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Installing a Wireless PCI Adapter on Windows XP

This article will guide you in setting up your wireless PCI adapter to your Windows XP computer.  To do this, follow the steps below:

i.    Connecting the Adapter
ii.   Installing the Drivers

NOTE:  Do not run the Wireless PCI Adapter Setup Wizard.  Remove any CDs from your computer’s CD/DVD-ROM drive.

Connecting the Adapter

Before connecting the wireless adapter to the PCI slot of the computer, make sure that the computer is turned OFF to avoid electric shock.

Step 1:
Open your computer’s case and locate an available PCI slot on the motherboard.

NOTE:  For details, see your computer documentation or contact your computer manufacturer.

Step 2:
Slide the adapter into the PCI slot.  Make sure that all of its pins are touching the slot’s contacts.  You may have to apply a bit of pressure to slide the adapter all the way in.


NOTE:  If the antenna is attached to the PCI adapter, unscrew it before plugging in the computer.

Step 3:
After the adapter is set firmly in place, secure its fastening tab to your computer’s chassis with a mounting screw then close your computer’s case.

Step 4:
Attach the external antenna to the adapter’s antenna port and make sure that the antenna is positioned straight up into the air at a 90º angle from the adapter.  This will ensure optimum wireless operating range and performance.


Step 5:
Turn ON your computer.

NOTE:  If you are using Windows 2000 or XP, you may see a Windows Digital Signature warning.  Click Yes to continue since the adapter has been tested and found to work with Windows.

Installing the Drivers

Step 1:
After Windows XP automatically detects the wireless adapter, insert the setup CD into the CD ROM drive.

NOTE:  The setup CD that came with the product contains the drivers for your wireless adapter.  You can also download the drivers from Linksys Home Support.  To learn how to download drivers, click here.

Step 2:
When the Found New Hardware Wizard window appears, click Install the software automatically (Recommended) then click Next.


NOTE:  The Hardware Installation screen may appear indicating that the adapter has not passed Windows Logo testing.  Ignore the window and click Continue Anyway to proceed with the installation since the adapter has been tested and found to work with Windows XP.


Step 3:
When Windows has finished installing the driver, click Finish.

You’re done installing the drivers.  To connect to a wireless network using XP’s Wireless Zero Configuration, click here.

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Encountering problems when installing or updating the wireless adapter drivers

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