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Belkin wireless adapter problem

by mypcissucking / January 8, 2015 5:20 AM PST

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.

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Well, that's true.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 8, 2015 5:24 AM PST

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.

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by mypcissucking / January 8, 2015 5:40 AM PST
In reply to: Well, that's true.

Ah I didn't think about the service pack. I just checked, it's SP3.

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I added a no-driver model. Carrying on...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 8, 2015 5:45 AM PST
In reply to: SP3

XP SP3 = Good but there's a lot more to get this working.

Many front USB ports are just not worth the trouble of fixing. So stick to the rear USB ports and check these out:

1. Enable all USB ports in the machine's BIOS.
2. Install the Intel or other Motherboard Chipset Driver package for this machine.
3. STOP USING THE MICROSOFT DRIVER UPDATE BUTTON. Most folk know why so I don't write why.
4. Remove old antivirus software until this works.
5. Try a new Admin user account.

Good luck.

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by mypcissucking / January 8, 2015 5:58 AM PST

I'll try these too. I appreciate that a lot!

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Let me share an adapter that should need no drivers.Linkonly
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 8, 2015 5:41 AM PST
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Good call
by mypcissucking / January 8, 2015 5:56 AM PST

I didn't think about the issue being with the Belkin. I might just save myself the headache and go that route, thanks. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something here with this one. If anyone else knows something to try I'd appreciate it.

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by hightowerz / January 17, 2015 1:43 AM PST
In reply to: Good call

Try the belkin utility for the adapter?

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By any chance do you know the Belkin model #
by Steven Haninger / January 17, 2015 2:03 AM PST

I had a Belkin USB wireless device adapter that had some issue when using Windows wireless zero service. I discover that, rather than use the Belkin installation software, I could download the Ralink driver that Belkin uses and that worked just fine. I did a brief search and found the n300 might be the Belkin F5D8053 which can use the Ralink RT2870 driver. If you've not gotten your issue resolved and don't mind enduring another waste of time, you might consider searching for the wifi chipset driver rather than the Belkin.

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