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Windows 7: Network Controller Driver–not Adapter Driver

14 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Network Controller Driver–not Adapter Driver

A few days ago I did a clean install of Windows 7. Now I have a problem. The computer is a wireless 'client'. It has a Realtek RTL8168D/8111D PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20).

When I bring up Device Manager and expand 'Network adapters' I see "Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller".

When I expand 'Other devices' I see "! Network Controller" (Note the exclamation point.) Double click on that and I see "The driver for this device is not installed. (Code 28). When I click on Update driver I get a message Can't find a driver. I have tried many times with different source folders and files and nowhere is a driver found.

I have gone to MSIs driver web page and downloaded the Realtek PCI-E Ethernet Driver for Windows 7 32/64 bit "", extracted the files and still no joy. (M/B is MSI G41M with Intel E7400)

There is a wireless icon in the tray. I click 'Open network and sharing center". No matter what I choose Win7 ends up telling me to plug in an Ethernet cable. No, this is a client not the server. I have verified that the NIC can connect to the computer with the Ethernet cable by using the old XP hard disk.

Any suggestions?

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14 Nov 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86

Disable the onboard lan in the bios if you aren't using a wire to ever connect.
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15 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

It turns out that Windows 7 or MSI tricked me.

After setup, Device Manager showed the Network adapter as being a Realtek PCI-e controller. This was not correct.

I decided to solve this problem by rounding up every related disk. Turns out I had a Rosewill disk. I put it in the DVD drive and ran Setup. It informed me that I in fact have a Ralink RT61 Turbo Wireless LAN card, not Realtek. When it completed setup, I was informed of several access points available to me, including my Home LAN.

Problem solved.

Now if I could just find out how to increase the width of my scollbars. (in XP, Control Panel, Display, Appearance tab, Advanced.).
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