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D-Link DWL-G520M Wireless 108G MIMO Desktop Adaptor – Support Forum

DWL_G520M Install problems [D-Link DWL-G520M Wireless 108G MIMO Desktop Adaptor - 130325]

Hi anyone having trouble making their G520M get up and go? I bought it exchange for my previous NetGear WG311T, which had (has) seriously unworkable problems. I was hoping a D-Link would finally give me internet access but it's not to be; as soon as I try downloading anything, it freezes the PC up, and I mean everything in much the same way that the WG311T did. Do they share the Atheros chipset? Any suggestions welcome Colin
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Freezing up usually indicates other system problems like motherboard or RAM defects. Have you tried testing the RAM on your machine? Download and use memtest86 from Its unlikely that the problem is related to the G520M card itself especially since you experienced the same symptoms with the netgear card.
Wow a while since I posted this It's given me a while to work the problem out, the fact that I experienced the same issues as I did with the NetGear card is the key; both D-Link and NetGear use the Atheros chipset, now I don't intend to bore you with the problems that v1 and v2 NetGear cards are giving users, suffice it to say if you log on to a NetGear forum you will see the problems this chipset is causing, along with NetGear themselves doing a very good job of staying silent about the whole thing. If I recall, you'd be OK with an Intel-based system whereas it would be touch and go with an AMD-based system, depending on the config ie some blamed the VIA mobo chipset, some thought it was some versions of the ATi VGA - there were other reasons too. I grew as fed up as most of them and bought a US Robotics .11g card and my problems simply vanished; both US Robotics and Link-Sys use US Robotics' own in-house chipset, the Broadcom chipset and it'll work no matter what your config, both Intel- and AMD-based systems. I only wish in hindsight that I'd bought the entire LAN of US Robotics kit.