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Windows 7: buying laptop PCIe mini dual band adapter

16 Sep 2012   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Thank you Kerry. I did miss that somehow.

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17 Sep 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium

Well, the USB adaptor I just purchased today appears to kind of work. Unlike before, it prompts for credentials when connecting to the network. Hopefully this is just an issue with the old driver, but it doesn't connect. I will try again tomorrow, now that I have installed the new driver on there.
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17 Sep 2012   #13

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

When installing an add on network adapter it is usually necessary to disable the built in wireless adapter.

Go to Control Panel > Device Manager > Find the internal adapter > right click > and choose Disable.

That should work, but in some cases it will be necessary to uninstall the old driver from the system.
To do this you uninstall the built in adapter from Device Manager (which will remove the driver also). Then restart the laptop and immediately go into the BIOS settings and disable the wireless adapter there (before Windows loads).

Unfortunately, some laptops do not allow you to disable the wireless adapter in BIOS settings. In this case if you can't solve the conflict by disabling the adapter, then it may be necessary to remove it (only after removing it from Device Manager first).
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18 Sep 2012   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium

Got it working at school today
Just tried connecting with the new drivers, and it worked fine.

TVemblem, I have found that it isn't usually nessecary, but I will admit that it does make it less confusing when connecting to a network. However, in my case, I'm leaving it on, because the only place which operates on 5GHz is school, so I can connect to everywhere else with the internal wireless adapter.
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18 Sep 2012   #15

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Glad to hear it. Yes it is always better when drivers play well together.
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