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Old 09-19-2006
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Default Netgear WPN511 PCMCIA - Blue Screen of Death (BSoD)

I recently purchased a Netgear WPN511 PCMCIA card for my laptop but found that it randomly crashed with the Blue Screen of Death - BSoD. The offending driver was WPN511.sys.

I made sure that I installed the latest Netgear version 1.3 device driver (Jan 2006) which still resulted in random crashes (Blue Screen of Death - BSoD) under Windows XP. This was driving me mad, the crashes would happen randonly after minutes, hours or perhaps if you were extremely lucky 1-2 days. A quick examination of the device driver shows that it has been developed primarily for Windows 2000, the driver is not stable under Windows XP.

The solution is simple, un-install the Negear driver, then download the latest Atheros generic device driver (WPN511 uses the Atheros chipset). I used Atheros version 4.2.2.27 (July 2006)and the BSoD issue has disappeared. This driver supports Windows 2000, Server 2003 and Windows XP. This driver supports Super G (108Mbps). Below is the link to this driver.

[URL="http://www.station-drivers.com/telechargement/atheros/atheros%204.2.2.27.exe"]http://www.station-drivers.com/telechargement/atheros/atheros%204.2.2.27.exe[/URL]

By the way, I raised a support call with Netgear on this issue, what a waste of time!!! Extremely poor support. Got the issue raised to their L2 support guys but they didn't have a clue. I informed them of the issue and the fix but the L2 person didn't know what to do next, seems driver releases are done by another group and she didn't know how to proceed to get a new driver issued. What a joke!!!
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Old 10-03-2006
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Default Re: Netgear WPN511 PCMCIA - Blue Screen of Death (BSoD)

Finally got Netgear to admit there was a problem. They supplied me a new beta driver. It is not available for download from the Netgear site (as yet), so I have uploaded it to here :-

[URL="http://members.driverguide.com/driver/detail.php?driverid=784804"]http://members.driverguide.com/driver/detail.php?driverid=784804[/URL]

Interesting to note that it uses the Athersos 4.2.2.14 device driver (March 2006).
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Thanks for your notes, research, and links.... good post.
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Old 02-02-2007
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Originally Posted by Golden Gun
Finally got Netgear to admit there was a problem. They supplied me a new beta driver. It is not available for download from the Netgear site (as yet), so I have uploaded it to here :-

[URL="http://members.driverguide.com/driver/detail.php?driverid=784804"]http://members.driverguide.com/driver/detail.php?driverid=784804[/URL]

Interesting to note that it uses the Athersos 4.2.2.14 device driver (March 2006).

Hi, did what you said in 1st post - Athersos driver works brilliantly (uses xp interface rather than its own all singing/dancing. Do you think I am best sticking to this or change to netgear beta driver ?

Thanks, Mike
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