Netgear MA401 with Windows 98 Problem

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Joey_, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. Joey_

    Joey_ Guest

    I get the following problems after installing the Netgear MA401 802.11b
    WiFi card in a Toshiba Tecra8000 laptop:

    1. on opening Outlook Express 6.00:
    Msimn: this program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut

    2. on closing Internet Explorer 6.0:
    Microsoft Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to
    close. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Later, I got that IE fatal error,
    where it wanted to send an error report to Microsoft.

    Two years ago, this WiFi card worked on this machine. Since that time, the
    following has happened on this machine:

    1. Installed Verizon Online DSL (PPPoE connection) (*** WiFi card still
    2. Deleted Verizon Online DSL software when I got their new Westell WiFi
    modem (*** WiFi card still worked)
    3. Tried to upgrade the firmware on this WiFi card - it FAILED, and then I
    first saw the errors above.
    4. Re-installed Windows 98 from scratch (*** all networking apps work fine
    on my Ethernet cable)
    5. Installed WiFi card and software on new Win98 installation.
    6. Got errors above.

    I've since restored the Win98 Registry, and I'm using the Ethernet cable
    again, but this WiFi card not working is bugging me.
    Could the firmware problem be related to this application-level error?
    Any advice?

    Joey_, Feb 13, 2005
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  2. Usually a failed firmware installation will make the device unable to work
    at all.
    Robert Jacobs, Feb 13, 2005
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  3. Joey_

    Joey_ Guest

    That's what I would think, but it seems that at least most of the firmware
    still works. At least the software driver installed succesfully, apparently,
    and Device Manager shows that the MA401 WiFi card is "working properly". I
    was going to upgrade the firmware again, but I got the previously described
    error. What I don't understand is how a firmware error in the card could
    lead to such high application-level errors, such as IE and OE not working at
    Netgear tech support is useless on this issue. They're just sitting in
    India either ignoring my messages, or sending me simple-minded responses
    that don't even come close to addressing this issue. This doesn't look like
    a simple hardware(firmware) failure to me, so I like to find out what the
    root cause could be.

    Joey_, Feb 13, 2005
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