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Solved: Unable to install/use any wi-fi adaptors

Discussion in 'Networking' started by alikim, Apr 20, 2010.

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  1. alikim

    alikim Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have Asus A6M laptop with a built in WLAN card. Unfortunately, all drivers for the card were deleted. I downloaded WLAN drivers from Asus but I get an error "file not found" during installation. Also, this adapter can not be deleted from the device manager list because "it is necessary for the functioning of the system".*

    Out of desperation, I bought a USB wi-fi dongle and tried to install the drivers. Again, I received "file not found" error during installation.

    So, it seems that something is wrong with a windows component or file and I can not use any wi-fi device on my notebook.*I'm running XP Pro with SP3.

    Any help in understanding what's going on and how to fix it (without reinstalling windows and everything) will be appreciated.
     
  2. etaf

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    are you logged in as an administrator on the PC?
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    {Device Manager}
    Post back the results in device manager
    Start > control Panel {Vista set to classic view}> system > {Vista, device manager on left hand side} {XP hardware Tab, device manager button} >
    windows 7
    start > control panel> System and Security> Device Manager

    network adaptors, click on the + > post back the devices listed there
    are there any ! ? or X


    post a screen shot of the device manager - network adapters

    To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.
    To upload it to the forum, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here
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    Download and install
    If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to copy the program across to the faulty PC

    http://www.xirrus.com/library/wifitools.php
    Then run the program
    if you get an error - You need NET Framework installed for the WiFi Inspector to function.

    post a screen shot of the program running - if there are a lot of networks showing can you click on "networks" top lefthand area - so we can see all the network information, and also post which network "Adapter Name" (1st column) is yours on the list

    To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.
    To upload it to the forum, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
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  3. alikim

    alikim Thread Starter

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    I wasn't able to post any screenshots because I only had iPhone with internet connection.

    Anyway, I've been trying to find a solution for many days and it was far beyond obvious driver or adapter problem.

    Finally I was given a link and found the perfect and a simple solution here:

    http://forum.sysinternals.com/topic17609.html

    post #4 by lancesjunk


    so now the case is closed
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Did you send him any money? :D


    You can mark your own threads solved using the [​IMG] button at the top of the first page of the thread in the upper left corner.© :)
     
  5. alikim

    alikim Thread Starter

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    Actually, I'm going to, why?
    I'm traveling atm, I cant reinstall windows and I only have wi-fi access and I urgently needed to connect some software on my PC to the internet so actually, this saved me a purchase of a new laptop.
     
  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I was just having a little fun with you. :)
     
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