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Windows 7: Can't Detect Networks

26 Nov 2010   #1
gunnerman7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Can't Detect Networks

I know, you hear it all the time. But I'm pretty confident I've located all the right drivers from Intel ( I previously had Windows XP before this) but I have no way of detecting wireless networks. The only possible connection I have is a local area connection. I'm on a Dell Latitude 610. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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26 Nov 2010   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

hi gunnerman7, and welcome to sevenforums,

does your wifi device show up ok in device manager?

(start typing device into your start-menu searchbox and select device manager from the search results)
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26 Nov 2010   #3
gunnerman7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

My wifi device would be my driver correct? And no, it does not.
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26 Nov 2010   #4
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

a driver is something that lets windows know how to make the device work.

in that case, it looks like you haven't installed the driver correctly.

you should see something like this under 'network adapters'.

sometimes running windows update can help find drivers.


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26 Nov 2010   #5
gunnerman7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

under network adapters i have the broadcom one but the one that I need is the second one listed. In its spot is a blank file called: network controller.
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26 Nov 2010   #6
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

ok, it looks like we need to find the right driver for it.

have you tried windows update? that's the easiest place to start.

the dell website only seems to have xp and win2000 drivers for your machine...
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26 Nov 2010   #7
gunnerman7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Windows update won't work unless I'm connected to the internet though?
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26 Nov 2010   #8
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

you have no network cable to connect to your router?

(just to find drivers?)

what's your machine service tag? would make it easier to know exactly what we are looking for? should be on a sticker somewhere on the underside of your laptop.
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26 Nov 2010   #9
gunnerman7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

doing that now. I'll let you know.
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26 Nov 2010   #10
gunnerman7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

HXD7S71 is my service tag.
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