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Windows 7: Can't find network adaptor after hd replacement

29 Jul 2012   #11

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Before I can give any advice, you need to fill out your system specs and here is how:

Update your SevenForums System Specs
User CP (located on the top menu bar) |
Your Profile | Edit System Spec
(left-hand column)

To gather info, use Speccy (my favorite) or SIW or System Info

In the System Manufacturer Block, enter:
Manufacturer and Model and
ADD the word laptop, desktop, netbook or tablet.
For example:
Toshiba Satellite L305D notebook.

Provide full windows version info, for example:
MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Use the “Other Info” block for Optical Reader,
Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor, etc

Scroll down and click on SAVE CHANGES.

You will find that in Speccy, you can select info from the display
using your mouse/touchpad and then paste that info into your specs.

SIW is a marvelous program, but the free version does not offer
this capability.

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29 Jul 2012   #12

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit

You said that "There is an Ethernet Controller listed in Other Devices. It is not working as it can't find the driver. I searched the Internet and I can't find a driver download for it anywhere." This means that you have the hardware for a LAN connection but without the drivers being installed.

It is not very difficult to download the Ethernet Driver and install it from the site that I had suggested earlier. If you do that you shall get connected to the Net. You can also download the driver in the way that kegobeer has suggested.

Good luck to you.
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30 Jul 2012   #13

windows 7 home premium. 32 bit sp-1

Again, thanks for your continuing help.

I downloaded Speccy and updated my profile.

I've tried downloading the Broadcom network driver listed on the Dell page for the Inspiron 580, a couple times. However, when I go to install it always fails with a "not supported by processor message."

I'm open to any suggestions. However, I'll also say that the thrill of the fix is starting to fade here. If I just go buy a USB wireless network adapter is it likely to work, or will I just run into a new set of driver issues with it?

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30 Jul 2012   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

The Inspiron 580 doesn't have Windows 7 32 bit drivers available - that's why you are getting an error, because you downloaded a 64 bit driver. Why did you switch to a 32 bit version?
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30 Jul 2012   #15

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Read that write-up again about what info goes where.
You are coming close, but for one thing, I'm rather sure that you don't have 1 tb memory.

Get those specs cleaned up, be sure tell us info about the mouse, keyboard. This time, those two won't make a difference, but the future may hold other questions.

After the spec update, then let me know so that I can answer the other question.
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