802.11 wireless problem solved

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I think I have the problem solved. I reinstalled XP again with the
latest drivers and the wireless status light started flickering like
crazy. When I went to reboot the status light would not turn on. So
then I tried using a USB wireless card and the ethernet port is
working.now. I will most likely get a 802.11n  USB and upgrade my home
wireless router that as well.  One advantage is that it will allow me
to use a external antenna.

It still is a bit of mystery why a flaky wireless card would affect
other devices..? In most cases a device will simply die. Another
strange that the device manager is showing a new category (other
devices). The other device category is listing mass storage controller
and PCI modem. The other device category was not showing on the prior
XP install.

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It depends on how drivers register themselves, but in some cases
"other devices" means the OS can't find a proper driver for the

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Did you install chipset drivers?

A whole lot of IBM T30's have defective memory slots that kill the machine.
It wouldn't be a far stretch for the Wifi card slot in your particular
laptop to create problems if it is malfunctioning.

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