Linksys WUSB11 ver 2.6 driver issue

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by R Parker, Sep 4, 2004.

  1. R Parker

    R Parker Guest

    Hi, I've recently changed my PC and I am trying to re-set up my home
    wireless network. (Ad hoc setup, with USB modem on host machine and
    Linksys WUSB11 wireless adaptors on other two machines.)

    However, when I come to install my WUSB11 wireless adapter on my (new)
    host PC (running Windows XP SP1), Windows automatically installs the
    driver without me intervening. It appears to find the driver from its
    in-built collection and I can't make it get the driver from the CD or
    any other location of my choosing.

    Unfortunately, the driver that it installs does not appear to work
    properly - it is also a much later version ( that
    available from Linksys ( With this later driver
    installed file sharing is possible, but other PCs cannot access the
    internet. The driver that Windows installs is called "vnetusbl.sys".

    I have tried to use Update Driver from Device Manager but Windows
    "insists" that the driver it is already using is the latest and best.

    I have also tried renaming "vnetusbl.sys" to "vnetusbl.old" but
    Windows recreates the sys file.

    I have also tried updating to XP SP2 but it made no difference.

    I didn't have this problem on my last PC which also used XP SP1.

    Does anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks and regards, Roger
    R Parker, Sep 4, 2004
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  2. R Parker

    Pavel A. Guest

    Windows has a way to check if the update is newer, or better match for
    your device. If this check fails, this means that:
    the new driver does not have a proper digital signature (should not be if it is really from Linksys),
    or is older version than the current driver, or is just not suitable for this model.
    Please ask Linksys support for exact link to the update file and exact, step by step procedure.

    Pavel A., Sep 4, 2004
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  3. R Parker

    R Parker Guest

    Thanks - I've emailed Linksys and I will await their reply.

    However, I am attempting to use a genuine Linksys driver from the
    original CD that I received with the adapter (and which worked on my
    previous PC).

    Do you know anything about the file that Windows has chosen as the
    driver ("vnetsubl.sys"). I didn't get any hits for this on Google or

    Regards, Roger
    R Parker, Sep 5, 2004
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    Lance Guest

    I vaguely remember running into a similar problem long ago. There is a
    way to force Windows to install any driver you wish.

    IIRC, with the device installed, as you step through the Update Driver
    Wizard, uncheck anything that allows Windows to look for a driver and
    check things that say I'll do it myself and I'll tell Windows where to look.


    R Parker thought carefully and wrote on 9/4/2004 6:42 AM:
    Lance, Sep 5, 2004
  5. R Parker

    Pavel A. Guest

    Correct :)

    Pavel A., Sep 5, 2004
  6. R Parker

    R Parker Guest

    Lance - Thanks very much. Based on your advice I've managed to force
    Windows to use the driver of my choice. Still a few other problems to
    sort out but this is a very big step forward.

    Regards, Roger
    R Parker, Sep 6, 2004
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