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Windows 7: No Win7 64bit Drivers for 3 different Wifi PCI Cards?

08 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 64bit RTM
 
 
No Win7 64bit Drivers for 3 different Wifi PCI Cards?

I have been scouring the interwebs since successfully installing Windows 7 64bit RTM last night when my XP box got the "ntfs.sys corrupt or missing" and I could not for the life of me restore it. Screw XP, it was time to install Windows 7 anyhow right. Every piece of hardware was detected and installed except for my wireless card.

I have a AirNet AWD154, Linkskey LKW-G553, and Airlink 101 AWLH3026T.
Luckily I had 3 total so I was sure one was bound to work, but no, not even after downloading the newest drivers from the manufacturers website. Since at least 2 of the 3 use Marvell Libertas chipsets I figured getting that latest (3.1.1.7) generic driver would work.

In all cases I either get a "no compatible driver found at this location" or "installed but cannot start".

Any direction would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all

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08 Oct 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blufr0g View Post
I have been scouring the interwebs since successfully installing Windows 7 64bit RTM last night when my XP box got the "ntfs.sys corrupt or missing" and I could not for the life of me restore it. Screw XP, it was time to install Windows 7 anyhow right. Every piece of hardware was detected and installed except for my wireless card.

I have a AirNet AWD154, Linkskey LKW-G553, and Airlink 101 AWLH3026T.
Luckily I had 3 total so I was sure one was bound to work, but no, not even after downloading the newest drivers from the manufacturers website. Since at least 2 of the 3 use Marvell Libertas chipsets I figured getting that latest (3.1.1.7) generic driver would work.

In all cases I either get a "no compatible driver found at this location" or "installed but cannot start".

Any direction would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all
BF

I suspect that the drivers are vista 64bit and need to be installed in compatibility mode.

the driver for the linkskey is here Linkskey the version needs the serial number to pick the right one.

hope this helps

Ken
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08 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 64bit RTM
 
 

Awesome!

Seeing as the drivers are usually a .inf and .sys file would I simply apply Vista 64bit compatibility to those individual files? or does the driver package have to me an exe/msi for compatibility mode to work?

I will give this a shot when I get off work and post back my results.

Thanks again! =)
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08 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 64bit RTM
 
 

I just found this utility called DSEO that allows you to trick Windows 7 into installing unsigned drivers.

Driver Signature Enforcement Overrider 1.3b - NGOHQ.com

Maybe this will do the trick. I'll let you all know as soon as I try it out.
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09 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 64bit RTM
 
 

Turns out the Linkskey driver is the standard Marvell Libertas MRV-8335 driver. The same chipset is found on my 2 other wireless cards as well. There are two MRV-8335 drivers out there. One has both 32bit and 64bit drivers. The other is actually meant for Vista and also comes with both 32bit and 64bit drivers. None would work with any of the cards until I ran the program mentioned above DSEO and used it to set Windows 7 into Test-Mode as well as give the drivers fake signatures so Windows 7 wouldn't say that was the problem. I'm still getting a "Cannot start this device" error but for some reason when I plugged in 2 wireless cards at once and then installed the Vista 64bit driver on one and the other (non-Vista?) 64bit driver on the other. Magically the second one began working. Perfectly!
So like a happy idiot I shutdown my computer, pulled out the first card, rebooted and then nothing again. Cannot start this device. All efforts to reenact the same comedy of error that allowed it to function have been unsuccessful. sigh.
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