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identifying Wifi card in laptop

  1. #1


    persres Guest

    identifying Wifi card in laptop

    Hello,
    I had purchased a new laptop. I have not been able to connect to
    wifi networks. I am beginning to suspect that the laptop may not have
    a wifi network card. How can I verify this?.

    I have windows vista. I went to Device manager in control panel. Under
    network adapters there is only one entry for my lan card. There is no
    entry for any wireless lan device.

    May be the driver is not installed. Can you tell me how to check
    1) If the device is there.

    I am beginning to suspect may be there is no wireless card at all.
    Thanks


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  3. #2



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    Re: identifying Wifi card in laptop

    well, if it is not listed under network adapters, check if you have a cathegory named other devices, if it is it should show as ethernet controller.

    now, laptops normally have a FN key combination to turn on or off the wireless card, if it is off, it will not show under the device manager.

    you didnt specify which laptop, but normally it is FN + F2.

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    persres Guest

    Re: identifying Wifi card in laptop

    I do see an ethernet controller with a question mark. So, can I assume
    that the device driver is not present for this device?. And how can I
    know what kind of device it is?. Its vendor type, device type etc. I
    am not able to find them out. If I know the vendor type and device
    type I can look for the inf in my own machine.

    How do I know it is of type network card?. Can I know it in the UI?.
    Or should I go to the registry?.


    This is what I found in registry :
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network\{4D36E972-
    E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\Descriptions]
    "WAN Miniport (L2TP)"=hex(7):31,00,00,00,00,00
    "WAN Miniport (PPTP)"=hex(7):31,00,00,00,00,00
    "WAN Miniport (PPPOE)"=hex(7):31,00,00,00,00,00
    "WAN Miniport (IPv6)"=hex(7):31,00,00,00,00,00
    "WAN Miniport (IP)"=hex(7):31,00,00,00,00,00
    "RAS Async Adapter"=hex(7):31,00,00,00,00,00
    "Realtek RTL8101 Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0)"=hex(7):
    31,00,00,00,\
    00,00
    "Microsoft Tun Miniport Adapter"=hex(7):31,00,00,00,00,00
    "Microsoft ISATAP Adapter"=hex(7):32,00,00,00,00,00


    Thanks




    On Aug 14, 12:21*am, motarola2 <gu...@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote:

    > well, if it is not listed under network adapters, check if you have a
    > cathegory named other devices, if it is it should show as ethernet
    > controller.
    >
    > now, laptops normally have a FN key combination to turn on or off the
    > wireless card, if it is off, it will not show under the device manager.
    >
    > you didnt specify which laptop, but normally it is FN + F2.
    >
    > --
    > motarola2

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    Spikey Guest

    Re: identifying Wifi card in laptop


    <persres@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    >I do see an ethernet controller with a question mark. So, can I assume
    >that the device driver is not present for this device?. And how can I
    >know what kind of device it is?. Its vendor type, device type etc. I
    >am not able to find them out. If I know the vendor type and device
    >type I can look for the inf in my own machine.

    You could try right click on the item with yellow? Properties - update
    driver and let it search.

    Also does it not show up in control panel - network connections - manage
    network connections? The lan should show there as well.



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    Re: identifying Wifi card in laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by persres View Post
    I do see an ethernet controller with a question mark. So, can I assume
    that the device driver is not present for this device?. And how can I
    know what kind of device it is?. Its vendor type, device type etc. I
    am not able to find them out. If I know the vendor type and device
    type I can look for the inf in my own machine.

    How do I know it is of type network card?. Can I know it in the UI?.
    Or should I go to the registry?
    you can plug in your ethernet cable to your laptop to get internet access, once you do that open the device manager, right click the ethernet controller and click update driver, it should try to look for it using windows update, if it doesnt find results check your invoice paper work, must be listed there.

    i believe there's no way to see it on the registry, at least not an easy one.

    what is your laptop's brand?

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    Roberto de Cornielle Guest

    Re: identifying Wifi card in laptop

    <persres@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:ac837046-c164-40f0-bb29-cae05f5cb709@xxxxxx

    > Hello,
    > I had purchased a new laptop. I have not been able to connect to
    > wifi networks. I am beginning to suspect that the laptop may not have
    > a wifi network card. How can I verify this?.
    >
    > I have windows vista. I went to Device manager in control panel. Under
    > network adapters there is only one entry for my lan card. There is no
    > entry for any wireless lan device.
    >
    > May be the driver is not installed. Can you tell me how to check
    > 1) If the device is there.
    >
    > I am beginning to suspect may be there is no wireless card at all.
    > Thanks
    If you received a manual with it there should be references to it,
    else just go to the manufacture's web site and see if there are any
    WiFi NIC drivers listed for your model notebook.

    rgds
    Roberto



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    anton.m Guest

    Re: identifying Wifi card in laptop

    To get information on your network cards and all other hardware, install the
    freeware program SIV from
    http://www.gtopala.com/ I have been using it for more years without
    problems. Anton

    "Roberto de Cornielle" <whoisit@xxxxxx> skrev i en meddelelse
    news:eC6e4Yc$IHA.3908@xxxxxx

    > <persres@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:ac837046-c164-40f0-bb29-cae05f5cb709@xxxxxx

    >> Hello,
    >> I had purchased a new laptop. I have not been able to connect to
    >> wifi networks. I am beginning to suspect that the laptop may not have
    >> a wifi network card. How can I verify this?.
    >>
    >> I have windows vista. I went to Device manager in control panel. Under
    >> network adapters there is only one entry for my lan card. There is no
    >> entry for any wireless lan device.
    >>
    >> May be the driver is not installed. Can you tell me how to check
    >> 1) If the device is there.
    >>
    >> I am beginning to suspect may be there is no wireless card at all.
    >> Thanks
    >
    > If you received a manual with it there should be references to it,
    > else just go to the manufacture's web site and see if there are any
    > WiFi NIC drivers listed for your model notebook.
    >
    > rgds
    > Roberto
    >
    >


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