Solved Wireless card disappeared after installing SSD? TP-Link TL-W

Lg electronics Optimus one
January 8, 2013 at 14:09:23
Specs: Windows 7 64 Bit, Intel Duo e8400 / 2gb DDR 2
My wireless card disappeared after installing a new solid state drive. The drive is the OS drive so I needed to reinstall everything from scratch. Everything seemed okay until I installed the driver / uti for the wireless and it kept saying to connect the wireless adapter.

It's a pci slot card and has always worked fine up until now. There are no lights showing up on the card at all. I had a look inside and even took out the card and replaced it but it looked fine. It doesn't show up in the device manager.

My details are as follows:

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-G31MF-S2
Graphics: XFX 9600gt
Wireless card: TP-Link TL-WN951N (latest driver)
Core2Duo e8400
Memory: DDR II 4gb
Windows 7 64bit
SSD: Sandisk SDSSDX-240G-G25 240gb . Don't know if I need drivers or firmware for this. I found the product page but no drivers:

http://www.sandisk.com/products/ssd...


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January 10, 2013 at 08:33:27
As stated before I have ALREADY DOWNLOADED THE LATEST DRIVERS! Why doesn't anyone listen? They were downloaded from the website when I first put the SSD into the pc but they didn't work. I don't know why.

So for an update. I transferred the drivers from the old hdd to the new ssd using a driver transfer program called DriverMax. DriverMax was excellent and I transferred over all my drivers and after replacing the SSD the wireless card started up again. So it was an issue with the newer driver from the TP Link website. For some reason the original driver from the cd worked much better. So you see downloading the latest drivers isn't the be all and end all of fixes.

If anyone's interested in DriverMax you can find more info here:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...

It makes restoring a computer after hdd format a lot smoother.



#1
January 8, 2013 at 23:24:56
If the wireless card has none of it's lights lit up when PC is turned on, it's not a driver or any kind of software problem. The card is dead and needs replacing. Fortunately this is one of the cheapest components to replace. The fact that it died during the SSD installation was probably nothing more than a coincidence.

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#2
January 9, 2013 at 01:51:02
Seems like an incredible coincidence. I can only think that it was to do with static.

But I'm sceptical it's actually broken. I think that if I place the old hdd back in it might start working again? Maybe it's incompatible.


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#3
January 9, 2013 at 07:19:31
@ Adamantus10 , make sure the WLAN card is well seate in the system borad's PCI slot and power up the PC, then drive the WLAN card with driver meant for the version of windows newly installed. You can get the needed driver from the WLAN card manufacturer's website, downloard and run with the version of windows newly insalled.

By the above wi-fi should connect.

Thanks.


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#4
January 9, 2013 at 07:52:37
If your old HDD still has the operating system on it, it's worth putting it back in and booting up to see if the wifi card works or not. If it does, you know it's a software or compatibility issue. If it doesn't, it's a pretty safe bet the hardware is toast.

As for incompatibility, you should be able to check that on the OEM's site.

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
January 9, 2013 at 07:59:27
azedas101: You should read the first post of the topic more carefully. I already have the latest driver installed as mentioned.

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#6
January 9, 2013 at 09:45:01
Okay the weirdest thing happened. I replaced the drive with the old one again and the wireless card is working again confirming the incompatibility hypothesis (maybe). So it looks like tp link wireless cards don't like SSDs or this particular SSD?

But it could be a driver issue. I remember downloading the latest drivers for the device last time (when first purchasing it) but then having to use the cd to install. But now I don't have the cd so I can't use it. So I need to figure out how to port the driver from one drive to the other.


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#7
January 9, 2013 at 10:11:44
So it looks like tp link wireless cards don't like SSDs or this particular SSD?

I wouldn't suspect an incompatibility with the SSD, I would suspect that if there's an incompatibility, it would be with Windows 7. The wireelss card and the SSD don't interact directly. If they do, it would be through the operating system. This is why I say it's more likely a windows incompatibility than a hardware one.

I recommend you go to the OEM website and download the correct drivers for your device and operating sysem. I would suggest you put the driver on a USB memory key or a CD and then put the SSD back in and try installing the drivers and see if that doesn't fix the issue.

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
January 9, 2013 at 23:47:50
You people are just going back to all I suggested.

Okay.


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#9
January 10, 2013 at 08:33:27
✔ Best Answer
As stated before I have ALREADY DOWNLOADED THE LATEST DRIVERS! Why doesn't anyone listen? They were downloaded from the website when I first put the SSD into the pc but they didn't work. I don't know why.

So for an update. I transferred the drivers from the old hdd to the new ssd using a driver transfer program called DriverMax. DriverMax was excellent and I transferred over all my drivers and after replacing the SSD the wireless card started up again. So it was an issue with the newer driver from the TP Link website. For some reason the original driver from the cd worked much better. So you see downloading the latest drivers isn't the be all and end all of fixes.

If anyone's interested in DriverMax you can find more info here:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...

It makes restoring a computer after hdd format a lot smoother.


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#10
January 10, 2013 at 08:55:31
As stated before I have ALREADY DOWNLOADED THE LATEST DRIVERS! Why doesn't anyone listen?

Neither the title or either of your first two posts specify that you downloaded the latest drivers so you'll have to excuse us for not knowing that without being told. Yes, yes, I see now you mentioned it in response #5 but since you were pointing that at someone else, I didn't read it through very carefully.

My next troubleshooting step would have been for you to download the second oldest driver and try it in light of the fact that the wirelesss worked on the original install, but not on the new drive with the latest driver. I've run into that issue before and I suspect the latest driver itself may be FUBAR'd or it's incompatible with your version of Windows.

If anyone's interested in DriverMax you can find more info here:

Thanks, but no thanks.

I find the image's I do for backup that I keep stored on my NAS save me from having to install from scratch. In a matter of minutes, I can be up and running at my last backup point. Usually a 2 day maximum difference.

Also, if were to reinstall from scratch, I wouldn't want any OS and/or driver files from the old install carried over to the new. That would defeat the purpose of a "clean" reinstall.

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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