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I have reformatted my Sony VGN-NR21J and am dual booting Linux Mint and Windows XP. Naturally my problem is in XP. In Linux, all is well. I'm posting this from my laptop right now, connected to my home network wirelessly. However in XP have tried a load of different drivers for my Wireless card and Ethernet port (I can't even connect on Ethernet in XP) and it's just having none of it. If I search the folder for the driver in Driver Update it just tells me there is no suitable driver. I've got my wireless driver to install with a yellow "!" over it but it doesn't work and can't be found anywhere but the device manager. The green light is off on the laptop's wireless switch but I don't consider this to be an issue, given that it's off right now and I'm online. I have installed the VAIO Smart Network tool and tried a variety of drivers for my device and other devices using the same wireless card.

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  • kev_rowe Apr 09, 2011

    edgedev,

    I think that will probably be the best solution, I do have 7 lying around here somewhere.

    I have one further question about installing 7 on the windows partition:

    My issue last time was that I installed XP second, so it wrote its own MBR and overwrote GRUB. That led me to reinstall both operating systems, XP first, which solved the problem. If I now install Windows 7 on the XP partition, can I be relatively certain as to whether it will or will not overwrite GRUB again?

    I have seen some tutorials on getting recovering GRUB, so it doesn't seem like the end of the world if it does.

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I would suggest that you go under device manager (by right clicking on My Computer) and right-click on the device that has the !. Choose to uninstall that device.

Now, the reason most times for that is that you may have put the wrong drivers in initially, but then weren't completely removed, so the next time you used different drivers, they didn't completely work properly.

Restart the computer.

Go back to the Sony website, and download the drivers needed for your wireless card. And try installing it again.

I would suggest altogether to delete the WinXP partition and instead install Windows 7. I say that because windows 7 has many of the baseline drivers and for most computers of 1.5 years+ you don't have to install many drivers for them at all; they all come built in.

I hope some of that helped.

Please Rate. Thanks.

Posted on Apr 08, 2011

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    Eddie Apr 09, 2011

    That's true. Depending on how you reformat the partition GRUB should not erase, but doing a search on youtube can show you how to recover it.

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