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How do I get the wireless enabled after reinstalling vista?

by techie77 / November 14, 2011 11:02 AM PST

I was helping out a friend by replacing her HDD, in her Dell Inspiron 1720... that went fine, reinstalled vista after a few minor issues(Sata configuration) now the wireless will not work... cannot update the drivers... any suggestions?

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And why
by Jimmy Greystone / November 14, 2011 9:51 PM PST

And why can you not update the drivers?

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not sure
by techie77 / November 14, 2011 9:59 PM PST
In reply to: And why

when I go to update the drivers it keeps saying that the drivers are current for everything except the wireless... I suspect the wireless card is bad, doesnt show up on the device manager list... no light... except occasionally... like there is a short??

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You'll Need To DOWNLOAD Those Drivers, Not "Update"
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 15, 2011 12:06 AM PST
In reply to: not sure

If you go into Device Manager, find the device, then click on the "Update" button, it generally doesn't find external drivers. It almost never works... In your case, you'll need to visit the computer manufacturer's website, or the wireless adapter manufacturer's website and download, then install, the correct wireless driver for your computer. Dell's website should have the driver online, OR....most Dell's come with a Resource/Driver CD which should also have the correct drivers for your computer.

Hope this helps.


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And the other thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2011 1:42 AM PST

Many Dells need Dell Quickset to turn on the wifi so you can use it. That's no driver but an app.

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great help
by techie77 / November 15, 2011 7:34 AM PST
In reply to: And the other thing.

thanks, I did go to the dell site to update the drivers, but the device isnt showing in the device manager... did the service tag help, through dell, got all the drivers downloaded and updated that way... the Dell quickset is something that I dont remember seeing so I will look for that... thanks again!!

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