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Wireless Network with Windows Vista

I have an Inspiron 530 computer with Windows Vista, and I was wondering what kind of wireless internet card I need to buy? I already have internet access on another computer in my house (via hardline) and a wireless router, but my computer didn't come with a wireless card.

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  • JohannaElena Jul 31, 2008

    The link goes to in innacurate list. I went ahead and purchased a wireless network card from the list that was listed as "certified for windows vista." It arrived and failed to work - checking up, the company that makes the product doesn't even make products for Microsoft systems, only Macintosh. I guess I should have double-checked to be sure that Microsoft wouldn't just spout untruths about compatible products. Silly me.

  • JohannaElena Jul 31, 2008

    For reference for others, be advised that Hawking Technologies does not produce Microsoft-compatible equipment. Only Macintosh.

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Following is the link where you can see a comprehensive list of all compatible wireless cards for Windows Vista:

http://winqual.microsoft.com/HCL/ProductList.aspx?m=v&cid=711&g=d

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