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Wireless network adapter problem

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Jsoccerboy, Jan 7, 2013.

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  1. Jsoccerboy

    Jsoccerboy Thread Starter

    Jan 7, 2013

    My internet had stopped working for some reason, so I decided to re-install the wireless network adapter, because it usually makes the internet work again.

    So I deleted the wireless network adapter, and then I tried clicking "Scan for hardware changes", but the network adapter doesnt install. So its gone now, which is why internet just isnt working. How can I get it back?
  2. premierguy


    Jan 7, 2013

    If you can connect your computer to your router with the ethernet cable. That can get you on the internet.

    Then with the name of your wireless adapter you can search for your wireless adapter driver.

    What you could do before doing the above is to restart your computer again it should recognize that there is a hardware change and install the required driver itself or prompt you for the driver by stepping through a on screen instructions.

    Follow the instruction for checking online.

    See how you go with the above steps, and let us know.


  3. SVconsulting


    Jan 7, 2013
    This is where I would start as well.

    If you remove something from the device manager and a "check for new hardware" does not work. Reboot. If it still does not find it, I would ask "is it a usb adapter or in the case hardware"?

    USB: remove it, and reinstall (remember to reboot first as Eamonn said). If it is built into the computer, you could look on the manufacture's website (Dell's support page) for a driver to install manually.

    Good luck!
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