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Windows 7: Wireless Adapter Disabled

22 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Wireless Adapter Disabled

So I'm trying to get this USB wireless adapter I have to work, it's a Rosewill RNX-N1. But I can't seem to enable it in the Network Connections folder. It is always marked as disabled. I can right click it and try to enable it, and it will say it is enabled, but it won't really do anything. It will still stay disabled.

If I click diagnose it tells me there may be problems with the drivers of it, but it doesn't tell me what those problems are. I've installed the drivers both using the auto install in Windows and by getting the drivers from the people who made the adapters website.

So does anybody know how I can get this thing to work?

Also I'm not sure if this is related, but a "Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter" has appeared out of nowhere in my Network Connections folder when I was trying to get this to work. It's disabled too.

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22 Jan 2010   #2
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Is it enabled in Device Manager?
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23 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Yes I believe so. In the device manager it gives me the option to disable but not to enable.
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23 Jan 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Most likely the USB device isn't compatible with Windows 7.
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23 Jan 2010   #5

 

Go into device manager and delete the wireless card. Then reboot. Dont let windows install the drivers, manually right-click on the installer from the card manufacturer and click "properties". Go to the compatibility tab and select "vista sp1", check the box to "run as administrator", then click "ok". Run the installer, and let us know what it does.
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23 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Most likely the USB device isn't compatible with Windows 7.
Nope, it should be. This problem has been so hard to resolve because it seems like I'm the only one having it, most things I can find about the wireless adapter and Windows 7 is how easy it works with it.

I contacted Rosewill about it and they said this "Actually, RNX-N1 can support for Windows 7 without any driver help."


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ccatlett1984 View Post
Go into device manager and delete the wireless card. Then reboot. Dont let windows install the drivers, manually right-click on the installer from the card manufacturer and click "properties". Go to the compatibility tab and select "vista sp1", check the box to "run as administrator", then click "ok". Run the installer, and let us know what it does.
I tried that but once I put the adapter in Windows automatically starts installing the drivers and I can't stop it.
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23 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Alright so I also just found out that if I uninstall the drivers using the program from Rosewill, it will still power on when plugged in. It will still have two drivers. Maybe it has something to do with the Windows drivers and Rosewill drivers interfering with each other? If I install the drivers manually and let Windows install automatically there is a total of 4 different drivers.

I'm gonna try uninstalling it from both, restarting, and letting Windows automatically install the drivers and see what happens. EDIT: Tried it, still doesn't work.
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23 Jan 2010   #8

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Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Just uninstall the rosewill drivers then unplug the device. Restart and plug device back in and see if Windows installs the correct ones. Usually the Windows driver will work.
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23 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Just uninstall the rosewill drivers then unplug the device. Restart and plug device back in and see if Windows installs the correct ones. Usually the Windows driver will work.
Just tried that. No luck.
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23 Jan 2010   #10

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Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

The link for drivers show no Windows 7 support. But the auto install Win 7 drivers should be working.
Rosewill.com - Networking, Networking, Wireless Networking, Wireless Adapter, RNX-N1

Others have had problems with that adaptor and Windows 7 so your not alone.
Rosewill RNX-N1 driver issues?

The reviews at Newegg shows that it works for some and not for others with Windows 7. They say the Win 7 drivers worked the first time they tried. Could be a router problem.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ords%29&Page=2
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