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Windows 7: What Drivers to install ?

10 Sep 2014   #31
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MicrosoftSlave View Post
OK guys I have run into a problem when downloading WUD I am on 32bit but there is no option
what do I do here
You've already installed so you don't need WUD Downloader which is only to update your installation media before reinstall following Update 7 installation media - Windows 7 Help Forums

Follow the steps in red in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 now:

You should already have your wireless or ethernet adapter in your backup to install if it is not provided during install. Plug in by wire to maximize this chance. Connect to your network.

Enable Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3).

Open WIndows Update to Check for Updates.

Choose all Important and Optional WIndows Updates except Bingware.

If Updates stall, check the Shutdown button in Start Menu to see if there is a ! which means there are Updates pending which must be resolved by a Restart before any more will install.

After each requested restart to install Updates, go back to Windows Update to check for Updates until there are no more offered. This may take several days.

Once all Updates are installed check in Device Manager for missing drivers, report back the exact name of any missing drivers showing a !. You can usually find them quickly by googling the Hardware Identification + WIndows 7 driver.


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10 Sep 2014   #32
medwards

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Same song, next verse, a little different problem.

I took advantage of a hard drive crash to make a clean install of Win 7 Home Premium 64bit on my Toshiba P755-5274 laptop. Used your tutorial. All went well. Had to install the LAN driver, and connected to the internet successfully. Several other driver installs went well.

Cannot get wireless to work. There's no wireless network adapter listed in Device Manager, Network adapters. Nothing that says "wireless." If there were, I think I know how to get its driver. Only thing listed is a Realtek something Family adapter that seems to be functioning normally. (I'm at work, computer is at home, sorry I can't be more specific).

There's also a generic "network controller" listed under Device Manager, Other devices, that I haven't been able to identify a driver for, but I don't know if that's related to the wireless problem.

Is there something I'm missing about wireless on this Toshiba? Thank you very much.

Mike E
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10 Sep 2014   #33
gregrocker

 

Mike that Network controller is your wireless. Trace its Hardware ID from link in my post just above to find its named driver on the Toshiba Support Downloads webpage, or by googling the first Hardware ID string listed.

Since you should have Ethernet you can Also follow driver steps in my last post to get wireless driver from Window Update.

Alternately you could just install any wireless LAN drivers on your model's Downloads page until you find the correct one. Both methods take about the same amount of time
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10 Sep 2014   #34
BadPointer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by medwards View Post
Same song, next verse, a little different problem.

I took advantage of a hard drive crash to make a clean install of Win 7 Home Premium 64bit on my Toshiba P755-5274 laptop. Used your tutorial. All went well. Had to install the LAN driver, and connected to the internet successfully. Several other driver installs went well.

Cannot get wireless to work. There's no wireless network adapter listed in Device Manager, Network adapters. Nothing that says "wireless." If there were, I think I know how to get its driver. Only thing listed is a Realtek something Family adapter that seems to be functioning normally. (I'm at work, computer is at home, sorry I can't be more specific).

There's also a generic "network controller" listed under Device Manager, Other devices, that I haven't been able to identify a driver for, but I don't know if that's related to the wireless problem.

Is there something I'm missing about wireless on this Toshiba? Thank you very much.

Mike E
Use Snappy Driver Installer to identify, download and install the required driver.
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10 Sep 2014   #35
medwards

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Mike that Network controller is your wireless. ...
Thanks, Greg. Will try tonight and report back.

Mike E
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11 Sep 2014   #36
medwards

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you, Greg, easily got the wireless working per your instructions. Learning how to use Hardware Identification was a real education. You and the rest of this board are great resources. Sure am glad I decided to attempt a clean install.

Still have an SM Bus Controller in Device Manager, Other devices without a driver. But I've read a lot of stuff here and will download the chipset software installation utility off the Toshiba support website tonight. Or the corresponding one off the Intel website. I hesitated last night because it seemed like overkill, mess with the whole chipset to get one driver, but it looks like that is the way to go.

One of these days I'll get done with "infrastructure" and start installing programs!
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11 Sep 2014   #37
gregrocker

 

It could be an element of the chipset however since its 2010 chipset if Windows 7 provided newer (check SATA and USB controller drivers) then I'd only browse into unzipped chipset to try to pick up the SMBus driver from its Updater in Dev Mgr.

It could also be the card reader so install that anyway unless its present in Dev Mgr.

Otherwise trace using HID then find that device maker's choices in list at Satellite P755-S5274 Support | Toshiba or google Device make/model + Win7 driver. If you post back the info we can help.
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11 Sep 2014   #38
BadPointer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

gregrocker, I don't get why you are insisting on doing it the hard way. Sure if you have only one PC, you can afford going on a scavenger hunt, but what if you're in charge of hundreds or thousands PCs and you can access to the Internet only from a few PCs which are isolated from the rest of PCs. Would you be running back and forth each time you need to install missing drivers and spending a lot of time trying to identify devices and picking compatible drivers?

So much for Windows 7 being a driver-complete OS, by the way.
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11 Sep 2014   #39
medwards

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks, Greg. I only understood part of that! I'll give you the info I know, and perhaps you can save me some time tonight. I appreciate it.

Using Hardware ID on the SM Bus Controller in Device Manager, Other devices, I got:
8086 Intel
1C22 Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller

I'm prepared to run the utility listed for Win 7 64bit on the Toshiba support webpage, but if there's a better way, I'm happy to hear it.

BadPointer: I'm not ignoring you. Thanks for your offer. But I'm learning stuff trying to do this "the hard way." Maybe most people just want to mash a button and have everything come out OK, but I'd like to know more about what's on my computer.

Many thanks to both of you and the other contributors on this board.

Mike E
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11 Sep 2014   #40
gregrocker

 

Good work, Mike. Install the chipset from Satellite P755-S5274 Support | Toshiba which I realize you were already on course to do anyway. I just wanted to give you further options in case.

Please ignore the troll. A million consumers have done a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 without a single complaint so we'll wait til a trend develops before considering hawking driver finders. We serve consumers here, not institutions, which would never use a driver finder anyway.
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