Wireless PCMCIA Network Card Problems, Not detecting any networks let alone connect
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I just purchased a PCMCIA wireless network card from an online shop based in China. As far as I can tell, the make of the card is a company called 'Enjoy Technology' judging from looking at the hardware however the driver is 'Planet WL-3552 Wireless PCMCIA Card' and appears to be an up to date driver. There are two LEDs on the card one labelled 'Act' and another labelled 'Link'. The 'Act' led lit up and stayed static when I first plugged the card into the PCMCIA port and after a successful driver installation this led now flashes consistently (about twice per second). I can only assume this is what's supposed to happen. However when searching for wireless networks I get the dreaded 'No networks found' after multiple attempts, restarts, driver reinstallations, other driver upgrades etc...
The wireless router i'm using is a new Netgear WNR2000 with pretty much default settings (except settings that were configured during the router setup stages: Setting region to Europe and wireless security to WPA2-PSK). I have two other laptops with built in Wireless and they detected and connected to my network with no trouble. I have only tried the card on this laptop because I not sure how I could test it on other laptops that already have wireless built in (how would I know that it was working?).
I think that's everything but I should mention that a few months ago I wiped my laptop and reinstalled Windows XP (not using the Cds supplied by my manufacturer but instead using a stand alone Windows XP Professional Cd). Everything seems to be working and any drivers in the device manager that had the [?] icon have been installed.
Perhaps it's just don't to the fact that I have I fallen foul of the result of a poor and cheaply made wireless card? Hope not.