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Multiple devices in Device Manager


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#1 gailee

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 08:47 AM

I have 31 instances of my wireless adapter (Linksys WMP300N) in device manager. If I uninstall them all, on next reboot they are all installed again! I deleted two and disabled the rest. Upon reboot, the 2 I uninstalled were installed again. Sometimes it's installed as a network controller or a wireless adapter. In my network connections window, they are shown as local area connections (disabled). When I show hidden devices in dev mgr, all the disabled ones also have 2 more entries - wireless adapter #13 avast! Firewall NDIS Filter Miniport and wireless adapter #13 Packet Scheduler Miniport. Each disabled entry has these two entries.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 11:37 AM

If the device is physically attached, then it will still be detected.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:16 PM

Of course, but why does it install 31 times?

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 06:14 PM

. If I uninstall them all, on next reboot they are all installed again!

What if you just leave one uninstalled? That is an unusual case of having that many drivers just for a single adapter. If its causing you trouble and not using it, just remove it from the slot.

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#5 gailee

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 04:49 PM

It's my wireless adapter and I have fixed the problem. Just can't figure out why it wanted to install over 30 times at reboot.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 05:07 PM

I would back up and regroup on this one.

Uninstall all of them and disconnect the device.
Do not reboot.
Uninstall all instances of the device in add/remove programs
Reboot
Rerun the installation cd.

See if that takes care of it.
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 05:20 PM

The problem has been fixed, see previous post




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