USB wifi died shortly after migration to W7

Zotac Gf9300-d-e motherboard
January 16, 2010 at 12:32:12
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit edition, pentium e5200 2.5ghz Kingston 1024MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz
My wifi died shortly after migration to W7

Okay I'm not sure what's going on but I'm
really frustrated now. My wifi died shortly after
migration to Windows 7. It was working under
Windows XP for months and Windows 7 for a
week or so and out of the blue I cannot
connect to my wireless networks. I am now
using Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit edition. All
my other drivers work except for the USB wifi.
I've uninstalled the driver and tried drivers from
the VIA site. I've also tried the driver that
Windows update provided. I've also tried the
Windows 7 64 bit driver from the Zotac site
which for some reason never installed because
it said the platform wasn't supported. I've tried
to use the Vista 64 bit driver and that didn't
work also.

Let me be more specific; when I say that the
drivers don't work I don't mean that don't
function. All of the drivers except the Zotac
Win 7 64 bit driver installed without a hiccup
but they don't connect to my wireless router. If
in the case they do connect, I'd get an ip
address but no network traffic. I have other
items connected wirelessly to that router. My
iPod, my Wii, etc. All are connected the only
thing that doesn't work is this USB WLAN
card. I've power cycled the router numerous
times. I've even tried the "netsh winsock reset
catalog" trick with no luck.

I'm convinced the problem is the WLAN card.
Could it be that it just died? Something else
strange is that WLAN card now says "VIA
Technologies USB Wireless LAN Adapter #3".
Even after I completely uninstalled the driver
each time. Is there some inconsistency in the
registry causing it to name it #3?

I've updated the BIOS to the latest version and
still no luck. I really would like to try everything
before I RMA the entire board for this issue.
Can anyone help?


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#1
January 16, 2010 at 18:37:24
"It was working under Windows XP for months and Windows 7 for a week or so and out of the blue I cannot connect to my wireless networks."

How far back are we talking about & are you unable to perform a system restore?

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#2
January 16, 2010 at 18:47:28
I actually wiped clean the system since the upgrade thinking
that would cure the problem but it did not. So a restore is a no
go.

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#3
January 16, 2010 at 19:16:23
I looked up motherboard & the performance of the Wi-Fi component seem to be rather hit-or-miss, if you get it to work.

Did you install this driver for the Wi-Fi? And since you wiped the machine, make sure you install the chipset driver for the motherboard as well.

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#4
January 16, 2010 at 21:46:04
sure did. i installed the chipset driver also. if you don't the coprocessor shows up as a driver issue in the device manager. this is so frustrating.

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#5
January 17, 2010 at 06:19:19
You said you updated the BIOS, have you looked in there to make sure your Wi-Fi settings are not off.

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#6
January 17, 2010 at 07:14:19
there arent any wifi settings in the bios. and like i said before it
was connecting but not getting any data from the internet. its
working now though. it just stared working on its own.

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#7
January 17, 2010 at 07:31:56
Good deal & thanks for the feedback. Too bad we don't know what you did that fixed it.

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