Solved Unable to find correct drivers for Dell Wireless 1450

April 4, 2013 at 06:59:39
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Intel Core i3 @ 3.10GHz | 8GB DDR3 133MHz
Hello everybody,

I recently upgraded my computer and, in doing so, decided to upgrade from my old Dell wireless card to a new D-Link one. For whatever reason, the D-Link gave me extremely high pings in games and made it basically impossible to play at all. I returned the D-Link card and decided to use the Dell one again, however, though it worked perfectly on my old Windows XP Professional system, I cannot seem to find drivers that will work with Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. I have tried installing the Windows XP drivers from Dell's support site, however, Windows states that the driver cannot be used because it is not digitally signed. I also tried a work around on another website which enabled Windows 7's test mode, however, it didn't work.

The exact device is a Dell Wireless 1450 Dual-band USB Wi-Fi adapter. (802.11 a/b/g). As it is an old device, I didn't expect to find drivers specifically for Windows 7, however, it seems that I can't even find a Windows Vista driver that would work. Lastly, I have tried looking up the chipset number to get a manufacturer's driver, but all I could find was packages for Linux as opposed to Windows.

Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Comguy

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April 5, 2013 at 14:54:31
I don't know what "client mode" is, but I suspect it, or the DD-WRT firmware you're using may be causing your problems. Your game consoles shouldn't require any special mode settings on the router either in order to connect to the internet.

Read my how-to guide.

It details how to interconnect and configure two routers correctly to work within a single subnet (it also details how to setup for two separate subnets but this does not apply in your situation) and does not require any funky settings. Once you have the routers, and the LAN setup correctly, then you share between clients in the usual fashion. If you're not sure how, google it. Something like "setting up a shared folder in windows 7" should lead you to plenty of info's and/or guides.

As to your dell wireless network interface. If it doesn't have Windows 7 drivers, you won't get it to work. Or at least, you shouldn't be able to. If you do, chances are it won't work right because it doesn't have the right drivers.

So, back to what I said in my last post. if that dell wireless card doesn't have windows 7 drivers, buy a new one that does work with windows 7 and your problem will be solved.

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***



#1
April 4, 2013 at 07:05:10
the D-Link gave me extremely high pings in games and made it basically impossible to play at all

If you're online gaming do yourself a favor, forget using wireless and connect your computer with a network cable to a LAN port on your router. You'll find gaming performance improves greatly when doing so.

If the device is old enough that there aren't windows 7 or Vista drivers for it, and you've upgraded to windows 7 on the computer then you're left with only one option as I see it (well, two if you take my advice and use a network cable) and that would be to reinstall your computer with the original operating system.

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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#2
April 4, 2013 at 07:29:31
@Curt R

Reinstalling Windows XP isn't really an option on the new computer I've built. Also, I know that using a cable gives a better quality connection. I currently have my computer connected with a cable to a router that is acting as a client on my main router. I would prefer to use a wireless connection as to make file sharing easier between the computers and devices in my home; as, to my knowledge, there is no where to set up file sharing between a client-mode router's connected devices and the router it is connected to.

Comguy

MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard
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#3
April 5, 2013 at 07:50:42
You'll get much better performance moving files between clients/servers on a network using a wired connection than you will wireless. The inherent problems with wireless are there regardless of what you're doing.

If your two routers are properly configured, file sharing between LAN clients will work properly regardless of which router you, or the client you wish to connect to, are connected to. No extrea steps would be required to connect between clients and this certainly wouldn't require configuring any setting on a router to do either.

For more information on how to properly interconnect two routers simply click on my name above in this response and read my “how-to” guide titled, “Add a second router to your LAN

You'll want to pay attention to the scenario wherein you keep everything in one subnet and interconnect the two routers "LAN port to LAN port"

Now, having said that, back to your original issue.....

You have an older computer. You can't/won't/don't want run Windows XP on it. The wireless interface on it is old enough there are no Vista/Windows 7 drivers available for it.

You do the math..... 1+1 always = 2

You can't get this device to work in Windows 7........period, end of story. This leaves you two choices. Stick to using your wired network interface (best solution) or buy a new wireless network interface and install it.

In all honesty, if you sort out your network issues (ie: how you have the routers setup) then you won't need the wireless interface. I'm getting the distinct feeling you plugged the network connection from the first router into the WAN port of the second router and that is your problem. Go read my guide, get your routers setup correctly, test your file sharing. If it works, you've saved yourself some $$$ :)

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.

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#4
April 5, 2013 at 13:27:28
@Curt R

I should probably reiterate this...

The computer I am trying to install this device on is a brand new computer that I built to replace an aged Windows XP machine. I could install Windows XP on it, but I think it's time that I move away from an operating system that is going to be abandoned in a year.

Anyways, thank you for your support on this issue. I remember some time ago I managed to get the Dell wireless card working on Windows 7, but I have no idea how I did it then. I'm going to run a ping test on a D-Link USB wireless card I have laying around and see if I get any better results than that of the newer D-Link.

One last issue... In the event that I can't seem to get normal pings using this wireless device, I will go back to my wired connection method; but would it be possible for you to explain to me how I would go about setting up file sharing in my home using my current network configuration? Here is a (hopefully simple) diagram describing my configuration. The equals sign indicates a wireless connection while the hyphen indicates a wired connection.

Main computer ---- Linksys WRT54G (Client mode via DD-WRT) ==== D-Link DIR-615 ---- Modem

All other devices in my home are wirelessly connected to the DIR-615. The reason I have the WRT54G in client mode at all is to connect a few game consoles that do not have wireless support to my main router. My main computer is connected to it only because it is the only way I have gotten stable ping readings since I lost the use of the Dell wireless card.

Thank you in advance for your support,

Comguy

MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard
Intel Core i3 3.10GHz
8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon 5770
AMD HD Audio
2TB Hitachi HDD (Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit)
LG DVD-RW SATA


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April 5, 2013 at 14:54:31
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I don't know what "client mode" is, but I suspect it, or the DD-WRT firmware you're using may be causing your problems. Your game consoles shouldn't require any special mode settings on the router either in order to connect to the internet.

Read my how-to guide.

It details how to interconnect and configure two routers correctly to work within a single subnet (it also details how to setup for two separate subnets but this does not apply in your situation) and does not require any funky settings. Once you have the routers, and the LAN setup correctly, then you share between clients in the usual fashion. If you're not sure how, google it. Something like "setting up a shared folder in windows 7" should lead you to plenty of info's and/or guides.

As to your dell wireless network interface. If it doesn't have Windows 7 drivers, you won't get it to work. Or at least, you shouldn't be able to. If you do, chances are it won't work right because it doesn't have the right drivers.

So, back to what I said in my last post. if that dell wireless card doesn't have windows 7 drivers, buy a new one that does work with windows 7 and your problem will be solved.

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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#6
April 5, 2013 at 16:39:58
@Curt R

I am unable to connect the two routers together using the traditional method of interlinking them with Ethernet cables; this is due to them being too far apart in my house, and having no way of moving the DIR-615 as there is only one modem link in my house. What the WRT54G is doing is acting as a wireless client connected to the DIR-615, thus allowing any devices (Currently, a PS2, original Xbox, Xbox 360, and my main computer) to connect to the DIR-615 through the WRT54G, wirelessly, and thus, connecting to the Internet. As stated above, I cannot connect the WRT54G and the DIR-615 with cables due to limitations on the location of my devices and modem.

Nonetheless, I will read your guide to see if it will help in this situation, but I suspect that I will be unable to discover any devices connected to the WRT54G with a cable and, thus, obtaining internet access from the DIR-615 from a device connected to the DIR-615. The absolute main reason I want to be able to access devices on my home network (including devices on the WRT54G client, and the main DIR-615 itself) is because I wish to access files on another computer on the DIR-615 from my main computer, as well as access my Xbox 360 (which does not have a wireless adapter due to me being cheap) and PS3 for media streaming from my main computer.

Thank you once again,

Comguy

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April 7, 2013 at 05:08:44
As I stated above, I have no clue what "client mode" is. This is why I wasn't aware you had the two routers connected wirelessly.

In my world, this is called "bridge mode". Perhaps it's the same thing as "client mode" and the manufacturer, or perhaps dd-wrt, calls it something different. But that is what you're doing, wirelessly bridging the two routes together.

I wish to access files on another computer on the DIR-615 from my main computer,

First, ensure you're properly shared something on the target computer and shut off it's built in firewall (if it has one). With a share properly created, you should have no trouble connecting to it. I don't know how one would connect to a gaming console. I've never tried. You should probably read the manuals and do some google searches on the topic.

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
April 7, 2013 at 19:52:44
@Curt R

I've managed to bypass connecting my main computer through the WRT54G at all by using a D-Link Wireless USB adapter that gives me decent ping. I've also managed to connect to my PS3 through standard DLNA sharing, and have decided to forget about connecting to my Xbox 360.

Thank you for your assistance,

Comguy

MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard
Intel Core i3 3.10GHz
8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
SAPPHIRE ATI Radeon 5770 Vapor-X
AMD HD Audio
2TB Hitachi HDD (Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit)
LG DVD-RW SATA


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