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Windows 7: Intel 5100agn WiFi Card – hardware failure, driver ok

21 May 2010   #1
Char10

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Intel 5100agn WiFi Card – hardware failure, driver ok

Additional setup info:
Dual HDDs (Win7 Pro & XP Pro)
XP Pro – LAN & WiFi work fine (orig. configuration from Dell)
Win7 – neither LAN nor WiFi work (Win7 added after purchase)
I was working on setting up an outdoor WiFi antenna a couple of days ago when my problems started. I was working in Win7, which I had not been using that often. My LAN connection was not working, and I realized the driver had not been installed. I downloaded it from Dell’s website and installed it. I received an error message about SNMP service not being installed. I turned the service from disabled to auto. I do not know if my LAN adapter is now working. That is my first problem. My second problem happened when even though my WiFi card had been working fine, I decided to see if its driver had been updated. It was not. I believe a Microsoft driver was installed. It was working just fine though (smile), so I had to mess with it. I downloaded the driver from Del’’s website and installed it. That is when my problems started. The WiFi card has not worked since. First I realized I installed the wrong driver. I uninstalled it and installed the correct one. I even restored the system to before I messed with any drivers. No luck. My WiFi card still does not work. The iNtel utility states it fails the hardware test and passes the driver test. Windows 7 states it cannot find any wireless networks (if I switch to XP Pro everything works). I am at a loss and very frustrated. Can anyone help me please?

On the WiFi card, Win7& thinks there might be a problem with the driver (I have tried re-downloading & re-installing it, which did not resolve the problem). In7 also states “Windows couldn't automatically bind the IP protocol stack to the network adapter.” Everything looks fine in the device manager.


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