3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 6, 2009 1:42 PM by Aryan2411

    COMPATIBILITY DG45FC AND DWA-556  (PCI-E WIRELESS CARD)

    MONSTER

      IS THE WIRELESS PCI-E CARD DWA-556 FROM D-LINK COMPATIBLE WITH THE DG45FC?

      RUNNING VISTA 32, IMPOSSIBLE TO INSTALL.

        • 1. Re: COMPATIBILITY DG45FC AND DWA-556  (PCI-E WIRELESS CARD)
          Aryan2411

          Hello there,

           

          Unfortunately, there is no Validated and Tested Hardware List from Intel for Intel Desktop Boards.

           

          In theory, the card should work.

           

          Except for one thing that I dont understand here:
          From the dlink website datasheet:
          =========================
          The system requirements for the card are:
          A desktop computer with an available 64-bit PCI Express slot
          • Windows® 2000 (Service Pack 4) or XP (Service Pack 2), or Vista
          • 300MHz processor and at least 64MB of RAM
          • A draft 802.11n or 802.11g access point (for Infrastructure mode), or another draft 802.11n or 802.11g wireless adapter (for Ad Hoc networking mode).

           

          It says 64-bit PCI Express Slot, i thought that the width for PCI Express (PCIe) was from 1 -32 bits, and PCI Extended (PCI-X) was 64 bits wide.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI-X

           

          But anyway, i think that as a test, you can try this:
          - Try to disable the Onboard LAN in the BIOS and Save & Exit.
          - Insert the external card into the PCIe x1 slot.
          - See if it makes any differences.
          - if it works, install the latest drivers from the Dlink Website and the utilities.

           

          The reason to advise you to do this is:
          The Gigabit ethernet controller (Onboard LAN) and the PCI Express x1 Slot are sharing the same bus.
          http://download.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/dg45fc/sb/e35964001us.pdf
          Page 13/88

           

          Possibly, this can make a difference. Other than this, may be someone else can help on this one.

           

          All the best,

           

          Regards,
          Aryan.

          • 2. Re: COMPATIBILITY DG45FC AND DWA-556  (PCI-E WIRELESS CARD)
            MONSTER

            Hi Rajiv,

             

            Thank you for your help.

            The card was faulty and replaced under warranty.

            New card easily installed and working fine.

             

            Faulty card was not an option for the support and we spent ten days exchanging emails and trying procedures and drives ...

             

            AT THE END THE ANSWER IS YES, THEY ARE COMPATIBLE ....

            • 3. Re: COMPATIBILITY DG45FC AND DWA-556  (PCI-E WIRELESS CARD)
              Aryan2411

              Hi Monster,

               

              Well, it is good that it worked fine with the replaced RMA. Anyway, i am glad that it worked straight away without any problem, now if someone else has this card, at least we know that there is no compatibility issue.

               

              One more thing it is good that the card worked fine even though if the LAN is enabled in BIOS.

               

              Since i explained to you, that the Onboard LAN and the PCIeX1 share the same bus lane, so in theory if the other is disabled, it should have a dedicated lane for itself and should be faster.

               

              All the best,

               

              Thanks for your answer,

               

              Regards,

              Aryan