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Okay, I'm new here and have searched the archives without any luck.
I have a 2yo Sony VAIO PCG-FR130 notebook running Windows XP SP2 that keeps getting a BSOD. I also posted this message in the Networking forum but no responses yet so I thought maybe I have posted to the wrong forum. Hopefully you will be able to help. : )

I recently installed DSL in my home and was sent a 2Wire wireless adapter card to use on this machine. (My desktop PC has the ethernet connection). I have been told repeatedly that the drivers for the adapter are current. I do believe the SBC Yahoo! software is incompatible (did receive BSOD upon install) so it is not on my machine now.

I know there are no software conflicts including spyware, adware or other issues of this kind. In my many hours of frustration I decided to do a destructive restore. Since that I have re-installed all the patches and SP2 from Microsoft. I have also downloaded and installed the Phoenix BIOS update from the Sony website that is supposed to stablize the system when using the PCMCIA slot.

When I use the computer WITHOUT the wireless card then there are no problems at all. Once I insert the card and start surfing the net I start getting the BSOD. I can get a connection and everything seems to work fine up until the BSOD. SBC has already sent me a replacement card just in case it was faulty, but I still have the same problem with the new card.

When I restart the computer and send an error report to Microsoft it tells me the error is caused by a device driver but they do not have any specific details.

This leads me to believe the driver in question is for the PCMCIA slot that reads "Ricoh R/RL/5C476(II) or compatible cardbus controller" in the device manager. There are no exclamation marks or other symbols indicating a problem with the device in the Device Manager.

I have googled this many, many times and visited many driver update sights and manufacturer sights, but I cannot find an updated driver for this specific device. HOWEVER, I did find one website that suggested that this device is only for Windows NT which makes no sense to me since I've always had XP on this machine and the PCMCIA slot was already on the notebook. ??? What does that mean??? I have never tried to use this slot before now so I have no idea if it ever worked properly.

Does anyone know if I'm on the right path and where to go next? I'd love to finally be able to use this machine once again for access to the internet.

Thanks so much for your thoughts! Have a great day -
Rhonda
 

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only post the same problem once if you find you have posted in the wrong forum,pm a mod and ask them to move it
the driver you have does all versions of windows,and seems to be the latest on offer
have a look for an alternative one here
http://list.driverguide.com/list/company899/
it is down at the moment so i could not do a search there
 

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I didn't want to post too many times but I just wasn't sure which forum would be best for this question. Thanks for your help.

I've tried this driver website for a day now and it's never been available. Guess I'll just have to wait.

thanks anyway...
 

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I was able to get onto that website today but I don't see a driver for this specific device. ??? Am I missing something?

Also -
I took a picture of the BSOD today so I could remember what it says.
The error reads (in part):
DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL



TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
*** STOP: 0x0000000D1 (0x00000008, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0xF81DAA3C

***wlanSIG.sys - Address F81DAA3C base at F81AD000, DateStamp 4074a4c4


Does this help?
Thanks - Rhonda
 
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