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Windows 7: No Driver in Windows 7 (Or Vista!)

02 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
No Driver in Windows 7 (Or Vista!)

Baah! I hate to admit it, but one of my recent purchases of hardware I can only get a driver for XP! It's a D-Link DWL-AB520 Wireless Adapter.
I don't suppose anyone knows of a way round this, or where I can get a driver? I've tried the D-Link Site and others, but no joy. I think I'm out of luck!



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02 May 2009   #2

 
 

Silly question but i'm gonna ask anyway Have you tried Windows Update? You can plug it in and it should check Automatically, if not you can right-click the device in Device Manager & Update Driver Software.

Hope this helps
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02 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

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Sorry, this product has been discontinued and is no longer supported by D-Link tech support. However, as a courtesy to our customers we will continue to provide the resources that are available on this page.
D-Link Systems, Inc. has issued an End of Life (EOL) Notice for this product.
Technical and Warranty support for this product shall continue, with proof of purchase, until December 01, 2007.
that doesnt help..
i thought this was pre-installed according to what i heard in vista....
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02 May 2009   #4

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ukgovsucks View Post
Baah! I hate to admit it, but one of my recent purchases of hardware I can only get a driver for XP! It's a D-Link DWL-AB520 Wireless Adapter.
I don't suppose anyone knows of a way round this, or where I can get a driver? I've tried the D-Link Site and others, but no joy. I think I'm out of luck!
Afraid you really are out of luck -- since even in a VM the network adapter still has to work on the host machine.

You could do a test to see if XP compatability mode works -- set the network adapter to the "Real" network adapter even if the "Real" driver doesn't work.

I don't hold out any hope for this but you could just try it as an exercise. If the Host machine doesn't even recognize the hardware in the first place then you've got a problem.

I don't think USB wireless adapters are very expensive so I think you'll just have to toss that one.

Cheers
jimbo
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02 May 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ah well. It doesn't really matter I suppose. I have actually got XP installed on a spare drive caddy with this card installed. But it would be nice if I can make use of it in Windows 7 or Vista.

I purchased this old adapter as I wanted to tinker around with WEP hacking. Don't worry, nothing illegal! Just like everything else, I like to mess about with things techie!
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02 May 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ukgovsucks View Post
Ah well. It doesn't really matter I suppose. I have actually got XP installed on a spare drive caddy with this card installed. But it would be nice if I can make use of it in Windows 7 or Vista.

I purchased this old adapter as I wanted to tinker around with WEP hacking. Don't worry, nothing illegal! Just like everything else, I like to mess about with things techie!
hey you should have just went with either anything atheros....
or like what i had...
http://www.tuto-fr.com/en/tutorial/m...fa-network.php
you can even go for its big brother
http://www.tuto-fr.com/en/tutorial/m...fa-network.php
i loved this little adapter as i can be connected to the net and do "wep research" at the same time...
really hopeless when you see 80% of all the ap's are using wep protection and only about 15% have WPA-Tkip and i believe only two ap (other than mine) are using WPA-2
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03 May 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkassain View Post
hey you should have just went with either anything atheros....
or like what i had...
Alfa network AWUS036s usb wifi ralink
you can even go for its big brother
Alfa network AWUS036H usb rtl8187
i loved this little adapter as i can be connected to the net and do "wep research" at the same time...
really hopeless when you see 80% of all the ap's are using wep protection and only about 15% have WPA-Tkip and i believe only two ap (other than mine) are using WPA-2
WOW! Many thanks for those links mate. VERY much appreciated. I think looking at it I may 'invest' in that big brother one. lol. Looks like it has a terrific range too, which is superb.

Looks like I'm going to have to take a crash course in using Ubuntu though, as I've always been a bit of a Windows fan. (sorry ). I have got the latest release of Ubuntu, but using it is something else! lol. Back to school time I think.

Well chuffed with the info mate. Nice one.
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03 May 2009   #8

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi all
if you have a new(ish) router ALWAYS use the latest encryption wpa2-psk.
WEP is too easily broken into.

Cheers

jimbo


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03 May 2009   #9

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi all
if you have a new(ish) router ALWAYS use the latest encryption wpa2-psk.
WEP is too easily broken into.

Cheers

jimbo
The only bad thing about having wpa2 jim is on home networks. Things like the Wii and PsP dont use wpa2, yet atleast. So i get the gripe if/when i have wpa2 enabled. I'd rather have it myself, but would have to trade a headache for it, here anyways, lol.
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03 May 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkassain View Post
hey you should have just went with either anything atheros....
or like what i had...
Alfa network AWUS036s usb wifi ralink
you can even go for its big brother
Alfa network AWUS036H usb rtl8187
i loved this little adapter as i can be connected to the net and do "wep research" at the same time...
really hopeless when you see 80% of all the ap's are using wep protection and only about 15% have WPA-Tkip and i believe only two ap (other than mine) are using WPA-2

Done it mate. Ordered the 'big brother' one.
Now to get learning how to use Linux. gulp!

It's all fascinating stuff mind. I love it!
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