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Windows 7: A Crisis Involving 'Unsigned' Drivers

23 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
A Crisis Involving 'Unsigned' Drivers

I am in a somewhat desperate situation at the moment involving my main PC. After a recent Windows 7 update my internet connection completely ceased to work. When I tried to update my Wireless adapter's drivers (Netgear WNA1100) the following error message came up:

Windows requires a digitally signed driver:

A recently installed program tried to install an unsigned driver. This version of Windows requires all drivers to have a valid digital signature. the driver is unavailable and the program that uses this driver might not work correctly.

Uninstall the program or device that uses this driver and check the publisher''s support website to get a digitally signed driver.

Driver: Atheros Security NDIS 6.0 Filter Driver
Service: JumpStart Wireless Filter Driver
Publisher: Atheros Communications, Inc.
Location: C:\Windows\System...\jswpslwfx.sys

I attempted to find a temporary solution through using ICS to keep me connected through my laptop but my ethernet drivers have ceased to function properly (because of the Filter driver in question)

I also spent the better part of yesterday attempting to correspond with Netgear for a solution to no avail. Is there any way possible of resolving this without having to go through a full OS reinstall?

I've also tried to set Windows to allow unsigned drivers and yet the same result occurs. When connecting to the internet the procedure stops and for troubleshooting the problem in Windows a driver problem is cited as the issue.

I don't consider myself an expert in such matters so I wouldn't mind having suggestions dumbed down a bit. Also if it's needed. A full report of my system is linked below:
Report.txt - File Shared from Box.net - Free Online File Storage

I would really appreciate the help, this has put me under a fair bit of stress. >:


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23 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello Whitetomger, Welcome to the forum

Try the driver from here; WNA1100 Release Software - Version 1.1.4.32
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23 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pooch View Post
Hello Whitetomger, Welcome to the forum

Try the driver from here; WNA1100 Release Software - Version 1.1.4.32
Cheers for the welcome but I've already tried installing and uninstalling the latest version, the exact same error comes up. Even when I tried installing an older version of the driver as well. I tried using a different adapter but it wouldn't work either and ICS was affected too.
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23 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok then try this one; ATHEROS drivers for Microsoft Windows I cannot guarentee that it is completely safe.
You need to choose the 2.0.0.49 AR9271
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23 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pooch View Post
Ok then try this one; ATHEROS drivers for Microsoft Windows I cannot guarentee that it is completely safe.
You need to choose the 2.0.0.49 AR9271
I downloaded the relevant file, just wondering how I should unzip it and such. Sorry I'm not very technologically minded. ^^;
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23 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You can use 7-zip you will find a link here; FREE Great Programs for Windows 7
Unzip the file to a folder on your desktop, Then go to device manager double click on your device. Select the driver tab, then update driver, browse my computer for driver software, browse. now point it to the folder where you have unzipped the driver.
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23 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Whenever I try to update it, it keeps saying that it is already up to date with the best driver installed. x.x
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23 Jul 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

lol it doesn't even like the installed driver!!
I can only think of two options. You try this again in safe mode or you try uninstalling the old driver first and if you get the option to delete the old driver take it.
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23 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's confusing as hell but I'm unsure if that driver's having the effect, it's filter drivers I believe which are hindering me connecting to the internet via ethernet and through my adapter. Been thinking about it for two days and I really don't want to do a full OS reinstall. x.x
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23 Jul 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is the driver from Atheros which are the makers of the chip in your Netgear device and they are also digitally signed, as I understand it the filter drivers should be a part of this package. Once it is installed then everything should work
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