How can I get XP to Recognize Ralink rt2860 lan wifi card?

March 24, 2017 at 08:38:48
Specs: Windows XP pro, p4; 1Gb
I've been working on this for days, but win xp will not find my new ralink rt 2860 card. I've loaded and unloaded three versions of the driver [and the utility] with no joy. Does anyone have the answer?

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#1
March 24, 2017 at 10:57:08
Did you restart the system after installing each driver you tried?

Also try cleaning the card edge connectors with a soft pencil eraser because sometimes there can be tarnish about. Pop the card in and out a few times too which will ensure the socket itself is clean.

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#2
March 24, 2017 at 14:25:13
Ralink is (was) a maker of wi-fi chipsets but I don't think they made actual cards. They were bought by MediaTek several years ago. The only place you should be downloading drivers is from the card manufacturer or MediaTek. Do NOT use 3rd party driver sites or "driver finder" software.

https://www.mediatek.com/products/b...

Download the driver file from the above & unzip it. Open the folder & unzip WHQL_OmniPeek_RT2860V1.4.0.16.zip. Open that folder, open x86, right click on rt2860.inf, then click Install.


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#3
March 25, 2017 at 09:49:27
Derek,

Thanks for the reply to my dilemma. I've tried all the usual install tricks; I even tried each of the four PCI sockets in my Dell 4500. but thanks for tying.


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#4
March 25, 2017 at 09:53:16
riider,

That didn't work either. But now I have another driver in my collection. Still no joy.
It seems as though Win XP SP3 will not allow this card to be recognized.


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#5
March 25, 2017 at 10:28:21
I assume you tried these two as well:

1. Uninstall from Device Manager then restart computer.

2. Update from Device Manager.

Does it show errors in Device Manager against the device?

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#6
March 25, 2017 at 14:52:32
Derek,

Thanks again for the response. Yes, I've uninstalled, restarted, and reinstalled with several different drivers and Win XP still gives the code 10 [can't start] response.

Any other ideas?


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#7
March 25, 2017 at 15:23:59
Someone here solved it by installing the chipset drivers first:
http://www.techsupportforum.com/for...

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#8
March 25, 2017 at 15:45:10
Thanks. At least there is something else to try.

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#9
March 26, 2017 at 07:10:25
Maybe the card is bad. Is it being recognized? Does it show up in Device Manager? The only other possibility is the card isn't based on the RT2860 chip & you're trying to install the wrong driver. Look for the chip model number on the card to confirm.

Example: https://i.stack.imgur.com/uA9qy.png


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#10
March 26, 2017 at 08:02:37
riider,

Thanks for the information. I think I'll give up on this card. It does light up; it shows on the device manager; it won't start.

I'm now playing with a RaLink USB Wi-fi dongle. If this doesn't work, I'm going back to cat6 and RJ-45.


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#11
March 26, 2017 at 09:36:03
Just so you know, even though the disk that came with the card may have some sort of wireless software, it's not needed. All that's required is the driver. The rest will be handled by Windows.

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#12
March 29, 2017 at 18:55:04
Hi, you can try two things:

1. Buy another USB wireless network card, I think it can solve your problem easily.

2. Try to install a compatible driver.

In device manager, find the ralink rt 2860 card, right-click it and choose update driver software.

Then following the next steps: Browse my computer for driver software > Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

In this compatible windows, selected the Show Compatible hardware, and choose the list device model one by one to install it.

Wish it can helps.


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#13
March 31, 2017 at 09:10:46
Thanks to ALL. I did get the RaLink USB dongle to work; it's in the same room as the access point, so there's no transmit/receive problems. I guess I will be able to save my cat6 cable for some other project.

Time to end this thread.


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#14
March 31, 2017 at 12:23:57
Thanks for letting us know. If you choose a Best Answer it will mark this thread as closed and reduce the possibility of further inputs/

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