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XP Won't recognize Network Card Drivers - Dell Latitude C640

by m4ha7m4 / September 24, 2007 10:39 AM PDT

I have a friend who just got a freshly reformatted Dell Latitude C640. I believe her brother used an XP Pro cd instead of the recovery disks and installed most of the drivers.

In any case, I reinstalled all the drivers on the Dell website (motherboard, both NIC's, etc.) and everything installs fine, EXCEPT for the internal wireless card.

In device manager it shows up in the "?" section as "Network Card" I try to install the "TrueMobile 1150 Series PC Card" and the Mini PCI versions of the driver by extracting the files and pointing windows to the driver location. All it says is "Hardware not installed, this location does not have the correct drivers for your device"

Basically XP isn't recognizing the brand of the card and won't let me install any drivers. This is of course assuming the "TrueMobile 1150 Series PC Card" is the correct device, it's the only one on the dell website. I've tried to install drivers from other TrueMobile devices, and even found that is based off of an Orinco card, but Windows XP wont let me use any drivers, it just keeps denying me.

I know it has an internal wireless card, since it shows up in device manager and her brother said he used to use it. I am currently in the Caribbean and do not have access to the recovery disks. Also I have disabled/uninstalled and reinsalled the card in Windows, disabled/enabled the miniPCI in the bios, rebooted, blah blah blah all to no avail!

I'm thinking XP is just being stubborn, but I can't think of a fix! And I'm a fairly advanced PC user.

Please help me out!

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Just a thought. . .
by Coryphaeus / September 24, 2007 10:21 PM PDT

Can you pull the card out and look at it? Maybe some information there. My IBM ThinkPads have the wireless card under a removable door on the bottom.

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Another thought
by PudgyOne / September 24, 2007 11:21 PM PDT
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