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Posting again via gprs so apoloies for brevity


Keep trying and Post details on any working cards to help those who cannot find the sandisk card.


Hi, I'm watching out for any news too - I just got a broken MDA compact 1 replaced with a 2 under insurance and now would like to try WLAN for the first time - to find the option seems to have been withdrawn! - Is it the case that the handset running a non t-mob rom can use any wifi sdio card? What chance the newer 802.11g cards will ever work on the new T-mob rom? Any views?

Cheers from newbie Kandada

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Hi there guys and girls

I have a T-mobile MDA compact II

I have bought a spectec SDIO wireless card, one of the 802.11b/g compatible ones.

I installed the drivers and turned off the phone and back on again. I inserted the card and got the wireless I thingy. But it doesnt find any networks, and when i manually enter the network details, it just comes up saying the network is unavailable. The little light on the card lights up, and it appears to search, but the information just doesnt seem to get to the device from the card.

Any solutions?

Adwatkin19

Edited by adwatkin19, 25 September 2006 - 09:34 AM.

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Any solutions?
Adwatkin19

Er, welcome to the forum - the solution is just to read this topic - its only 4 pages and will tell you all you need to know.

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Hi there guys and girls

I have a T-mobile MDA compact II

I have bought a spectec SDIO wireless card, one of the 802.11b/g compatible ones.

I installed the drivers and turned off the phone and back on again. I inserted the card and got the wireless I thingy. But it doesnt find any networks, and when i manually enter the network details, it just comes up saying the network is unavailable. The little light on the card lights up, and it appears to search, but the information just doesnt seem to get to the device from the card.

Any solutions?

Adwatkin19


Spectec issued a new driver on the 14th October. My Blue Angel running WM5 can now connect to 802.11g networks.

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Hi there,

cheers for that, i downloaded the latest drivers, and yet still no luck.

i keep hassling T-mobile and they just keep saying something along the lines of:

"We are working on an update that should be out soon, but we cant say when, and we are not at liberty to say what improvements will be made to it"

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HI.
bought am sdio wifi card and card me in MDAc II malfunctions(MDA Compact II A Spectec SDW 820 ).Will advise somebody?Thank you.

Edited by MP-Cyber, 30 November 2006 - 01:41 PM.

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The plot thickens...


I'm getting WiFi on the original ROM and I don't think I've installed anything other than the WiFi card drivers... but its very temperamental - seems to take ages to connect but then works fine.

Anyway, I shall wait and see if the new ROM improves things once they've fixed it.

(It's corrupted at the moment incase anyone's been having problems running the update. I phoned it in to tech support on Monday and they're trying to fix it - the guy said it could take a while, so might not be done till next Monday (11th Dec.).

For reference I'm using a 'Pluscom SDIO-54' card. £26 off eBay including P&P.

Edited by PHGN, 06 December 2006 - 12:20 PM.

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Can i just ask:

what is corrupt, the actual rom on the downloads website?

has anybody heard anything about when the next update will be?

Cheers all

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Got a call today, apparently they've replaced the rom updater and it should now work.
I haven't tested it yet.

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Right, the Pluscom card does work under the new ROM.

BUT - I'm finding it really random... card doesn't always power up and doesn't seem to like finding network. Once it does connect it's fairly reliable, until the device goes to standby, then I'm back to square one.

Is there a trick to getting a quick connection?

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I wonder if my experience helps...? (Using T-Mob MDA Compact II/WM5 updated ROM (v 2) and Pluscom 54mps g sdio)

I get the impression that the PDA 'learns' about the SDIO card such that it finds network much more regularly now. Previously the performance was as bad or worse than PHGNs experience above

Having gone thro resets soft & hard, driver reinstalls etc (- see my posts on Pluscom's own forums) the card would connect randomly & only v occasionally at first: *it* decided when to connect, not when I wanted it to. Virtually useless in fact

Then I noticed that, when it worked, it more often connected 1st thing of a morning after being off all night. I then got into habit of turning it OFF during a surfing session BEFORE it lost contact typicallyafter a pause, per PGHNs experience, so that the last thing the PDAs memory knew was the configuration of when it was actually working

Whether from this action or something else ancilliary, it now connects fairly reliably. After start up, whether during day or after a long break, it generally still needs to be kick started by simply going thro the 'Settings' routine (- not changing anything, on Work network etc.) The card will then emit  4 or 5 blue flashes, be recognised & then generally pick up the network and work perfectly. Sometimes a soft reset assists at this point if it doesnt flash. It then seems to stay live for much longer than before. When it works, its fast...

And incidentally, I restored my PDA to its PRE hard-reset condition (using Spb backup) and the improvement was at least if not more marked then. So I dont think the connection performance has anything to do w/hard resetting in  my case at least

I have read elsewhere that the MDA 'learns' over time on programs quite unconnected w/SDIO use. I presume theres something weird in the memory...

Also theres a v3 of the MDA Compact II ROM on the German T-Mob site. Does anyone know what this does compared to v2? I wonder if it helps this SDIO recognition?

Lesage (UK)

Right, the Pluscom card does work under the new ROM.

BUT - I'm finding it really random... card doesn't always power up and doesn't seem to like finding network. Once it does connect it's fairly reliable, until the device goes to standby, then I'm back to square one.

Is there a trick to getting a quick connection?


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