Vista 64 Bit Ethernet Signed Driver Trouble

jimc52

New Member
I am having a heck of a time. I have installed Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Bit and the ASUS P5QC mobo I have came with an unsigned 64 bit Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCI-E Ethernet Controller
driver.

I called ASUS tech support and talked to them and as of this time, they have only a beta version of the 64 bit signed driver. Vista is not accepting the driver and is considering it as unsigned, so I am left without a computer that can connect to the net.

I have searched hi and low all over the internet to see if I could buy a wired ethernet adapter which has a 64 bit signed driver, but all of the ethernet cards I have been able to find are only compatible with the 32 bit version of Vista or they only have unsigned drivers for their ethernet cards. This is really frustrating!

Does anyone know here WHO (what manufacturer, make, model) of a wired ethernet adapter card 10/100 or 10/1000/1000 (that does not cost a fortune - is retail version, not industrial or commercial)
I might be able to purchase that has the appropriate signed drivers - or

Does anyone here know HOW to disable the signed driver enforcement in Vista Home Premium 64 Bit with SP1? I understand it was possible to do it at one time, but since Microsoft HEXED us with two patches, that route has been disabled. So if there is a way to disable the mandatory signed driver requirement, I would like a step by step explanation of how to do it, in lieu of the need to purchase a new card (my ASIS mobo comes with an UNSIGNED version of the 64 bit driver - so I would like to use this if possible.

So any help would be greatfully appreciated

1 - Do you know who makes wired ethernet cards with 64 bit signed drivers compatible with Vista?

2 - In lieu of this, how do I disable the mandatory signed driver requirement in Vista 64 bit?

3 - If you are using Vista Home Premium or Ultimate 64 bit edition, what ethernet adapter do you have or are you using? Is a mobo adapter or a PCI card?
 

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lordbob75

Lord of Bobs
Vista Pro
Gold Member
Try Updating your BIOS. I have the ASUS P5QC mobo, and the wired connection works great with Vista Ultimate x64. Perhaps you have a bad mobo?

~Lordbob
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5QC
    Memory
    2x2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce 9500GT 1Gb
    Sound Card
    Mobo
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206bw
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SP2514N ATA 250Gb 7200RPM
    Samsung [Model] 1Tb 7200RPM SATA2
    PSU
    Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W
    Mouse
    Razer Lachesis
    Keyboard
    Razer Tarantula
    Internet Speed
    not fast enough

lordbob75

Lord of Bobs
Vista Pro
Gold Member
Aha. Ok, you should be able to press F8 during startup to disable the signed drivers feature.

Hope that helps.

~Lordbob
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5QC
    Memory
    2x2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce 9500GT 1Gb
    Sound Card
    Mobo
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206bw
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SP2514N ATA 250Gb 7200RPM
    Samsung [Model] 1Tb 7200RPM SATA2
    PSU
    Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W
    Mouse
    Razer Lachesis
    Keyboard
    Razer Tarantula
    Internet Speed
    not fast enough

jimc52

New Member
Thanks - I will try that tonight when I get home. Will I always have to press F8 to boot, since I will then have unsigned drivers on the computer?
 

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lordbob75

Lord of Bobs
Vista Pro
Gold Member
I am not sure, but I would guess at yes. Though it will Bly be temporary untill the signed driver comes out.

~Lordbob
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5QC
    Memory
    2x2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce 9500GT 1Gb
    Sound Card
    Mobo
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206bw
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SP2514N ATA 250Gb 7200RPM
    Samsung [Model] 1Tb 7200RPM SATA2
    PSU
    Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W
    Mouse
    Razer Lachesis
    Keyboard
    Razer Tarantula
    Internet Speed
    not fast enough

Hans23

Member
I too have a similar problem. I have ECS mobo A740-M with AMD Athlon x64. I have Vista x64 Ultimate installed on the primary HD and windows 7 x64 installed on the secondary HDD. They were both working fine until suddenly stopped working and wont boot. On trying to find the problem, I observed that the Atheros LAN driver is causing the OSes to boot in normal mode and can only boot in safe mode. I cant even restore the OSes to their older states as none of the restore points have been saved. I tried unistalling the LAN device and it would boot the OSes normally. Now when I try installing the driver again, the OSes hang and wont boot in normal mode again.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
 

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lordbob75

Lord of Bobs
Vista Pro
Gold Member
This sounds like the hardware could have gone bad. Obviously it used to work, and having it suddenly stop working means that it is probably bad. Can you leave it disabled? That may be the best solution short of getting a new mobo.

~Lordbob
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5QC
    Memory
    2x2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce 9500GT 1Gb
    Sound Card
    Mobo
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206bw
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SP2514N ATA 250Gb 7200RPM
    Samsung [Model] 1Tb 7200RPM SATA2
    PSU
    Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W
    Mouse
    Razer Lachesis
    Keyboard
    Razer Tarantula
    Internet Speed
    not fast enough

Techymike

not so newbie
Power User
ASUS has had a few MB's with problems lately. If that is a new MB I would recommend getting an RMA from ASUS and getting another one. They are a good company and getting an RMA should be easy. add the ftp to .asus.com.tw/pub/ASUS/nb/A6R/
 
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    Home made
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    Intel i7 920 Broomfield-Not overclocked
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    Gigabyte X58-UD4P
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    12 Gig Corsair Dominator Triple Channel 1600 DDR3
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    Sapphire 3870 X2 - Just the one now
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    Creative Blaster X-FI Titanium Optical to Yamaha Receiver
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    Panasonic 50 inch Plasma via HDMI and used as just a Monitor
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    Sata Seagate 750 Gig 32MB for the Vista 64 bit and second drive is Sata 300 Gig for extra storage.
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Hans23

Member
Guys,
I too suspect the mobo to have gone bad. The mobo is ECS A740GM-M. I will have to try gettinng their support and get it replaced if possible. I could keep the Ethernet contriller disabled and it would boot without problems. I have a netgear network card but I do not have the Vista drivers for it.
Thanks for your responses.
 

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lordbob75

Lord of Bobs
Vista Pro
Gold Member
This seems more like a hardware compatibility issue to me, though bad mobo could cause it. If you want to RMA the mobo, go ahead, hopefully that will fix it.

If the new mobo still encounters the same problems, then it is hardware compatibility.

~Lordbob
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5QC
    Memory
    2x2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce 9500GT 1Gb
    Sound Card
    Mobo
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206bw
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SP2514N ATA 250Gb 7200RPM
    Samsung [Model] 1Tb 7200RPM SATA2
    PSU
    Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W
    Mouse
    Razer Lachesis
    Keyboard
    Razer Tarantula
    Internet Speed
    not fast enough

Hans23

Member
Lordbob,
Thanks for the responses. My mobo did come with the driver CD that contains the Drivers for Vista. So I thought it might not be the Hardware compatibility. Also, there are a lot of people using the mobo with Vista and do not have any issues.

Hans
 

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lordbob75

Lord of Bobs
Vista Pro
Gold Member
Well I meant that your particular hardware setup was causing an issue. But I don't know for sure.

~Lordbob
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5QC
    Memory
    2x2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce 9500GT 1Gb
    Sound Card
    Mobo
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206bw
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SP2514N ATA 250Gb 7200RPM
    Samsung [Model] 1Tb 7200RPM SATA2
    PSU
    Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W
    Mouse
    Razer Lachesis
    Keyboard
    Razer Tarantula
    Internet Speed
    not fast enough

Hans23

Member
Could be.
Here is the website for my mobo and the strange thing is it lists Atheros L1 gigabit and L2 Fast Tehrnet controllers with supporting OSes mentioned for L1 as Vista and for L2 as Vista 64bit. I do have Vista 64 bit installed.

Also, When I download and open the zip files for L1 and L2, L1 does have a folder for Visat64 too.
 

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FreMeN2077i

New Member
try this "SetupReadyDriverPlus", found here -> h**p://www.easy-share.com/c/1700886782

it works for me :)
i'm using unsigned drivers for my webcam and it's work ok
 

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Hans23

Member
Seems like there is dome problem with the mobo. I tried to enable the onboard LAN and the OS wont boot at all. I disabled the on board LAN, booted into OS, installed the driver and re-enabled the Onboard LAN and again the OS wont boot. :(
 

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lordbob75

Lord of Bobs
Vista Pro
Gold Member
Try RMAing the board. If the same problem with the new one occurs, then it is a different problem, like compatibility.

~Lordbob
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5QC
    Memory
    2x2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce 9500GT 1Gb
    Sound Card
    Mobo
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206bw
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SP2514N ATA 250Gb 7200RPM
    Samsung [Model] 1Tb 7200RPM SATA2
    PSU
    Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W
    Mouse
    Razer Lachesis
    Keyboard
    Razer Tarantula
    Internet Speed
    not fast enough

Hans23

Member
Try RMAing the board. If the same problem with the new one occurs, then it is a different problem, like compatibility.

~Lordbob

Lordbob,
I have opened an Issue complaint with the mobo manufacturer and they are yet to get back to me on the issue. If they suspect it could be the mobo, then I can RMA it.
 

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lordbob75

Lord of Bobs
Vista Pro
Gold Member
Well let us know how it works out for you. Who made the mobo again? ASUS? I know they are pretty friendly.

If it is not the mobo, try pulling out any non-essential computer parts, and try to get it to work that way.

~Lordbob
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5QC
    Memory
    2x2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce 9500GT 1Gb
    Sound Card
    Mobo
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206bw
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SP2514N ATA 250Gb 7200RPM
    Samsung [Model] 1Tb 7200RPM SATA2
    PSU
    Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W
    Mouse
    Razer Lachesis
    Keyboard
    Razer Tarantula
    Internet Speed
    not fast enough
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