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  1. #230


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello OldGrantonian,

    It should be the LAN network driver from Dell for your computer model number. If you're not sure which one, then post back with the model number of your Dell computer, and I'll be happy to help find it.

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  2. #231


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello OldGrantonian,

    It should be the LAN network driver from Dell for your computer model number. If you're not sure which one, then post back with the model number of your Dell computer, and I'll be happy to help find it.
    My model number is Inspiron 17R 5720. There are 11 network drivers on the page I'm looking at:

    Product Support | Dell US

    I would be grateful if you could tell me which driver I need.
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  3. #232


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    You could check in Device Manager to see what the network adapter is to compare it to the list of available drivers to help.
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  4. #233


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You could check in Device Manager to see what the network adapter is to compare it to the list of available drivers to help.
    As I mentioned earlier, there are no network adapters in Device Manager.

    I have an item labelled "Other devices" with 7 contents, all marked with yellow exclamation mark:

    BCM431A0
    Ethernet Controller
    Network Controller
    PCI Simple Communications Controller
    SM Bus Controller
    Universal Serial Bus Controller
    USB 2.0-CRW

    Could you please have a look at the 11 Network adapters in the link I posted earlier, and advise which one(s) to download and transfer to my other laptop. I don't mind transferring all of them, but maybe that will cause later problems because I need to install all the other items such as BIOS, Chipset, in correct sequence. Note that there are 33 drivers in total for Win 7 (repeat Win 7, not Win 8).
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  5. #234


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    With the specs below,...

    New Inspiron 17R Laptop ? 3rd Gen, 17" Laptop with SWITCH lids | Dell

    Wireless

    Wi-Fi Bluetooth Options:
    Dell Wireless 1703 802.11n + BT 4.0
    Dell Wireless 1704 802.11n + BT 4.0
    Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230 + BT 4.0

    Wired communications
    Integrated Ethernet 10/100


    .. I would start with the latest version of these.

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  6. #235


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    .. I would start with the latest version of these.
    Dell Wireless 1703 Wi-Fi+ BT Driver Driver Details | Dell US
    Dell DW1704 WiFi and Bluetooth Driver Driver Details | Dell US
    Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 WLAN Driver Driver Details | Dell US
    Intel N-2230 Wi-Fi and BT Driver Driver Details | Dell US
    Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver Driver Details | Dell US

    Everything now looks fine. Many thanks for all the help and hand-holding

    The following comments might sound negative, but they are intended to encourage people who might have some difficulties.

    The first two drivers in your list announced that they had failed. But when I opened Device Manager to see what had happened, there were several additions to "Network adapters". (In a previous post, I mentioned that there was no branch called "Network adapters".)

    I noticed that I had an internet connection. That was the main objective. Since then, I've been successfully adding one driver at a time (for safety), in the recommended sequence, with a reboot after each addition.

    Two other network drivers in the recommended list also failed. But it seemed to me that further additions appeared in Device Manager. The video driver said that my bog-standard adapter was the recommended adapter. (But see later.)

    Half-way through the drivers, I thought that I should try to activate my £45 eBay "Genyoowine Widnows 7 Home Preemium".

    I tried to activate Windows, using Start > R-click Computer > Properties

    I saw no option "Change Product Key". On the Windows Validation site, I clicked "Validate Now". Said "Your Windows is genuine".

    I then noticed that 169 updates were installing themselves without my permission - but I let them continue.

    So, I never entered any Product Code, but I have genuine Windows 7, with updates. Maybe I should have bought the £1 eBay offer

    BTW: I've been installing, re-installing, repair-installing, upgrading, and downgrading Windows since version 3.1. I have never at any time been asked to provide a Product Key.

    At random intervals, further Windows updates were added. Latest update caused my Display Adapters in Device Manager to change from "Standard VGA adapter" to "Intel HD Graphics 4000".

    The next time I downgrade from Win 8 to Win 7, I think I'll just press the button and leave it to do everything itself, without my interfering.
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  7. #236


    Beloit, Wisconsin
    Posts : 125
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Thanks for the information. Worked Great!
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  8. #237


    Central West (near Orange) NSW
    Posts : 300
    8 Pro desk 1 (SB) 7 Home desk 2 (IB) 8 Pro Lap 1


    Oh dear I wished I had known about this tutorial when I bought my new laptop with 8 on it as the resulting time consuming, irritating problems including the activation and verification issues I had with the seller to install 7 instead could have been so avoided
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  9. #238


    Posts : 1
    windows 7


    Great post! I am having trouble with a PC that came with Win8 where I formatted and installed Win7. The computer has UEFI bios. I got Win7 installed and running, appears that all drivers are installed properly. My problem is the computer runs VERY slow. takes 1-5 minutes to open a browser or program. I have ran virus scans, checked HD for errors, malware scans, all windows updates installed, java updated... I have tried everything I can think of... Any suggestions on where to look for my problem?

    Gateway DX4860-UR28
    Core i5
    8gb Ram
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  10. #239


    Central West (near Orange) NSW
    Posts : 300
    8 Pro desk 1 (SB) 7 Home desk 2 (IB) 8 Pro Lap 1


    Hello sodbrother mate try some of these I find they slash a fair bit of time off the machines boot and performance times.
    Optimize Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums

    if you have problems too I suggest you hop over to the 7 forum too - run by the same folks and we are all mostly in the 7 8 & 10 forums you will find
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