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Belkin Wireless Utility Broken

August 23, 2009 at 12:48:23
Specs: Windows Me, 640 MB

I have an older Dell laptop (Inspiron 8200) that I wanted to give to my Dad, as I got a new laptop. However, for him to use it, he wants it to be able to connect to Wi-Fi networks.

Well, I managed to install the driver for a Belkin FSD7050 Wireless G USB adapter just fine, and the utility installed for it.

However, there was a major problem. The utility doesn't seem functional. It will run and open, but none of the GUI elements seem functional, telling it to refresh the network results yields no results even though my newer Gateway laptop detects them fine.

Attempting to change any options for it within the utility allows you to change them, but the ability to save the changes is not there as the button that lets that happen doesn't enable.

I know the adapter works, as it worked when the laptop ran XP. However due to a hardware bug that has arisen, the laptop runs with the CPU clocked down, and as such it would be better to be able to run the laptop using an older Windows 9x OS.

So my question is, is there a way to fix this, and if not, are there any alternative wireless utilities availible?


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#1
August 23, 2009 at 15:13:53

A USB wireless adapter will do the trick.

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#2
August 23, 2009 at 15:31:05

That's what I'm using, I need to know how to fix the problem occurring with the Belkin Wireless Utility.

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#3
August 24, 2009 at 06:25:33

Is USB enabled in the BIOS?

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#4
August 27, 2009 at 19:06:41

Yes it is, and I can confirm that the device itself functions. For whatever reason when I had Windows 98SE on the laptop, glitches aside caused by it's installation, the wireless network it connected to (no pass, unencrypted, etc.) was reached when IE autodetected proxy settings, and it functioned wirelessly.

Of course, the reason I didn't stick with 98SE is because problems were invoked that affected the usability of the laptop that are ironically not apparent in Me, as well as the one I'm here about.

EDIT: Also, the reason I can't rely on the device automatically connecting each time is because not every network he will encounter will be as open as the one in his house, and the behavior didn't appear in Me.


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#5
August 28, 2009 at 06:17:09

I had a similar problem & I had to let Windows control the wireless connection instead of Hawkings. In your case it's Belkin but it's the same idea. You should be able to start the Wireless Zero service in services, then right click on the Belkin icon in the tray & choose use wireless zero. Once I did that, it connected to the local network automatically on each boot.

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#6
August 28, 2009 at 11:12:35

Thanks for the idea, but Windows Me doesn't come with the Wireless Zero Configuation tool, as Windows XP was the first Windows operating system to support that feature.

I think about it more and wonder if it isn't some kind of corrupted library causing the disfunction, so I'm going to run the system file checker. Shouldn't be the case, though. Windows Me was freshly installed on the laptop before the Belkin driver and software were installed.


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#7
August 28, 2009 at 11:53:11

Maybe you can buy your father a refurbished laptop for a few hundred & forget about playing with old equipment. You're banging your head against the wall.

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#8
August 28, 2009 at 15:31:46

Maybe I don't have a few hundred and this is all I have to give him.

If you read the first post in this thread, I stated it was my OLD laptop and I wanted to set it up for him and give it to him because I bought myself a new one.

I think I'm going to give up with trying to get wireless working with Windows 9x, though. It's just not worth it....


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#9
August 28, 2009 at 17:12:09

Basically, that was my point, that it just isn't worth it. You gave it your best shot. Will he be satisfied with a wired connection?

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#10
August 28, 2009 at 18:48:08

No, it'd defeat the purpose of having the laptop as he already has a Desktop machine. He wanted the laptop for the portability purpose.

I can put Windows XP back on it and get the wireless working again, but I was aiming for a speed boost of sorts to make the laptop more usable.

But it seems I have no choice. Thanks for the ideas, anyway.


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#11
August 28, 2009 at 19:06:09

Yea, XP is the best idea.

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#12
September 12, 2009 at 11:01:04

I've zero success with the Belkin Wireless Config Utility in Windows 2000. Two attempts, fresh 2000 installs. If your adapter is like mine, if you look in services, or task manager, you'll see it uses Atheros (acu.exe or acs.exe is running?). That's the case for my PCMCIA adapter. The problem is not the drivers, but the client. Goto ASUS support site and get the Wireless utility for the EEE PC 4G, select WinXP as OS. Then you'll get the actual Atheros Client utility, which works like a charm with the Atheros service my card uses, which I assume your does as well.. Hope the reply wasn't too late. Was hoping to get Belkin's to work, I had a ticket open and Tier 1 and 2 passed it off, they finally called me back but I said forget it I got it working :) Let me know if you resolve this.

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#13
September 12, 2009 at 11:32:21

I had a Belkin wireless adapter working on a w2k machine. I guess it's hit or miss with w2k.

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#14
September 12, 2009 at 19:54:24

Well that's a good suggestion, but the laptop had Windows
Me on it so I don't believe it'd be compatible, unfortunately.

However, I'm afraid it is too late as it uh....fell out of the back
of a van and is now too battered to be hauling around? xD

I put MoonOS on it and keep it as a backup now. It's too bent
up (while it works just fine still) for me to consider giving
away.

Thanks for the comments and ideas everyone, though. I really
appreciate it. :D


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