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Dell inspiron laptop doesn't recognize wireless adapter after Windows reinstall

We had to reinstall windows on the above computer and since then the computer won't recognize the wireless card. We've reinstalled from the original cd but it says it can't find the wireless card. Wireless was working fine before the windows xp reinstall

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  • mpark63 Feb 09, 2009

    I reinstalled windows from the cd and now the computer doesn't recognize the wireless card installed in the computer.



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  • Anonymous Feb 17, 2009

    it does not work

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If you are able to, simply
1. Go online via the ethernet plug in port at a friend's place, or if you flash a smile and ask nicely at a place with wi-fi, they will have a hardline plugin as well. This is my first suggestion.
2. You can use a jump drive and go to (my computer is a dell) dell's website and check their drivers page, you can simply search it on their main page along with their support page. Then just look for the appropriate wireless drivers, and save them onto your jump drive, then run them on your computer and bada-bing bada-boom! you should be up and going, I ran into this everytime I reinstalled my OS on my laptop and my desktop :P sux that it isn't more automatic, but if you keep the drivers on a disk or your jump drive you can use them again.

good luck!

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Before installing the new driver, you may have to go in and remove the "default" driver. Press windows+pause break or right click on My Computer and select properties, then go to Device Manager > network adapters, right click on the wireless card and select "uninstall". Now try installing from the product's CD. Also make sure if there is a hardware switch on the laptop to turn the wireless card on/off, make sure that is ON.

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