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Old 01-30-2012, 07:20 AM   #16
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Well, it did not work. It found the signal, but could not connect. The brand I bought said works with Win 2000, XP, Vista, but never mentioned Win7 which is what she has. When I bought it, I asked the fellow on the desk, and he says "of course it will work with 7". If it works with Vista, it will work with 7". Well it doesn't and when I went to the website looking for a 7 driver, there are none and it say MAY work with 7. Anyway I will be waltzing it back today, getting something else. I may put a sticky on his forehead saying "Do not ask this kid anything.

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Well, it did not work. It found the signal, but could not connect. The brand I bought said works with Win 2000, XP, Vista, but never mentioned Win7 which is what she has. When I bought it, I asked the fellow on the desk, and he says "of course it will work with 7". If it works with Vista, it will work with 7". Well it doesn't and when I went to the website looking for a 7 driver, there are none and it say MAY work with 7. Anyway I will be waltzing it back today, getting something else. I may put a sticky on his forehead saying "Do not ask this kid anything.
yep, if you don't want to delve too deeply into it, get a device with drivers for the operating system you use. any reason why you didn't go the newegg route?

also as it found the signal, but didn't connect, does the router have any wireless security on it? If it does ( and they should) you'll need to set up the wireless key on the desktop or laptop you are setting up.
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any reason why you didn't go the newegg route?
I didn't know if they shipped to Canada, and if they did, it would have been a few days to receive it. I just wanted to get PC back to her over the weekend. There is a tigerdirect store on my way home, so I picked it up there.
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If it found the network it sounds like it installed correctly.

If you go to the Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Manage Wireless Networks does a profile with the wifi name (SSID) show up?

If not you will want to add one. If one does show up, right click on it and go to 'Properties'. Check the Security tab and make sure that all of the settings are correct. You may want to log into the router to double check everything. I have occasionally run into issues where the network security type was not properly detected which can cause the issue you ran into

Getting another adapter may also fix the issue but if you haven't returned it yet its something to check
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If it found the network it sounds like it installed correctly.
This. I doubt it has anything to do with drivers. Most of the time manufacturers don't provide a driver if it comes built-in with the operating system. Since Win7 is newer than Vista/XP/2000, it is likely those drivers are bundled with the operating system so you don't need to install them.

If you got to the point where you were seeing networks, you are likely already beyond any potential driver issues.
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As mentioned I took the original one back and picked up a Realtek which had Windows 7 drivers, and it works fine. Thanks everyone for your assistance.
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Like everyone mentioned there are a few thing she can do.
1. if she has internet now she would need a wireless moden then a wireless usb card
2. she can just get a nice usb wireless card and jack someone elses internet (slower connection)
wireless internet still requires a internet source so its either hers our someone elses

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