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Windows 7: Driver Problem with Network Adapter every time computer boots up

04 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Driver Problem with Network Adapter every time computer boots up

I have a Netgear WNA1100 Wireless-N 150 USB Adapter that seems to be connected to my secured network with limited access, meaning the internet won't work whenever the computer is booted up. It mainly shows the clear bars and the gold star. Whenever I'd try using the Windows 7 Network Troubleshooter by right clicking the connection, it says that there is a problem with the driver and to try to do the repairs as an administrator. Whenever that happens, it asks if an ethernet cable is plugged in. I just tell it to skip that because that is for wired connections. It wouldn't do anything to repair it. The only way to fix this and to get it to connect is to restart the computer. This happens every time the computer boots up. If this is important, I had to do a start-up repair on April 29th since my computer didn't boot up correctly. It couldn't go through the whole repair process, but I rebooted the computer and it starts up fine. How can I repair this driver problem on bootup? Thanks.

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04 May 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BooperGrandson View Post
Whenever that happens, it asks if an ethernet cable is plugged in. I just tell it to skip that because that is for wired connections. Thanks.
Welcome to Seven Forums BooperGrandson.

1.Try going to this step again WITH a wired connection, let the trouble shooter do its job. See what you have on next reboot on the wireless connection.

2. If that fails go to the Netgear WNA1100 Wireless-N 150 site to check on a driver/firmware update and install if so.

3. In Device Manager, select the adapter, uninstall the driver and reboot and let Windows find/install it.

4. If you have restore points, restore the computer to a time when the adapter functioned properly.

Hope this helps.

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05 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1

Don't have the wireless adapter plugged in, when installing either, run the setup for it, then only plug it in, when told to, just double checking that didn't mess you up.
Did you configure it with your Router's security info?
Password type/password... (probably even more complicated then that, but varies greatly)
Without properly configuring that piece, it will NEVER work .
If that was all done and you've done what Gary suggested, I'd get another adapter, that one might have gone bad.
You got it connected, just not communicating fully, I hope above helped.
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