Upgraded to Vista Ultimate and have spent last few months looking for drivers to enable connection to network. Drivers dowloaded from Realtek site - Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC - do NOT work! Error message: This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use (Code12) If you want to use this device you will need to disable one of teh other devices on this sysytem....
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For OS XP Start) ->Control Panel(Category View )->Network & Internet Connections ->Network Connections ->Select your wireless NIC icon and right click on it, then make sure it is enabled.
For OS Vista or Win 7 Navigate to your wireless network card properties and make sure it is enabled; Start -> control panel -> network and internet (or network and sharing) -> network options -> manage network connections then select your wireless NIC icon and right click on it, then make sure it is enabled.
Be sure that your wireless NIC(adapter) switch did not get turned off i.e. on certain laptop/notebook models
The problem with upgrading or downgrading to MS Vista is the lack of driver support manufacturers provide as unlike other past Operating systems Vista did not sell very well retail...it was forced upon Manufacturers who "had" to include it at a certain point in their New Computers even though in MOST cases the Computers were really designed to work on XP and this caused havoc given the need to double RAM in most cases, even now many new computers still are sold with insufficient resources.
THat being said, many manufacturers of periferals, components like sound and video cards, Network Adapters broke with the tradition of providing UPGRADED DRIVERS for Vista as it was just not worth it for the FEW who bought Vista for their XP COmputers over the Counter. Also VIsta was quite different from win 2000-XP and didnt work on older Drivers.
The answer to your question is most likely there are NO Vista Drivers for your Network Adapter if they are not listed your Computer Website (which is common and traditional for past New O.S.). With Desktops the solution is a bit easier especially if you have independant Modules especially: Video, Sound, Network "cards' as plug ins not integrated with the Mother Board. Notebook Motherboards are all integrated and it would be difficult to find the exact Network Adapter and change it as you can easily do with a Desktop or just ADD a Network Adapter to one of the Expansion jacks that is compatable with Vista.
You Should first try to call the Computer Manufacturer to see if they have upgraded Drivers for your Computer. Usually the problem is with the sound, video, network and you are lucky the rest work.
SOLUTION: If you really like using Vista and want to stick with it just buy an EXTERNAL NETWORK ADAPTER for your Notebook; they come in either USB or PCMCIA versions, making sure they are compatable with VISTA.. They come with their own Installation Disk which contains the Drivers. The other obvious solution is to just reinstall Windows XP *shrug*. There is little improvment over XP and your Computer will run much faster on the Minimum Ram Memory VISTA Requires which is 2 gb and that is in most cases BARE MINIMUM. On 2gb XP FLIES! I see no advantage in "upgrading" to VIsta, especially if it poses such serious problems as a dysfucntional Wireless Network Adapter Card.
You should check for updated drivers for the wireless NIC device. Gateway may have them available, but no guarantees. Did you do a compatibility check befiore installing Vista? It would have shown you what if any devices, and software were not compatible with vista before install. Try get as much info about the wireless device you can, and do a web search for known issues and solutions also. You may find others have had the same problem and a workaround.
you need the drivers for the nic. you can get them from support.dell.com by typing in the service tag. obviously, you'll need a computer with a working network connection. copy them over on cd or usb drive to the laptop.