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Windows 7: Windows completely locks up - randomly. Wireless driver issues.


02 Oct 2013   #1

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Windows completely locks up - randomly. Wireless driver issues.

Hey guys,

So my computer is a dual boot - Ubuntu and Windows 7. I rarely ever use the Windows partition, and the only reason that I am using it now is because I have to use engineering software designed just for Windows.

So apparently, Windows has no clue what kind of wireless card I have. A couple of years ago when I installed Windows, it was convinced that I had a D-Link card. After having my entire computer randomly lock up [no mouse movement - everything frozen], I removed the D-Link driver and installed an Atheros driver instead.

All the lockups went away and everything was fine.

Fast-forward a year or two. I am updating my drivers using device manager because most of my drivers are 5 years old or more. I forget about this wireless card fiasco and let Windows search for new drivers.

So what happens? Windows finds "New" drivers for my card - from 2007. For a D-Link wireless card. I wasn't paying attention, and I let the wizard continue.

The lockups are back.

How do I fix this problem without having to rip open my computer to physically read the model number off of my wireless card? It's a giant pain in the *** to get the thing apart, and I'd rather not do it. Thanks for any help in advance.

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