Okay, I've been working on this issue for nearly 10 hours a day for the last 3 days, constantly querying google and trying different installation methods and I'm now at a loss short of replacing my motherboard. Not to mention, I'm fairly sure my girlfriend doesn't believe me when I tell her I've almost got it figured out anymore.
Note:It may be important to know that this adapter is being installed in a mini pci-e to pci-e adapter in a desktop before reading on.
Issue: During initial installation of drivers for the 6300 one of several outcomes occur.
1.) BSOD indicating a driver issue NETwNs64.sys while detecting hardware.
2.) System lockup requiring hard restart.
3.) Driver installs but leaves hardware inoperable (code 39 cannot load drivers for the device).
1.) Reformatted windows 7 x64 w/ sp1 no updates. Same results.
2.) Reformatted windows 7 x64 w/ sp1 all updates to current. Same results.
3.) Reformatted windows 7 x64 w/ sp1; started in audit mode and attempted install. No dice.
4.) Re-attempted steps 1-3 while trying the auto driver selector.
5.) 6300 installed in laptop to confirm it wasn't a bad adapter, It installed successfully, no problems on first attempt.
6.) 6300 installed in pcie to mini pcie bridge in alternate desktop. Also sucessfull first attempt.
7.) 6300 installed in intended computer with all peripherals unplugged or turned off in BIOS except serial (no switch in BIOS)
8.) Pulled video card from x16 slot and put 6300 there in case it was a problem with the x1 slot, accessed computer via remote desktop. also unsuccessful.
9.) Lit some insense, put my wallut in my shirt pocket, moved all my change from my right pocket to my left and breathed through my mouth. Clearly didn't work.
Steps I've considered:
1.) Attempting with XP or Ubuntu and same hardware.
2.) Moving intended system drive to alternate desktop and installing windows and drivers then moving system drive back to intended computer.
3.) Purchasing a new socket 939 mobo with the fear it would have the same issues.
4.) Purchasing a cheap AM3 board and cpu and being out $100 after spending too much on this adapter already.
Only thing I can come up with is drivers being loaded out of order while the hardware is detected or a conflict somewhere.Maybe the PCI bridge isn't loading correctly. In my system information under conflicts/sharing it does list the pci standard pci to pci bridge several times. I did mean to see what the other desktop listed, as it is a similar setup. I'm not sure if it's normal behavior though as it's mostly listing it with the HD 5450 (video card) which is also pci-e.
I seem to sense someone asking for a minidump. I'll post one tomorrow if it would help anyone track this down with me.
Hardware setup: (HTPC Solution)
OSWindows 7 x64 w/ sp1
CPU Athlon x2 4800+
Ram 4GB ddr2 800
SSD for OSPatriot Torqx 2
HDD for User Folders WD 2TB
Input Bluetooth keyboard and mouse
No overclocking or ridiculous options in BIOS since it's an OEM Compaq motherboard.
Any and all suggestions are welcome with open arms and hopefully this thread will help anyone else who may have this or a similar issue.