Windows XP device manager not showing wireless card

September 13, 2012 at 04:01:20
Specs: Windows XP
after installing xp my wireless card doesnt show in device manager

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#1
September 13, 2012 at 04:10:00
You propably need to install it's driver if you've done a fresh Windows install.
Device Manager should show an error symbol (yellow question-mark) which means the driver isn't installed so Windows doesn't know what the device is.
You can download the driver from your PC or laptop manufacturer's website.

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#2
September 13, 2012 at 04:14:31
Hi , the problem is it doen't show at all in device manager.how can i reinstall the drivers when it doesn't show up . i do know which card it is . any help would be appreciated.device manager also shows about 6 unknown devices.

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#3
September 13, 2012 at 05:11:50
If it is a laptop, you are dealing with, make sure, the wireless option is enabled.
Most laptops using a key pair, to switch wireless and/or bluetooth on and off.
Mostly it's Fn+F[1-12], see your laptops manual.

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#4
September 13, 2012 at 09:00:35
If it's not showing up in DM at all, then your NIC could be no good. I would test by reseating it.

If it's a desktop PC I would first unplug the power, then I would open the box and while grounding myself on the case (have your forearm touching it is good enough) I would then remove the card and reseat it firmly into the slot.

Leaving the case open at this time, I would then plug the power back in and boot up and check DM. If the network interface appears, then that was all the issue was and you can now close up your case and proceed to install the correct drivers.

If it doesn't show up in DM, then you either have a bad card, or a bad slot. The simplest thing to do in that case is try the card in another slot (assuming you have another free one). If it still doesn't work, then it has to be a bad NIC (network interface card).

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#5
September 13, 2012 at 09:08:04
THANKS I WILL TRY YOUR SUGGESTION BUT IT WAS FINE TILL I DID XP RE INSTALLATION SO NOT HOPEFULL.

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#6
September 14, 2012 at 00:09:20
If the wireless network device is not recognized by the system that means, the device is corrupt or switched off by system bios or Fn+F[1-12] keys.

This is independent of the operating system.


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#7
September 14, 2012 at 07:29:42
Good grab paulsep!

I totally never thought about ensuring the device was enabled in the BIOS and/or ensuring that if there was a physical on/off switch for the wireless (a lot of laptops have them) that it's in the "ON" position.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#8
September 14, 2012 at 09:08:36
Current laptops do switch WiFi and Bluetooth just via Fn+F-keys.
No physical switch available :-(

My laptop needs to be switched in that way.
Pressing Fn+F3 switches WiFi on
Pressing Fn+F3 again WiFi and Bluetooth on
Pressing Fn+F3 third time WiFi off and Bluetooth on
Pressing Fn+F3 again WiFi and Bluetooth off

That's a mess and I wish, I had 2 physical switches for simply turning WiFi and Bluetooth on and off.


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