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Wireless Adapter Must Be Reinstalled After Any Changes


Daddyman

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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?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

popeye

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

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer V3 771G-6443
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD4000 + GeForce GT 730M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" Generic PnP Display on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 pixels
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
    ADATA SSD SP900 128GB
    PSU
    90 watt brick
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Antivirus
    Comodo
    Other Info
    Asus RT-AC56R dual-band WRT router (Merlin firmware). Intel 7260.HMWWB.R dual-band ac wireless adapter.

Daddyman

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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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

popeye

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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?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer V3 771G-6443
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD4000 + GeForce GT 730M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" Generic PnP Display on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 pixels
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
    ADATA SSD SP900 128GB
    PSU
    90 watt brick
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Antivirus
    Comodo
    Other Info
    Asus RT-AC56R dual-band WRT router (Merlin firmware). Intel 7260.HMWWB.R dual-band ac wireless adapter.