XP (the one without SP1, 2 or 3) doesn't seen to be friendly to such adapters. You may find it far too hard to update XP to the latest as it will require an internet connection. The broken optical drive can mean you can't reload the OS if something goes wrong.
" Windows® XP (SP3 or greater) " was noted but you wrote "XP" so that's a non-starter, should fail and be far too rough on most folk.
I don't love Windows. It's just one of the dozen or more OSes I've used over the years.
Just as disclaimer I'm coming from a macbook trying to relearn windows. A friend gave us an older Dell desktop that has XP and no wireless connectivity. I went and got a Belkin N300 wifi adapter and lo and behold the optical drive for the computer doesn't work. I downloaded the Belkin startup driver from their website here:
I put it on a flash drive and ran it from the PC with no problem. It installed the hardware, prompted me to restart, but it is not working. When I go to device manager there is a yellow question mark next to the adapter and under properties is says there is no driver.
I then tried to update/install the driver various ways including automatically and manually. When I try to select the folder myself on where I want it to point to the 'belkin' folder keeps opening into subfolders with no actual file to point to. It tries to search never finding anything either on the PC where I copied the downloaded file or on the flash drive.
I'm very frustrated and remember why I hate windows so much. Sorry don't mean to offend any windows lovers. I'd appreciate any help or insights. Thanks in advance.