have you visited the Linksys Knowledge Base?

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Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley (Lake County) CA USA  38.8-122.5



Re: PC forgets wireless usb adapter

>When it is plugged in but not working,...
>Have you visited the Linksys Knowledge Base?
>

Clarence,
Thanks for your well thought out list of suggestions/questions. I will
investigate and let you know what (I hope) worked.

John


Re: PC forgets wireless usb adapter
Clarence,
Here's what I have found so far in answer to your questions in order:
1) it is not recognized in device manager.
2) I don't know what the usb eject icon is.
3) I haven't tried to eject it before shut down (yet).
4)
5) Windows is managing the network (I think) as it often has something to
say.
6) On hibernation when I restart, windows announces the presence of a usb
device not recognized. After sleep mode (there's a button on my keyboard)
windows remebers(!) after awakening. I'm presuming this is the same as
standby mode.

There were no problems on the Linksys knowledge base that referred to my
problem. I told them that; maybe they'll get back to me.

Are there wireless networking clients out there that might do better than
Windows?


Re: PC forgets wireless usb adapter
> 1) it is not recognized in device manager.
Hmmm
> 2) I don't know what the usb eject icon is.

I have a little systray icon that looks like a PCMCIA card that appears
whenever I plug in a removable device.  On my laptop, this is a wifi card,
the CDROM drive, and various usb devices, like my DWL-122 wifi, or flash
drives.  This icon is enabled on the add/remove hardware page.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb ;en-us;818788
(actually, I don't see how that works... I know I checked the box somewhere)

> 3) I haven't tried to eject it before shut down (yet).

By eject, I meant using the eject icon, which you don't have, but maybe
disabling it would be similar.

> 5) Windows is managing the network (I think) as it often has something to

Do you see a little wireless network icon in the systray?  Do you get to
"view wireless networks"?

> 6) On hibernation when I restart, windows announces the presence of a usb
> device not recognized. After sleep mode (there's a button on my keyboard)
> windows remebers(!) after awakening. I'm presuming this is the same as
> standby mode.

This sounds a lot like a mismanaged power manager.

> There were no problems on the Linksys knowledge base that referred to my
> problem. I told them that; maybe they'll get back to me.

I think there are some vendor-supplied clients that work well when WinXP
doesn't.  There are some adapters that work under Windows as long as you
don't have the vendor client installed, and there are some that cooperate
nicely, and allow you to switch back and forth.

My DLink worked well without WinXP-wireless-zero, but not so good with it.
My Orinoco worked with the WinXP drivers, and wouldn't play on its own.
My Netgear plays either way.

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Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley (Lake County) CA USA  38.8-122.5



Re: PC forgets wireless usb adapter
Hi,
I have found a link to a windows download that may answer the problem. It
is: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e8704911-1f94 -
47e6-8a69-26b47a29c8da&DisplayLang=en.
 
The problem I described is on my Wife's computer. She doesn't mind switching
the wireless adapter between ports but it bugs the hell out of me. I'll
investigate and perhaps download and install the new usb driver when she's
asleep (if UI dare).

John
 
 


Re: PC forgets wireless usb adapter
> I have found a link to a windows download that may answer the problem. It
> is:
>
<http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e8704911-1f94-47e6-8a69-26b47a29c8da&DisplayLang=en

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb ;%5bLN%5d;838989
"This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2."

I thought you already had SP2?


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Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley (Lake County) CA USA  38.8-122.5



Re: PC forgets wireless usb adapter

>> I have found a link to a windows download that may answer the problem.
>> It is:
>> <http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e8704911-1f94
>> <-47e6-8a69-26b47a29c8da&DisplayLang=en>
>
>http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb ;%5bLN%5d;838989
>"This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack
>2."
>
>I thought you already had SP2?
>
>

Yes, sp2 is installed in both computers. BTW the article you mentioned is
interesting and it seems to refer to the same downloadable file as in the
other article. I can tell if this is an add-on to XP-xp2 or not. My laptop
says the driver(s) in it are not as new as those that I already have. I
haven't checked the drivers in my Wife's computer (which is the one with the
problem).

John


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