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Windows 7: Wireless Network not found

31 Mar 2012   #11
dubina

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

"If the pc with the Linksys adapter isn't showing the adapter in Device Manager than that means it isn't installed and driver compatibility is the issue there. Download the driver to usb using wired connection to the router or from another machine with internet connection and then proceed to the machine with the linksys adapter and install it."

aem,

Thanks, I will follow that advice and let you know what happens.

Here's what happened:

I downloaded the driver to a thumbdrive and unzipped it to the new Win 7 PC. It automatically loaded to a folder "Linksys Driver". Within Linksys Driver, I saw a setup icon. Clicking Setup gave me a Linksys Welcome screen. It invited me to "Click here to start" (installing the Wireless-G adapter, I assume). Then, I get a message: " The Driver has already been installed. If you want to replace this driver, you must uninstall the old one."

Meanwhile, I looked for the new network again, thinking my effort to download and install the linksys driver might somehow have done the trick. It did not. When I try to force a connection to the new network through WAN Miniport, I get an "error 651". ("The modem (or other connecting device) has reported an error."


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31 Mar 2012   #12
dubina

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I guess my next move is to pull out the PCI card and then put it back.

I will check back to tell you what happened.
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05 Apr 2012   #13
dubina

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

[QUOTE=chev65;1861827]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dubina View Post
See if Windows see's the adaptor in Device Manager, it may see it straight away and install a driver for it. If you see the adaptor in Device Manager you should be able to install the driver for it manually if Windows doesn't do it for you.
I removed, restarted, stopped and then replaced the adapter card. Restarted PC but had the same result as before.

re: does Windows see the adapter in device manager? Maybe. I'm not sure. Under "Network Adapters", I see Intel PRO/100 VE Network Connection, which is probably the card below the Linksys card.

Under "Other devices" I see a (problematic) Network Controller. In "General", , Device Status indicates "The drivers for this device are not installed (Code 28)"

I downloaded the best Linksys driver to a thumbdrive and put on the PC C Drive in a "Linksys" folder. The subdirectory is "Drivers". When I try to "Update Driver" in "General", Windows asks me to browse to the folder that contains the driver. I do that. When I click "Next", Windows tells me that "Windows could not find software for your device".

Meanwhile, the "Driver" folder under "Linksys" on the PC hard drive has a Setup file. When I click on it, I get the Linksys welcome screen with a "Click here to start" button. When I click there, I get the same old message: "The driver has already been installed. If you want to replace the driver, you must uninstall the old driver."

So on the one hand, "Windows cannot find software for your device"; on the other hand, I must uninstall the old driver. Furthermore, "The drivers for this device are not installed (Code 28)"

So I am confused. Any ideas at this point?

I should remind you of something that I posted earlier in this thread: that the adapter was installed and connecting to the network before I installed Windows 7.

Another question while I'm at it: I'm thinking of trying out Windows 8 beta. If I decide to do that, would the Win8 beta install (most likely) solve this connectivity problem automatically?
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06 Apr 2012   #14
dubina

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Let me bump this thread with another post....
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06 Apr 2012   #15
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

When you powered down did you remove the battery from the laptop so there is no power to it at all?

From what I have read that is one way to get windows to see the adaptor again.

Clearing the cmos might even be an option at this point.
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06 Apr 2012   #16
dubina

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi again, CHEV65,

The PC is not a laptop. Does that mean it has no battery? How might I clear the CMOS?

If Windows wants me to remove the "old" driver before I manually install the "new" driver (by doing "Setup" in the Driver folder, I mean), how might I do that?
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06 Apr 2012   #17
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dubina View Post
Hi again, CHEV65,

The PC is not a laptop. Does that mean it has no battery? How might I clear the CMOS?

If Windows wants me to remove the "old" driver before I manually install the "new" driver (by doing "Setup" in the Driver folder, I mean), how might I do that?
If it's a PC then unplug the power for a bit. This assumes that the PC still can't see the network adaptor.

If the PC can see the adaptor then you should be able to uninstall the driver or browse for a new one.

Clearing cmos works sometimes if the network adaptor refuses to work but that would be a last resort.
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06 Apr 2012   #18
dubina

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

CHEV65,

I unplugged the PC when I took out the PCI card and then put it back in. I also pushed the start button when the power was off. That had no effect that I could see.

I am not sure if the PC can see the adapter or not. It sees something under "Other Devices" (a "Network Controller" that seems to have a problem...indicated by a little yellow circle thingy with an exclamation mark in it.

General under Network Controller properties says, "The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)

Update Driver Software - Network Controller tells me "Windows could not find driver software for your device. It suggests that I go online to visit the device manufacturer's website and there check the support section.

I did that last week, downloaded the best new driver and ported it to the bummed PC on a thumb drive. From there, I tried to install the driver with Setup, but no dice: Windows told me I had to uninstall the old driver first. I don't know how to do that.

Very circular and confusing....
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