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Windows 7: DW 1525 Adapter Device Not Found - Dell Inspiron 570 desktop

25 Aug 2013   #1
boweasel

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
DW 1525 Adapter Device Not Found - Dell Inspiron 570 desktop

This W7 desktop has been working with an ethernet cable for years, but we just recently changed things around in our house and it's no longer in the room with the modem and router.

'No problem', I tell the wife, 'this is Windows 7, and on this OS even the desktops have built in wireless capability'.

So after not seeing the wireless icon in the notification area, and going to the Network and Sharing Center and seeing no wireless icon, I check Device Manager. No wireless driver. Still no problem - I go to the Dell Drivers and Downloads page and type in my service tag. I then download the only wireless driver they list (Atheros Wireless 1525 WLAN Mini Card Desktops, v.8.0.0.376, A02) onto a USB drive, plug the drive into the Dell and run the executable, expecting a quick and easy resolution.

Wrong. Almost immediately I'm greeted with the DW 1525 Adapter Device Not Found.

Gregrocker once told me that 'Google is your friend'. Well my friend has disappointed me - there's precious little information available on this error.

So I turn to the experts...


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25 Aug 2013   #2
redfang337

Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" x32
 
 

so, the first thing we ask, what is the model of your desktop?
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25 Aug 2013   #3
boweasel

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by redfang337 View Post
so, the first thing we ask, what is the model of your desktop?
Uhhh.. as I said in my thread title, it's a Dell Inspiron 570 desktop
Drivers & Downloads | Dell US
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25 Aug 2013   #4
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Are you sure you have a wifi adapter on that Dell?

Does it list one in the device manager?

According to this,

Dell Inspiron 570 AMD Dual Core Desktop | Dell

It is listed as optional.
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26 Aug 2013   #5
redfang337

Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" x32
 
 

well, i have one, and only one, driver program that i have ever needed, it's called slimdrivers. You'll have to connect your desktop to the internet first though, so you may need to drag your desktop over to the reach of the ethernet cord. Remember, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Many, including me, have learned that the hard way. so see if your wireless driver shows up and download it with slimdrivers. I wish you luck!
Link >> >> https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimdrivers.php
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26 Aug 2013   #6
redfang337

Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" x32
 
 

remember to go to slimdrivers options to stop it from booting up with your computer, or else, it just gets really annoying
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26 Aug 2013   #7
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by redfang337 View Post
well, i have one, and only one, driver program that i have ever needed, it's called slimdrivers. You'll have to connect your desktop to the internet first though, so you may need to drag your desktop over to the reach of the ethernet cord. Remember, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Many, including me, have learned that the hard way. so see if your wireless driver shows up and download it with slimdrivers. I wish you luck!
Link >> >> https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimdrivers.php
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by redfang337 View Post
remember to go to slimdrivers options to stop it from booting up with your computer, or else, it just gets really annoying
Why don't we wait and see if there is even a wifi card in there, these programs are not always correct with the drivers they recommend.
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26 Aug 2013   #8
boweasel

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Are you sure you have a wifi adapter on that Dell?

Does it list one in the device manager?

According to this,

Dell Inspiron 570 AMD Dual Core Desktop | Dell

It is listed as optional.
I said in my original post that there was no wifi adapter in device mgr. That's what I thought I was downloading. I never knew that wireless was an option on Windows 7 desktops. Especially a well-known brand like Dell. And I see nowhere in your link anything about wreless being an option.
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26 Aug 2013   #9
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boweasel View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Are you sure you have a wifi adapter on that Dell?

Does it list one in the device manager?

According to this,

Dell Inspiron 570 AMD Dual Core Desktop | Dell

It is listed as optional.
I said in my original post that there was no wifi adapter in device mgr. That's what I thought I was downloading. I never knew that wireless was an option on Windows 7 desktops. Especially a well-known brand like Dell. And I see nowhere in your link anything about wreless being an option.
It clearly says it under "Tech Specs",

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The driver you downloaded only works if it has a piece of hardware to interact with.


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26 Aug 2013   #10
boweasel

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Why don't we wait and see if there is even a wifi card in there, these programs are not always correct with the drivers they recommend.
So you're saying that if there is no wireless adapter listed in device manager I have to go out and buy one of those USB wireless adapters?
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