Dell Laptop confuses Linksys Wireless G card as a Dell TrueMobile 1300 WLAN Mini-PCI Card ?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by riggor99999, Nov 6, 2005.

  1. riggor99999

    riggor99999 Guest

    My new Dell Latitude 610 has a built in "Dell Wireless 1470 Dual Band WLAN
    Mini-PCI Card".

    I have a Linksys Wireless G card from when I used it with my old laptop - so
    I thought I would configure is as a backup in case the internal starting
    acting up.

    When I plugged in the Linksys card, the Dell laptop thought it was a "Dell
    TrueMobile 1300 WLAN Mini-PCI Card". It worked fine. I then changed the
    driver so that the Linksys card used the Linksys drivers.......the built in
    "Dell Wireless 1470 Dual Band WLAN Mini-PCI Card" stopped working, and the
    Linksys Wireless-G using the Linksys drivers also stopped working.

    Rolling back the driver for the Linksys Wireless-G card, so that the system
    thinks it is a "Dell TrueMobile 1300 WLAN Mini-PCI Card" fixed everything so
    both the internal Dell card and the external Linksys using the Dell drivers
    all was working again.

    Anyone seen this?
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    riggor99999, Nov 6, 2005
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  2. riggor99999

    DigitalVinyl Guest

    I haven't seen that but i believe there are only three wireless chip
    manufacturers in the world and everyone's products are packagings of
    those three's. Since Dell doesn't really make any technology, chances
    are those two are the exact same thing, just marketed and attached
    differently. This was common with modems back when only two chip
    manufacturers existed. A large range of modem drivers from various
    manufacturers would work perfectly well with any one modem.


    If two devices use the same driver and you remove one of them you
    remove the software files that support both. I've seen this with
    printers. Somebody removes an HP4 driver and all their HP4 printers
    stop working. I think that's why both broke.



    DiGiTAL_ViNYL (no email)
     
    DigitalVinyl, Nov 6, 2005
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  3. Well, let's see:

    ADMTek
    Agere (Lucent)
    Airgo
    Aironet
    Atheros
    Atmel
    Broadcom
    InProComm
    Intel (Centrino)
    Intersil/Frisbee
    IPW
    Marvel
    NWN (3com)
    Orinoco
    Philips (Centrino)
    Prism (Harris/Intersil/etc)
    Ralink
    Realtek
    Symbol
    Texas Instruments
    Zydas

    Probably a few more that I forgot. Anyway, more than three chip
    vendors.
     
    Jeff Liebermann, Nov 6, 2005
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  4. Well, he said "manufacturers". I'm not convinced that those are all unique
    manufacturers (in fact, ipw is "Intel"). I've certainly heard that
    Orinocos can be based on different chipsets.
     
    Derek Broughton, Nov 7, 2005
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  5. True, and guilty as charged. I got lazy and just went to the Linux
    wireless driver site, and plagerized the list of manufacturers. I
    also added a few and added some notes. It gets rather messy when a
    manufacturer choses an RF chip from one chip vendor, and a MAC chip
    from another. To get picky, some of the aformentioned use contract
    chip foundries, which are the real "manufacturers". Perhaps chipset

    Some drivel:
    - Intel 2100 series Centrino uses wireless chips from Philips.
    - IPW is Intel ProSet Wireless starting with 2200.
    - Orinocco is actually a mess of manufacturers (in order) from:
    Wavelan, Orinoco, Lucent, Agere, Avaya, and Proxim which use Prism
    chipsets from Harris, Intersil, Conexant, Frisbee, and Javelin.
    - Symbol uses various chip foundries.
    - NWN is "No Wires Needed" in Netherlands. I think (not sure) they're
    now part of Alvarion/Breezecom.
    - Aironet is owned by Cisco.

    Anyway, there are certainly more than 3 chipset manufacturers.
     
    Jeff Liebermann, Nov 7, 2005
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  6. riggor99999

    Fman99 Guest

    I have seen this. I had to physically remove my built in Dell 1300
    card in order to get an external Linksys card to work.
     
    Fman99, Nov 8, 2005
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  7. riggor99999

    riggor99999 Guest

    Thanks.

    Question: why did you want the Linksys over the built in Dell? Did you
    have problems with the Dell?

    I had two external cards that I was using with my old laptop - a Linksys and
    a D-Link. When I got the new laptop, I tested the new cards just in case I
    needed them as a backup. The D-Link worked and had no conflicts. The
    Linksys had the conflict.

    My plan is to use the built in card, and use the D-Link as a backup.
     
    riggor99999, Nov 8, 2005
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