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Wireless Adapter Must Be Reinstalled After Any Changes

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    Wireless Adapter Must Be Reinstalled After Any Changes


    I have a USB wireless adapter that works very well...until I make any kind of change to my network adapters. For example:

    If I install VirtualBox or VMware (both of which install virtual network adapters), my wireless adapter stops working and must be reinstalled. (It has a yellow exclamation in Device Manager and Windows claims it can't find a driver for it.)

    If I switch from my wireless adapter to my wired adapter (by shutting down, removing the wireless adapter, attaching an Ethernet cable and restarting), the wired adapter works fine. But when I switch back to my wireless adapter (by shutting down, removing the Ethernet cable, re-attaching the wireless adapter and restarting) then once again my wireless adapter stops working and must be reinstalled. (It has a yellow exclamation in Device Manager and Windows claims it can't find a driver for it.)

    This doesn't make sense. I should not have to reinstall my wireless adapter every time I make a change.

    Can anyone recognize what's going wrong here?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Would help to know make/model of adapter and computer also.
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    Thanks for your help.

    The computer is a Dell Studio XPS 8100 desktop with an integrated Broadcom 57780 Ethernet chip. My wireless adapter is an Asus USB-N53. Both have the most up-to-date drivers from Broadcom and MediaTek, respectively. My wireless router is also by Asus.

    This hardware has worked very well for years. My not-so-well educated guess is that virtual drivers from either VirtualBox or VMware are the cause of this problem, even though both applications are removed.
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    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Don't know why VirtualBox or VMware would cause the problem unless it has something to do with being a USB adapter. I've used VMware for years and never caused your problem. Have it installed right now in fact.

    Have you checked their forums?
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Wireless Adapter Must Be Reinstalled After Any Changes
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