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Windoz update problems
updated linksys wireless adaptor - aaaarrrggghhh

 7:01 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

foolish, foolish me. Win Update said I needed to update the cisco adaptor, so I did. now I can't get on the net (I'm using a dial up right now).

Called my cable service, they said they couldn't get out until Monday (busy time of year with all the new computers, etc.) and I should call MS and have them show me how to get back the old version of the wireless adaptor.

MS tech insisted it was my A/V or firewall not the windows update and insisted that I uninstall them. He also insisted I could get them back later by setting a restore point and then restoring - shoulda known - it didn't work. So, now I am without internet access, except for dial up, and I have no A/V or firewall.

After 4 hours on the phone with this tech doing ipconfig, ipconfig /release, and ipconfig /renew all with the same results showing no contact with DHCP server, I gave up trying to reason with him and said I would calol my cable provider back.

Does anyone know where I can go to get the version prior to v2.8 of Cicco Linksys LLC Networking Linksys Wirlesee-B USB Network Adaptor and, if so, how I go about putting it back right.

BTW, the tech finally agreed it was the update that caused the problem but couldn't offer a soloution.

No bashing of MS necessary, I'm already doing that ;)!**%$#@##@!**#%



 7:36 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm always wary of downloading any suggested hardware drivers from Windows Update. I always make sure that I have a full backup before installing any of these.

The tech's idea of using a restore point was a good one. Depending on how many resources you have allocated for your drive's restore point there may be several available on your system. Check to see whether you have any older restore points available.


 7:54 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi nancy, you can roll back to the old drivers through the device manager (assuming you're running windows 2000 or XP).

Follow these instructions

* Click on 'start.
* Choose 'Run'.
* In the run box, type: devmgmt.msc
* Click 'OK' (this will bring up the device manager)
* expand 'network adapters'
* find your cisco network adapter in the list.
* double click on it to bring up the properties.
* Click on the 'Drivers' tab.
* Click the 'Roll Back Driver' button.

This should revert to the previous drivers.

Hope that helps!


 8:24 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

bill - I have a number of restore points and tried two previous ones but NIS wouldn't install - error message said something about a security issue. It is an old version of NIS and A/V and I was waiting for the A/V to expire before I updated. I can't even reinstall it - that's aaarrrggghhhh #2

Prolific - thanks, but the cable guy had me try the roll back but there wasn't anything there - that's aaarrrggghhh #3.

Anyplace I can go to download the old one and anyway to know what the old one was or what I can use so I don't have to wait until next Monday?

This is one of those truly awful days when I desperately needed the seven hours that I've now wasted on this. Should have titled this thread "Oh, woe is me".


 8:47 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I don't use NIS, but it sounds like a nightmare. Are you saying that you can access the net but can't use NIS by using a restore point? If that's the case then you have another culprit to check.


 9:04 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Most manufaturers will keep the old drivers around on their public FTP site.

With some digging, here is the v2.6 driver:

(this is if you have the WUSB11 card)

Also even older drivers v2.5 here:

hope this helps!


 9:04 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I can access the net only by using my backup dial-up connection but NIS won't come back via two different system restore points and I can't even reinstall it since the it is so old - subscription isn't up until March 2006 when I was planning on chucking NIS for something less of a system hog.

Thankfully since I use mailwasher I can at least see my current mail without worring about virus', but I can't answer it unless I use an old email address at the back-up ISP since they don't allow relaying. aaarrrggghhh #4


 9:06 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

thanks, Prolific!

Now for the "Dummies are Me" question ... how do I tell if I have a WUSB11 card?


 9:11 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

look on the bottom of the card itself. It should list the model number there some where. I took a guess based on your description above.


 9:14 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm really a dummy :( Where do I find the card? I know absolutely nothing 'bout hardware stuff


 9:15 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Sorry, by card I should have said the USB Device or the thingy with the antenna on it :)


 9:24 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

the little thingy with the antenna came with roadrunner and just says "Linksys Wireless-B 2.4 GHz 802.11b USB Network Adaptor" and Cisco Systems. Is the 802.11b what I am looking for? If so can I go to the ftp site and look around for that number?

There is nothing else on this little blue and black plastic thingy with a blue plaxtic antenna :)


 9:33 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Resident dummy here ... just discovered a little slider on the bottom and it is model number WUSB11 ver.2.8

but .. that's what Windows updated aarrg...#5


 10:24 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks, again Prolific.

I went to the linksys ftp site and found WUSB11v28_06282004.zip and wusb11_v28_dr.zip. As soon as this sloooow connection finishes the downloads I'll call the cable guys, hopefully they can help on the phone instead of waiting til Monday.

I've been on cable so long now I forgot how really slow dial-up is


 7:51 pm on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)


Finally found someone at my cable company who listened to my tail of woe and it took him under 5 minutes to discover that the Windows update evidently overwrote the network key! The driver was still there it just couldn't connect without the network key.

Fortunately I knew what that was and where I put it :) so I am back online. Still without A/V or firewall but I will take this "opportunity? " to get something other than NIS.

Everyone - be careful with Windows updates of drivers. Their forum is full of wailing and woeing about loss of wireless connections.

Thanks for your help bill and Prolific! Even though you couldn't solve my problem it was sooo helpful to know someone was out there that understood.

Long live WebmasterWorld :)

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