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Old 01-17-2007, 12:06 AM
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Question Some help please!!!

Hi,
I have a D-Link DWL-G510 PCI WiFi Card and want to use it for my Nintendo Wii and DS but it's just so hard to set up. I obtained a copy of PCTel Segue SoftAP so that I could use the card as an Access Point for my Wii/DS but it just won't install, it keeps saying that a compatible card is not in the system. I am pretty sure this card is compatible as it's the Rev. B of the card which is Atheros and PCTel Segue SoftAP is supposed to support all atheros cards. Also, in the device manager (this is windows btw), after installing the card with either the windows drivers or the CD drivers the card's name is D-Link 'card name' #X - the X is usually a different number, at the moment it's a 5 so I'm thinking that the card has been installed more than once and that's whats causing the problem, if it is how do i get rid of it and how do I get the SoftAP to detect my card? What steps do I take, ie what order do I install the drivers, software, etc in?

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Old 01-17-2007, 12:12 PM
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First off, you'll need to find out exactly what chipset you've got hold of. In my experiance, the revision didn't bear much relationship to the chip. If you've got a different chipset to mine things might be tricky, but I'll see what I can do...

Install the default drivers that came with the card, or whichever ones it accepts.

Right click "My Computer" on your desktop, and select "Properties" from the context menu. Select the "Hardware" tab on the window that appears, then press the "Device Manager" button.

Those steps are for a computer running XP or 2000... If you can't find the Device Manager on your system, lemme know what OS you're using.

Anyway, once the thing's up, double click "Network adaptors", then double click your wireless NIC off the list. On the new window, select the "Driver" tab, then press the "Driver Details..." button. You'll see a list of one or more files. Post that list here.

Edit: I might just note that I originally purchased this card because the revision was supposed to use a certain chipset that can be used to re-flash the firmware in the DS. I wasn't terribly impressed to find out that the card I ended up with wasn't of the right type. It wasn't until some time later that I had the idea of using it as a WAP to get on to the WiFi network. Once I got it to work, I got myself soundly thrashed by some japanese gamers, called the experiment a success, disabled the card and haven't touched it since.
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:38 PM
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I'm using a Rev. B Chipset which is Atheros so the only SoftAP that is compatible is PCTel Segue SoftAP but that won't detect my card for some reason and will not install because of that. Here is what it says in the driver window:

"D-Link AirPlus G DWL-G510 Wireless PCI Adapter(revision b) #5"

Driver files:
C:\WINNT\system32\DRIVERS\A3AB.sys
C:\WINNT\system32\DWLInst.dll

Provier: D-Link Corporation
File Version: 4.0.0.1414
Copyright: Copyright 2004, D-Link. All Rights Reserved

Btw, this is Win2000. I noticed something odd with the device name, it says #5 for some reason, could it be installed more than once, maybe that's why it's not getting detected. If that is the problem how do I uninstall all those previous installations because I cannot see them in the device manager?

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Old 01-18-2007, 12:37 AM
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Ok, ok, so it's Atheros.

I'm afraid that means my steps don't apply to you. However, if I was to recommend anything, it'd be this: Download this package and install it. See if the included "Ekahau Wireless Utility" allows you to convert the card to AP mode. In my case, that's exactly what the "Ralink Wireless Utility" for my card did, just by clicking the icon in the system tray and selecting the option.

Edit: About the number issue, it does indeed mean you are installing multiple devices onto your system.

While this won't cause any real problems, it does make things a bit messy. Boot your computer up in safe mode (tap F8 just as Windows starts, and select the option off the menu that appears), then load up Device Manager again. You'll now see the list of duplicate devices, just remove the lot of them.

On the other hand, this doesn't seem to remove all their settings. In my case, I've still got phantom NICs on my machine with static IP address settings. Windows complains when I try to set my real NICs to those addresses, as they "are already taken", but still allows me to do it. It'd be nice to know how to get rid of them entirely.
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Old 01-18-2007, 01:40 AM
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I've tried the Ekahau pack but it doesn't have AP mode. Also, when I go into safe mode, there are no duplicates of the card. I've read that the MadWifi drivers for linux will work for this card but I don't have linux. Is there some way I can get those drivers to work with windows? If I could just get PCTel SoftAP to recognize my card then it should work, I have obtained a copy of it btw. I'm pretty sure it's compatible since it's atheros and all atheros cards should be supported by PCTel Segue SoftAP, I don't know why it's not getting detected?!?!

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Old 01-18-2007, 11:33 AM
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I'm afraid without actually having the card to tinker around with, I can't really do any experiments.

If there are no duplicate cards listed in safe mode, then don't worry about it.

You won't get the Linux drivers running under Windows. Period.

At this point I can only recommend emailing PCTel's support address as to why it won't detect the card.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:35 PM
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But would PCTel help me with a discontinued product?
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Old 01-19-2007, 02:22 AM
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I dunno. That's why I suggested asking them.
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Old 07-25-2007, 02:23 AM
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Hey Darkblade, could you send me the softAP PLease?
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