I joined this fine forum to post questions and learn about Ubuntu/Linux. However, I find that I now need some critical help with a Windows 7 issue.
I am running Win7 Home Premium 64 bit on a Dell desktop (purchased used more than a year ago). It had become slow and unstable, so I decided to go with a clean and fresh load. My tower did not come with any sort of discs, but it does have the product key, so I picked up an install DVD from the computer shop where I bought the tower.
Today I did the install and now in "device manager" it shows that the ethernet controller and network controller are not operating (yellow exclamation points beside them). I need this machine to be hardwired into my router/network as the speed is so much better than wifi, so I installed a usb wireless adapter that allowed me to connect to my home wifi network, in order to try to update drivers for these devices.
Here's my issue. Even with internet access, when I try to update the drivers, Windows cannot find driver software for my devices.
These devices worked just fine before the fresh load of Windows 7.
Any help is appreciated and if I need to provide additional details, please let me know what and how.