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Windows 7: Linksys WUSB54G (VERSION 2.0 ONLY PLEASE) Windows 7

15 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Linksys WUSB54G (VERSION 2.0 ONLY PLEASE) Windows 7

Greetings,

I'm new here, so I apologize if this has already been discussed. Nonetheless, I recently purchased a Toshiba Satellite P505-S8980 Laptop with the following specs:

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OS
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T6600 @ 2.20 GHz
6GB DDR2 RAM

My question is the compatibility of an old Linksys WUSB54G Network Adapter (VERSION 2.0) with Windows 7 64-Bit. I followed the installation instructions for the Version 2.0 and everything looked OK, but the laptop could not read the adapter. I then found out that it was not compatible with Windows 7, but that there were fixes available. I have absolutely zero understanding of how all of this works and the only solutions that I have found for this are applicable for Version 4.0 of this adapter. I've spent hours trying to get my laptop to read the adapter, including all of the manual driver installs via device manager. One site even told me to uninstall the 2.0 software and install the 4.0 software (XP & Vista) and that it should work (it didn't).

Does anyone have a "step by step" solution for the Version 2.0 adapter or is it simply outdated and time to buy a new network adapter?

Thanks!

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15 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

why are you having to use the adapter at all the laptop should have a built in wireless card no need for the USB adapter
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15 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I'm trying to connect to my home DSL line.

So I don't need the network adapter? I have a Dell Dimension 8400 desktop that's wired to the DSL. Someone at Best Buy (I know, probably not the best source for information) told me that I need to use a network adapter in order to feed off of my DSL line.

I'm pretty computer illiterate so any help would be greatly appreciated.
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15 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Do you have a router? If so then likely the Linksys WUSB54G Network Adapter is not needed... Pls fill out "My System Specs" so we can give you the help you need... and Welcome to Windows 7 Forums.
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15 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

ok what I need to know is what DSL modem you have make and model please
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15 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I updated "My System Specs" as best I could.

Toshiba Satellite P505-S8980 Laptop
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OS
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T6600 @ 2.20 GHz
6GB DDR2 RAM

My modem:

Efficient Networks Speedstream 5100
Ethernet ADSL Modem

Thanks!
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15 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

ok you need a wireless router the desktop with hard wire to the router and the laptop will connect wireless to to it if you wanted to have the desktop in another room form the DSL modem and router you could use the USB adapter on the desktop but you still need a wirless router non the less

here you go

Newegg.com - Wireless Routers,wireless router


what ever you get don't buy an antenna less style get one with external antenna th bigger the better
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17 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

The Linksys adapter you mentioned works after a bit of playing around on 32-bit Windows 7. I've had to install Windows 7 a few times, sometimes the adapter works straight off with disc drivers, sometimes I have to do a bit more messing around, sometimes it just doesn't work and then decides to work. With 64-bit, it is a much bigger problem. I spent hours earlier looking for drivers but none worked for me. Linksys apparently do not support it for 64-bit operating systems. I resorted to using a long ethernet cable from the bottom corner to an opposite corner upstairs of the house as a temporary fix. My adapter was still plugged in and then about 15 minutes after being online through the wired connection, I noticed I had wireless connections available. My assumption is that after connecting to the internet using the cable, I managed to get an update through the automatic update system which enabled the adapter to work.

So in short, if you want it to work, use a temporary wired connection with the adapter already plugged in.
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