Belkin adapter

Compaq / 5bw131
January 19, 2010 at 20:50:59
Specs: windows 98 se
am not going to be able to leave adapter plugged in all the time, for the computer is in the kids room, and they would have the thing torn off in 15 minutes. there are 2 usb ports in front of puter, and i did find out that only 1 of the ports would display the adapter, for the other did is ok...:)

there is only 1 thing, at this time i can see as far as something different. when i reboot, Compaq, windows 98 se goes across the screen, and black screen before desktop comes up, there is a message, no error sign, just these words on top of a black screen...."

c:\>Rem-by windows 98 network-
it will stay there for about 5 seconds then gone. if no one knows, that is ok, for i will leave well enough alone. thanks.

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January 19, 2010 at 21:04:30
It's not uncommon fjor only one of two usb ports on the front panel to be hooked up...I wouldn't worry about it.

What you're seeing is a display of your autoexec.bat file displayed for a few seconds...again, don't worry about it.


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January 20, 2010 at 09:28:50
Unless you are running DOS games you could disable the file file autoexec.bat by renaming it to autoexec.old and it should get rid of that screen. Windows will boot with autoexec.bat disabled. As SkipCox said though, it is not important.

In general it is best to leave the Belkin Wireless Adapter permanently plugged in. However, in the situation you described it should be OK to remove it after power off, then plug it in again before booting (when you need it). Just avoid plugging it in and out while Windows is running.

By the way, as you have seen, a different helper has answered your query this time, so make sure any new posts are worded so that they can be understood by anyone unware of the previous long post.

some other bloke...

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January 20, 2010 at 13:27:50
I tried to follow the other post Derek but due to the length and the ongoing help from you and Dave; just stayed out of it.

Your advice on how to unplug and plugin the Belkin adapter is the only safe way to go.

Same good advice for the autoexec.bat rename too; but, with the trouble Jim has had getting this far, I'd leave that alone until things all settle down.


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January 20, 2010 at 14:55:05

Yeah, makes sense I reckon. If it aint broke don't fix it LOL.

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January 20, 2010 at 15:21:45
Yeah, might be best to handle it like a fragile antique.

Derek, do you know if the NETSTART in autoexec.bat is necessary for the belkin? I don't think he has a 10/100 card in the PC so I don't know why netstart would be there.

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January 20, 2010 at 16:20:35
... and vulnerable antique.

Nope, nothing like that in my ole W98SE and the Belkin works fine.

I've never found autoexec.bat (or config.sys) necessary for Windows. The only thing I have in autoexec.bat is a line for setting a UK keyboard in true DOS - the default being USA.

Maybe some obscure old DOS game or program might require the network, or facilities to check the network, from true DOS.

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January 20, 2010 at 16:28:02
Could always REM it out and see...

REM c:\windows\netstart

Easy to undo if necessary


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January 20, 2010 at 16:53:39
Sure thing SkipCox but I think your earlier advice to leave it alone is more appropriate in the circumstances.

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January 20, 2010 at 17:38:31
Yeah; it can't hurt anything just sitting there.


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January 20, 2010 at 18:50:21
In your PM I assume you were asking for all the Belkin Wireless Adapter info we discussed, for future reference - see below:-


The following is for W98SE. Minor differences when using XP are marked ***

If you need to re-install the Belkin driver, make sure you first uninstall any existing Belkin driver using "Control Panel > Add-Remove Programs" (or any Uninstall that Belkin have provided). Sometimes things get left behind, so after that it would be sensible delete any Belkin folder that might be left in Program Files, then any relevant entry that might still be showing in Device Manager.

Unplug Belkin Wireless Adapter.
Double click exe file, either mine on the CD (Preferred) or a Belkin download.
Don't insert Adapter unless it asks - reboot then insert it.
[For information, my file 7050v3.exe name has been shortened. It's proper name is F5D7050v3.exe but this makes no difference to using it].

TROUBLESHOOT (if it doesn't work after install).
1. Keep the adapter plugged in from now on. Note that there should be an
icon in the System Tray (near clock at the bottom) - it won't work if that
is missing.

2. Try a reboot. Assuming the Belkin still doesn't work, have a look in:
c:\program files\Belkin\Belkin Wireless Network Utility.
In that last folder (Belkin Wireless Network Utility) you should find about 30 files and two folders. If so, this means that the software has installed. If the Belkin main folder or sub-folder is missing then something went totally wrong with the install.

3. You could also look in Control Panel > Networks. Don't alter anything there but just check to see if there is at least one entry that mentions the Belkin Adapter. ***

4. In Device Manager you should be showing an entry "Network Adapters". This should expand out to "Belkin 54g Wireless USB Network adapter". If an error is showing then remove the "Belkin Wireless Network Utility" entry and reboot to see if that helps.

5. If (as apparently happened once before) it shows as "Unknown Device" this is wrong. Expand that entry, delete it and reboot to see if that helps.

Windows XP is exactly the same except for Control Panel > Networks. For XP it is Control Panel >Network Connections ***. This lists the network adapters available. If you are using the Belkin this will show. If there are other network adapters it is a matter of identifying the Belkin device which should already be Enabled. There might be Compaq devices but if you are only using the Belkin these should be left Disabled. Note that you should not install any Compaq Wireless Adapter drivers if you are only using the Belkin. Note also that for XP you should NOT use the driver I gave you. You would need to use the appropriate driver (hopefully 3xxx series) from the Belkin website, or the CD that "Belkin" provided with the adapter.


This link, posted by DAVEINCAPS, is useful as it contains the whole range of Compaq drivers for your older machine:

If you ever wish to install the "Compaq" Wireless Adapter, google for:
"Compaq iPAQ Networking Wireless Adapter" in order to find one. The drivers are included in DAVEINCAPS link above.

All of the above can be copy/pasted into WordPad or NotePad for future reference. DAVEINCAPS link can be saved from the webpage.

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January 21, 2010 at 14:31:34
to all,

the info for me that was posted in #10 is beneficial, and i shall copy and save it for future refference, but the information that i seek for my benefit, is what most of the, "my computer not starting", post lead to, and that was eleminating my windows 98 se, creating a bootdisk, finding a key, and installing windows 98 se, from a copied disk, as the old one seemed corrupt. I only have the post from that thread, and my memory to remember the steps in useing all the things we found, to accomplish my old computer to be functional. my memory, is as bad, or confuseing as trying to go back thru the threads and figure out what to do. i have forgotten the point that i enter the "format c". if i could get a simple step form of this, it would help me.

I know the post in that thread was confuseing, and i did not want confusion, but, i knew absolutely nothing about doing the things we done. that thread, even as confuseing as it was, got my old computer as good as it ever was, and i give OtheHill, Derek, and Dave all the credit for staying with that plan. again.....thank you :)

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January 21, 2010 at 17:58:36
Remember that you had all sorts of issues during that long post. Some were due to CD drives that didn't work and a CD with a corrupted copy of W98SE on it. Normally your bootdisk would be a floppy, but your floppy drive also did not work. There was also a lot of "finger trouble" on the way and several DOS commands which we used to try to establish the precise situation on your machine and try to fix it. The CD's you had available (and still have) were a bit unusual. It should all be a lot easier now, like this:


What you now use as your bootdisk is the CD you call a "Recovery Disk".

You also have a fair "copy" of a CD with W98SE on it - we'll call that your
"Copied W98SE CD".

Using the above tools the process boils down to this:-

Boot up with your "Recovery Disk" (bootdisk) in the drive.

"IF" you wish to reformat the hard disk then you first type in the following command then hit the Enter key:

format c:

Remember that this will completely remove "everything" on your hard disk,
including Windows itself and all the drivers and programs you have installed.

Without rebooting, remove your "Recovery Disk" and replace it with your "Copied W98SE CD"

Type the following three commands (hit Enter after each one):


cd Win98


... W98 should now start installing...

If you reformatted, it will definitely ask you for a key at some stage. This is whatever key you finally used to get W98SE to install during that long post.


If you simply want to put W98SE in again "over the top", in order to quickly attempt to repair some problem with Windows but keep your data, then use the above procedure BUT DO NOT TYPE format c:

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January 21, 2010 at 19:39:52
(I didn't refresh so didn't notice Derek had already posted. So just add this to Derek's comments.)

There's two commands you may need to use before installing 98. If you're looking to just wipe the contents of a drive that's already been used in the computer then maybe all you need to use is FORMAT. You'd boot up with a bootdisk or the 98 cd and at the dos prompt you'd type format c: and enter. When it's done you're ready to install 98.

If all you need to do is format then skip the red part.

The other command is FDISK. That's the partitioning command. If you have a new drive with no partition or a drive used in another computer with a partition that may have a partition that's not standard for the PC it's in now, you'd want to run fdisk.

If you're going to use fdisk to change the partition on the drive you use it first, then you format the drive. Fdisk is like the foundation for a building while format is the framwork built on that foundation.

For fdisk you again boot up with a bootdisk or the 98 cd. At the dos prompt you type fdisk and enter. If fdisk sees you have a drive larger than about 500 meg (not gig) it'll ask if you want to use 'large disk support'. If you answer Y to that then any partition it creates will be FAT32. If you answer N then any created partitions will be FAT16 (usually called just FAT, where FAT stands for 'file allocation table'). FAT16 partitions are limited to no more than 2 gig so unless you have a really old drive you'll always answer Y to 'large disk support'.

If the drive previously had windows NT, 2000, XP or even a newer OS, fdisk may ask about treating NTFS partitions as large. You'd probably answer Y to that also. Those operating systems usually run on NTFS and not FAT partitions.

After choosing Y or N you get to the main menu:

1) Create dos partition or logical dos drive
2) Set active partition
3) Delete partition or logical dos drive
4) Display Partition information

If you have two physical drives there should be a 5th option:

5) Change current fixed disk drive

A dos partition is usually going to be the first partition on the drive and is the one you boot from. That partition doesn't have to take up all the drive space. In that case yoiu can set up the rest of the drive as an extended partition and then create logical drives within that extended partition. Those logical drives will show up in 'my computer' as separate drives even though all the partitions are part of a single hard dirve.

A partition needs to be set 'active' or else you can't boot form it. That's the purpose of the second fdisk menu option. Fdisk will automatically set the primary dos partition as active unless there's another physical drive that already has an active partition. So normally you don't need to worry about setting the partition active.

Option 4 allows you to see what kind of partitions the drive has and how its space is allocated.

If you want to repartition the drive you want to get rid of whatever partitions it now has. For that you choose option 3. If it has logical drives you delete those first, then the extended partition, then the dos partition. If it has an NTFS partition you choose to delete the 'non dos partition'.

Once the partitions are gone (or if there were none to begin with), go back to the main menu and choose option 1 and then 'create primary dos partiton' from the menu. It'll take a few minutes to analyze the drive and then ask how much space you want for the partition. For convience choose to use all the space. Then it'll take a few minutes to create the partition. When it's done, exit fdisk and reboot, again using the floppy bootdisk or the 98 cd. Then at the dos prompt, format the drive using the FORMAT command as explained in the first paragraph.

To start the 98 installation you run SETUP either from the root directory of the 98 cd or from the WIN98 directory on the cd. The command is usually in both places.

If the dos prompt is not on the at the cdrom drive letter, typing setup and enter may return 'bad command or file name'. That means the command is not on the current drive and the OS doesn't know where to find it. Typically a PATH will tell the OS where else to look. Some bootdisks have a path that will include the cdrom drive letter, others won't. If typing setup and enter starts the installation then you're OK. If not you need to preface the command with the path. So you'd type d:\setup and enter or d:\win98\setup and enter, where D: is the cdrom drive letter indicated when you booted up with the bootdisk or cd.

That will start the installation and you should be able to choose the defaults whenever it asks a question.

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January 22, 2010 at 05:16:31
this will be very helpful for me in the months, (years) to come, if i reach a point to doing this again. thanks a lot.
now, i cannot play DVD's, and if i get a CD/DVD writer, can i just install it the way i done on my other computer, with windows xp? I just bought a CD/DVD writer, mounted it withen cage, plugged the wires in, and used the cd provided to install the drivers. i am only guessing it would be the same.

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January 22, 2010 at 05:18:27
this will be very helpful for me in the months, (years) to come, if i reach a point to doing this again. thanks a lot.
now, i cannot play DVD's, and if i get a CD/DVD writer, can i just install it the way i done on my other computer, with windows xp? I just bought a CD/DVD writer, mounted it withen cage, plugged the wires in, and used the cd provided to install the drivers. i am only guessing it would be the same.
my twins have popye, bugs bunny, porkey pig, and lil rescals on DVD, and just trying to make the unit do all this. thanks.

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January 22, 2010 at 08:41:45
From your description I am unsure whether the new device is internal or external,

However, the installation should be pretty well the same as that for XP but make sure the new device and software says it is suitable for W98SE.

Unless the new device is an internal replacement you will need to keep your existing drive in place for possible "Windows installs" because it is unlikely that an external drive will be suitable with the CD's available and the procedure we used.

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January 22, 2010 at 14:00:58
Just to harp back to my #12. This was written assuming you use the two CD's you already have to hand.

#13 gives you the general install method for W98SE, which leans rather more towards using conventional bootdisks. This will be particularly useful if your "Recovery Disk" ever gets lost or damaged and/or you wish to use a W98SE generated floppy disk. It also gives information on the use of FDISK for partitioning, should that ever become necessary or required.

I hope this is clear. There is not really any major difference between the two methods.

My own feeling is that while you have the CD's you previously used you might as well use the method in #12 for any future installs/re-installs. This means that you don't have to worry about drive letter variations but just follow the instructions exactly as given. It is also what you did before (tidied up a bit in the light of what we found out about the CD's you were using).

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