usb wireless adapter problem

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March 11, 2009 at 06:30:12
Specs: Windows XP, P3 512mb
have a IBM NetVista 6579.
She wanna use Netcore wirless usb adaptor for internet connection.But computer does not recognize it.
When i put this "Netcore wirless usb adaptor " in my laptop it work fine.
I also installed driver cd ,which came with it.
please let me know the solution of this problem.
On the same pc usb port my hp printer work fine.That mean usb port is working
I am also requesting to know which os is best, Win 2000 professional or Win XP Professional for this computer.Because the manual says windows 2000 professional.It does not mention about windows xp professional.

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March 11, 2009 at 07:02:41
i have not looked up this pc details but i am guessing that it does not mention xp as the pc is older than windows xp. probably the only thing that would determine whether XP or 2000 is preferable to the pc is how much ram you have in the pc.
i do not know why the usb adaptor is not recognised. does it do nothing at all or do you get some message saying not recognised or cant instal etc.

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March 11, 2009 at 07:50:40
ram is 512 mb. so you mean if i upgrade to windows 2000 with service pack 4 then it will recognize wireless usb adapter

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March 11, 2009 at 08:27:41
"I am also requesting to know which os is best, Win 2000 professional or Win XP Professional for this computer.Because the manual says windows 2000 professional."

The Netvista computers are an older series - you having a P3 cpu confims that. XP may not have existed yet when the manual was printed.
Your computer will work fine in either operating system.
2000 with run fine with a lower minimum amount of ram, but 512mb is fine for most people for XP for it to run well - if you had 256mb or less that would make XP much slower .

Not all USB ports you plug into will work for some USB devices. If the subject computer is a desktop computer you may have an IRQ sharing problem you need to fix.

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The Netvista computer probably has USB 1.1 controllers, unless you have added a USB 2.0 controller card .
The USB network adapter will work in a USB 1.1 port fine, and that will not affect your speed on the internet at all unless you're paying for a faster connection (over 1.5 mbps , 1500 kbps, or so).
If your internet connection is faster than that, for the internet connection to be able to acheive it's faster speeds, you need to get a PCI USB 2.0 controller card and plug the network adapter into that, or you can use a PCI 10/100mbps network card in a slot or a built in network adapter port and a wired connection to it.

Make sure you follow the installation directions correctly.
- you often to have to install the drivers/software BEFORE you plug in the USB device
- if you plug in the device BEFORE you install the drivers/software for it, it is often a BAD idea to point windows to where the drivers for the device are while booting, after Windows detects the new device, you allow it to search for drivers, then it doesn't find any - that often results in the drivers/software NOT installing correctly. CANCEL that, and let the desktop load, then run the proper drivers/software installtion of the device from the CD that came with it, or by running the software installation program you downloadedf rom the web for it.

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March 11, 2009 at 13:37:45
Apparently your Netvista 6579 is a desktop computer - some details:

Chipset Type: Intel 815E

Data Bus Speed: 133 MHz

Graphics controller
Type: AGP 4x - plug-in card, AGP 2x - integrated,
(OR) AGP 2x - plug-in card, AGP 4x - integrated

Graphics Processor / Vendor: NVIDIA Riva TNT2 M64
Installed Size: 16 MB / 16 MB (max)
( plug-in card)

Make sure you load the Intel Application Accelerator - the 815E chipset requires that in order for the hard drive(s) to run at their max. speed, or at the max. speed the 815E chipset will allow. It's available on the Intel web site. In that case the info about what UDMA speeds the hard and optical drives are running in will be seen when you run the IAA program listed in All Programs, rather than in Device Manager - IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers -Primary or Secondary IDE Channel - Advanced

If all of your ram modules are 133mhz ram (PC133), take a look in your bios Setup to see if the ram is actually running at 133mhz - sometimes in older bioses it defaults to setting the ram speed to 100mhz even if it can be set to 133mhz when you have installed 133mhz ram, and you have to set it to 133mhz manually.

Apparently your Netcore wireless usb adaptor is an el-cheapo product (e.g. $25) that appears to be imported directly from China by vendors who are selling it here - many of the "hits" for it on the web no longer stock it.
There doesn't seem to be a manufacturer's web site for it, so I can't find any support info about it.

Some el-cheapo wireless network adapters aren't compatible with Microsoft's requirements for the built in support in XP for detecting and setting up a wireless adapter, and you must set them up with a configuration program or utility that comes with the adapter.
OR - if the software installation for the adapter installs such a configuration program or utility, if you get a message when you try to set up the adapter with the built in support in XP along the lines of you can't use it because something else has been loaded for the adapter, you probably CAN use the built in support in XP to set it up instead, but you have to disable the adapter's configuration software from loading, or un-install it, THEN you can set it up using the built in support in XP.
e.g. there is often a line in msconfig - startup that loads the configuration program or utility you can disable.

If you do try that, when you have made a change with msconfig, you will see two System Configuration Utility windows pop up as Windows is loading the desktop. If you click on the small square box in the first window to insert a checkmark there, the second window will not pop up, and neither window will pop up as Windows loads the desktop while booting after that.

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