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Reinstalled Windows, now can't find wireless card - help!

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#1 Carpediemm


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Posted 19 February 2009 - 08:41 AM

Due to a massive deluge of virus/trojans I had to reinstall windows on my daughters computer.

I had gone to the Dell site and pulled all the drivers for that computer (Dell inspiron E1505) and all the wireless cards, and ran each one, but I still cannot get the wireless card to show up.

When I am in the systems>device manager I can find no listing of it either. Can anyone give me specifics of why the wireless driver is not showing up in the device manager and how I might go about reinstalling its drivers. I am at a loss. I had also loaded the recommended bios drivers, but ....nothing.


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#2 Noah Antrim Lottick

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 04:31 PM

Did you reinstall Windows from a rescue disk or a rescue partition, or did you use a store-bought copy of Windows?

Usually you can turn your laptop's wireless chipset on and off with a special key combination, look for a blue "Fn" key in the lower left (looking at a client's Dell Inspiron 5150 I have right now). (It has to be turned on in the BIOS of course.)

Sometimes it helps to install software BEFORE the hardware (ATI's video-capture cards in Win98, and various wireless cards in various Windows versions). The wireless module is easily removed on many laptops (phillips head screws to remove a cover) but you should NOT attempt this unless you are comfortable doing so.

Do you have access to a DVD of Knoppix? It takes a while to detect all your hardware, but it starts a full linux system (in RAM, it goes away when you turn the machine off, doesn't disturb any hard disk files). I don't remember where the hardware detection stuff is in Knoppix, but it may prove that it is detected, which would rule out hardware problems.

Hope this helps.

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