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Old February 6th, 2009, 10:25 AM
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Apologize in advance if this isn't the right forum...

But I just got a Vista laptop. Silly me. I actually thought things might work.

I connected my Netgear adapter to the USB port on the laptop---Vista needs a driver. I have no compatible driver. Can't find one on Netgear's site. Can't get an email support or phone call returned from Netgear.

Is there any way to use this device on a Vista machine? If so, how?

If you have recommendations on a new one, please so state, although preferably, given the lack of Netgear support, not from netgear.
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Old February 6th, 2009, 11:18 AM
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I doubt very seriously that there are vista drivers for this device. Any laptop that can run vista should have an Ethernet adapter on board...
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Any new laptop should have an onboard Ethernet NIC.
The EA101 is only a 10mb adapter and was designed for use with Windows 98. You could TRY to get it to run in compatibility mode, but it may be dubious at best to try. If the laptop came without an Ethernet port built in, you can pick up either a compatible PCMCIA adapter or USB adapter most anywhere.
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Any new laptop should have an onboard Ethernet NIC.
The EA101 is only a 10mb adapter and was designed for use with Windows 98. You could TRY to get it to run in compatibility mode, but it may be dubious at best to try. If the laptop came without an Ethernet port built in, you can pick up either a compatible PCMCIA adapter or USB adapter most anywhere.
I just bought a Belkin that was Vista compatible. It seemed easier.

The laptop has an ethernet port, and recognizes the Netgear, BUT never installs correctly, saying it cannot find the driver.

It seems easier to spend $30 on a new one that will work than keep beating my head against the wall--and if I wait for an answer from Netgear support, it'll probably be 2010.

P.s. Belkin got back to me with a quote, specific product and proper information in 2 hours by email.
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Old February 6th, 2009, 03:10 PM
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I just bought a Belkin that was Vista compatible. It seemed easier.

The laptop has an ethernet port, and recognizes the Netgear, BUT never installs correctly, saying it cannot find the driver.

It seems easier to spend $30 on a new one that will work than keep beating my head against the wall--and if I wait for an answer from Netgear support, it'll probably be 2010.

P.s. Belkin got back to me with a quote, specific product and proper information in 2 hours by email.
It's sad they didn't get back to you fast enough, but like we said, there probably aren't vista drivers for such an old product anyways
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Old February 6th, 2009, 08:58 PM
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I just bought a Belkin that was Vista compatible. It seemed easier.

The laptop has an ethernet port, and recognizes the Netgear, BUT never installs correctly, saying it cannot find the driver.

It seems easier to spend $30 on a new one that will work than keep beating my head against the wall--and if I wait for an answer from Netgear support, it'll probably be 2010.

P.s. Belkin got back to me with a quote, specific product and proper information in 2 hours by email.
I'm glad that you found what you wanted to... but I am also confused why you even need a USB Ethernet adapter if as you state "The laptop has an ethernet port". Why not just use the Ethernet port you already have to connect to the network with?
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