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Old 07-23-2006
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Question Netgear WPN311 Driver

Hi,

I'm new to the site, so I'm sorry if this has been posted, but I couldn't figure out if there was a way to search the forums.

I just bought the Netgear Rangemax Wirless PCI Adapter (WPN311) tonight and about three afters installing it I got the dreaded BSOD... got it again 3 minutes later or so when I rebooted. I called Netgear and they suggested I reinstall it all again, but instead of the software that came with the card I should use the original firmware available for download off their site.

I did this, and thus far it appears to be working -- though I only have been using it for about 40 minutes since I installed the older firmware.

I really don't want to encounter the BSOD again at all, so I checked out this site to see about getting a third party driver.

I found this driver:
[url]http://members.driverguide.com/driver/detail.php?driverid=690898[/url]

Which appears to match it so I downloaded it. Does this driver solve the BSOD problem that multiple users are having with the WPN311?

If it does, I have to tell you - how exciting! Do I uninstall the old driver from Netgear before installing this driver?

I'm kind of wondering if this driver is the same one though... (??) I don't know how to tell and I'm really unfamiliar with the site set up. Is this the driver I can get from Netgear or is this a driver someone else has made to solve the stupid BSOD problem this card has? Sorry for the idiocy, but it is almost 3:00 AM and after calling customer support, I'm drained...

Thank you for the information in advance!
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Old 07-24-2006
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idea Re: Netgear WPN311 Driver

Go back to the download site at the link you posted and read the user comments..... it has a 100% rating and over 800 downloads so it must be a pretty good driver imho.
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Old 07-24-2006
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Default Re: Netgear WPN311 Driver

Well -- I know it had a lot of downloads and three good ratings, but I was unsure if I was supposed to uninstall the driver I had first and then install the new download

Also I was hoping to see if anyone had an experience with using it with the WPN311 driver in particular...

Thanks for the quick reply though; I appreciate it!
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idea Re: Netgear WPN311 Driver

Always uninstall a driver before installing another for the same hardware device....
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Question Re: Netgear WPN311 Driver

Hi,

Ive also been suffering fromt he dreaded BSOD! I thought it was my GPU over heating - but it wasnt. I thought it was lack of power - but it wasnt. I thought it was my motherboard - but it wasnt. Ofcourse windows were todl me that they were 'unable to identify the problem'.

Well the problem is windows. And when I installed Linux i had no BSOD... but nothing is compaitble with Linux so I am stuck with Microsoft Win XP!

I saw that you were having exactly the same problem. So i did a little searching and ive found a quality update site for the Netgear WPN311.

[url]http://kbserver.netgear.com/products/WPN311.asp[/url]

Its quality, 100% safe and has up2date updates for the drivers. Remember to uninstall the old drivers because that way you get a pure fresh verison of software without the old bugs!

Ive also found that when Netgear does crash (as it sometimes does tell me that I.P error) - that if you go into properties / (Tab at top)> 'Wireless Networks' and configure Windows to find network - you will have less/no issues at all with finding network. Remove the Netgear icon from preferred networks (every time i restart its back so dont worry - your not deleting it).

Hope you sort the BSOD! I have to say it is possibly one of the most annoying errors on this earth because there is nothing you can do but restart.

Anyway... good luck sorting problem.

Mozz
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