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Windows 7: Issues with N2230 wireless card

18 Sep 2015   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Issues with N2230 wireless card

Hi all,

I am trying to install an Intel Centrino Wireless card N2230 in a mini PC with an Asrock Intel N3150-ITX mainboard, running Windows 7 Professional, 64bit. It's not working, though. Out of the box, the system configuration shows me a Bluetooth device (which is obviously the N2230 card), but no Wifi card.

I downloaded the very latest drivers for Win7-64bit from the Intel website, but that just makes things worse. Upon reboot, the windows logo moves just reeeeeeaaaaaallllllyyyyyy slow (hardly at all, in fact) and never completes. System restoration will ultimately crash (I see the screen where I can confirm returning to the last configuration, but hitting ENTER does nothing). When I remove the card, the computer will boot normally, and when I reinsert the card, I'm back to the initial status (Bluetooth device, but no Wifi card detected - booting without issues).

Does anyone have a clue what this is supposed to tell me? Computer seems to be fine with a different Wifi card, so I see two options:

1. Card and mainboard models are not compatible. If so, how could I have found out, and - more importantly - where can I find reliable information to make sure my next pick is actually compatible?

2. Card is defective. Means it will work if I have it replaced with a different N2230.

Any ideas? Many thanks in advance!

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18 Sep 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Other than asking for an Admin to move this to Drivers section all I can think of is:
Download and make a bootable Linux Mint MATE DVD/USB, boot with it (no installation needed) and see if wireless is working.

Did you check BIOS for any applicable settings?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Sep 2015   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Read these
Intel® Wi-Fi Products — Intel Wireless Drivers, Software, and Installation
Computer Manufacturer Support
Intel® Wi-Fi Products — Current Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

From what I read just quickly scanning the installation guide, you should use your computer manufacturers drivers for this card.
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