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Old 11-15-2008, 10:39 PM   #1
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I am VERY new to trying to work with laptops, so forgive me. I have just bought a used laptop that I know for a fact has a wireless card. It is a Dell D 630.

I have just wiped it and installed Win XP Pro and I can't tell what the card is in order to install the proper drivers.

HELP! Is there any way? Do I have to open it up?

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Old 11-15-2008, 10:50 PM   #2
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Hello there, there is a very simple way to discover the make and model of the Wireless NIC (Network Interface Card).

Start > Control Panel > (for Category View, click on Performance & Maintenance > then System at the bottom) (If Classic View, click on System) Then click on the Hardware tab > then the Device Manager button. It will then bring up a list in which you are looking for the Network Adapters. The wireless NIC will be located there.

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Hi,
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There are a couple of ways, but the best thing to do is run Everest under my signature.
It will produce a report the will tell you the hardware you have in your laptop.
Dells are a pain to find the various drivers.

If you could PM me the service tag#, I will see if I can narrow the drivers down for you.
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Old 11-15-2008, 11:09 PM   #4
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Hello there, there is a very simple way to discover the make and model of the Wireless NIC (Network Interface Card).

Start > Control Panel > (for Category View, click on Performance & Maintenance > then System at the bottom) (If Classic View, click on System) Then click on the Hardware tab > then the Device Manager button. It will then bring up a list in which you are looking for the Network Adapters. The wireless NIC will be located there.

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Yes, the Hardware will be there, but it will not tell him what it is unless the driver is installed for it. It will show up as a Network Controller or Ethernet Controller for example with a yellow ! error.
The only way you can identify it (this way) is to get the VEN/DEV # under Device Instance ID. This is not always accurate.
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Old 11-15-2008, 11:25 PM   #5
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You're right, I made an assumption which I should not have.
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:33 AM   #6
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First, thank you all.

After running Everest I THINK that I have the integrated Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit controller. ???
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If you take the service tag # off that machine and login to the Dell website, it'll take you directly to the required drivers, no need to guess what you have.
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Old 11-16-2008, 01:00 PM   #8
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OK... the dumbest of dumb questions.

Is that Broadcom Netxtreme 57xx even a wireless card??? It's the integrated NIC that came with the Dell.

I connected via wireless on this pc under the old operating system before it was wiped. Which is why I said "I know it has the capability".
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Hi,
I got the PM of your service tag Thanks!
Your LAN Driver is here:
http://support.dell.com/support/down...&fileid=201410

Your WIRELESS Card:
http://support.dell.com/support/down...&fileid=282483

Double check your DEVICE MANAGER and let us know if you have any errors remaining after you install these drivers.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:19 PM   #10
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Sorry it took so long. I had to perform a windows installer update before I could install the wireless card driver.

However, when I start installation, it cache's the files to the hard drive... starts the process and then I get the following:

!Warning
1:0

I click ok, and everything stops. That's a new one on me... ???
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Hi,
What version of XP is installed (ex. XP SP2)
Have you done a full MS Update to SP2.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:38 PM   #12
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I have not. It's still SP1. I will do that upgrade next.

Sorry guys... I appreciate your time.

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Yes,
Update to SP2 and then try to reinstall the wireless driver.
Let me know how you make out.
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