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Windows 7: SOS! Windows could not detect a properly installed network adapter

29 Jul 2013   #21
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As TVeblem said, there is nothing you can do in windows to resusitate dead hardware. A wipe is pointless but free. I seriously doubt it would work but if you have nothing to loose but wasted hours the go for it.


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29 Jul 2013   #22
alexander606

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sub Styler View Post
As TVeblem said, there is nothing you can do in windows to resusitate dead hardware. A wipe is pointless but free. I seriously doubt it would work but if you have nothing to loose but wasted hours the go for it.
Yeah I know that, but since we are not sure if this problem comes from hardware we have nothing to loose except time. I have already lost 1 day, so 30 minutes more is not an issue.
It's possible to change nothing, but what else can I do? Buy an adapter? I should do it after every other free solution I guess.

Thanks
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29 Jul 2013   #23
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Does anyone know if updating the BIOS could fix an onboard LAN chip not working?
I've never heard of it...just wondering if anyone knows (or thinks) this might "revive" the onboard LAN.
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29 Jul 2013   #24
alexander606

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm not sure if this will help, but let's try it.
Do you have any guide on how to update my BIOS?
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29 Jul 2013   #25
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Did you look in your motherboard manual for BIOS update instructions?

Just to be sure you know, if a BIOS update fails, it could brick the motherboard so it will be unusable!
I normally don't recommend updating the BIOS unless it has a fix for a problem the person is having.
In this case I don't know if updating might fix your issue, I was just asking...
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29 Jul 2013   #26
alexander606

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Format didn't work. We knew that, but it was just a test. So since we have tried everything, I will buy a network adaptor tomorrow and see what happens later...
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29 Jul 2013   #27
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Flashing the BIOS is an unlikely fix unless somehow the network adapter fault corrupted the code in the BIOS. To update it you would go to the manufacturers website, download the EXACT update for your motherboard (be sure you have the correct revision of that board too) and the flash utility. I would do it from windows as it's the standard way these days. People talk of putting the flash util and update on a boot disk and doing it from boot, this is a little more complicated but a little less risky.
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29 Jul 2013   #28
alexander606

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sub Styler View Post
Flashing the BIOS is an unlikely fix unless somehow the network adapter fault corrupted the code in the BIOS. To update it you would go to the manufacturers website, download the EXACT update for your motherboard (be sure you have the correct revision of that board too) and the flash utility. I would do it from windows as it's the standard way these days. People talk of putting the flash util and update on a boot disk and doing it from boot, this is a little more complicated but a little less risky.
Do you think I should try this?
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29 Jul 2013   #29
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hows your power? As long as the power doesnt get cut off and the process goes un-interrupted, it wont hurt, but again, I dont think it will work, but if we are clutching at straws before spending out then give it a try by all means.
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29 Jul 2013   #30
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

The Clear CMOS procedure does everything you could expect from a BIOS (update) flash. Like the HDD wipe, a waste of time IMHO.
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