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[Inspiron 1525] Wireless Network Adapter missing

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I had  to  Reinstall my windows Vista OS. My WNA was working prior to the OS reinstallation, so I  am  confused a bit. I have no idea how to reinstall drivers in  order that dell gives me. I have downloaded the drivers from the  Dell downloads section;however,  I don't know what to do next. I tried to go  to device manager and  find network adapter, but  it does not appear, only  an "other"  section with some ! marks next to them. Can someone explain how to do   the step by step  process or link me  to a support article? Thanks.

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  • omarss

    like base controller (x3)

    For that, install the driver at the following location:

    http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&releaseid=R166187&SystemID=INS_PNT_PM_1525&servicetag=&os=WLH&osl=en&deviceid=1134&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=1&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=1&libid=27&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&fileid=224383

    omarss

    video controller

    For that, install the driver at the following location:

    http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&releaseid=R180254&SystemID=INS_PNT_PM_1525&servicetag=&os=WLH&osl=en&deviceid=12618&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=2&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=1&libid=6&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&fileid=245580

    omarss

    What are these...?

    They are some of the other devices in your system that don't have drivers installed on them.  By not installing drivers on them, you may not experience some performance enhancements that you would otherwise experience.

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  • Did you already solve your problem?  If not, which wireless adapter is in your Inspiron 1525?

  • I've no clue. :x

    But this is the system configuration for my laptop:

    1 RM659 Processor, T2370, 1.73, 1MB Pentium Merom Dual Core, M0
    1 NK750 Keyboard, 86, United States English, Single, Pointing Barents
    0 01323 INFORMATION..., NO ITEM
    1 NN491 GUIDE..., OWNER..., INSPIRON..., 1526, ENGLAND/ENGLISH...
    1 RU994 PLACEMAT..., GETTING STARTED..., INSPIRON..., 1526, DAO/BCC
    1 YK181 Guide, Product, Information Client, DAO/BCC
    1 DF771 CORD..., Power, 125, 1M, C7, 2P Dual, United States
    1 FK454 Kit, Earphone, BUDS, Notebook XPS-M1210
    1 JR356 Card, Wireless, Minicard, DW1395 4312BG
    1 KY052 Assembly, Dvd+/-rw, 8X, IDE SPSY, Hitachi Lg Data Storage
    1 WX675 Hard Drive, 120GB, Serial ATA 9.5, 5.4K, SA120
    1 PP896 Kit, Software, Dell Media Direct3.5, Digital Video Disk Drive INS
    1 FW331 Kit, Remote Control, Notebook Mobile 2008, Philips
    1 M143C Cable, CMRA/MIC, SPEARS
    1 NN784 Assembly, Camera, 2M, Integrated Manufactured In China Latin America, M085
    1 XT981 Bezel, Liquid Crystal Display Silver, 15.4, W/CMRA
    1 HP277 Battery, Primary, 28WHR, 4C Lithium, SANYO
    1 RP636 Liquid Crystal Display 15.4WXGA, Video Elec. Stds. Assoc., True Life, Samsung
    1 WK446 KIT..., Bracket, Liquid Crystal Display, Metal, Spears
    1 WK447 Assembly, Cable, Liquid Crystal Display, 15.4, Spears/Skye
    1 R020C Kit, Software, Works, 9, English
    4 2864D Screw, M3X3, K SCREW HEAD..., MICROSOFT..., BLACK OXIDE...
    1 U990C ASSEMBLY..., BASE (ASSEMBLY OR GROUP)..., NOTEBOOK..., MODEM..., A1, 1525
    1 XR733 Assembly, Bracket, Hard Drive Spears/Skye
    1 HX425 Kit, Software, Overpack, VHP32 A01, Digital Video Disk Drive England
    2 Y9525 Dual In-line Memory Module 512MB, 667, 64X64, 8K, 200
    1 CF745 Assembly, Adapter, Alternating Current, 65W, Mobile 2007 Delta - Ac Adapt, World Wide
    1 NN198 Heatsink, Central Processor Unit, Notebook, Unified Memory Architecture, 1525
    1 RU676 Assembly, Cover, Liquid Crystal Display, UPSELL, Black, SPEAR
    6 NN783 Bumper, Liquid Crystal Display Rubber, Arctic Silver, SPEARS
    1 FU289 Assembly, Cover, Hinge, Plastic 1525

  • I was able to figure it out.  Big Smile

    Go here and download the file from that location:

    http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&releaseid=R174292&SystemID=INS_PNT_PM_1525&servicetag=&os=WLH&osl=en&deviceid=15680&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=1&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=1&libid=5&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&fileid=236824

    After you finish downloading it, copy it to your Vista system with a USB key and run it from the USB key.  Let me know if you don't know how to do that.

    You should see a window that says something like "Network: Dell Wireless 1370 WLAN....."  Click continue on that window.  Then it will show "C:\dell\drivers\R174292".  Click OK.  It might say that C:\dell\drivers\R174292 does not exist and ask you if you want to create it, click "Yes".  Then you'll see an overall progress thing moving...  Then it will say "All files were successfully unzipped".  Click OK.  Then it will start running the installation.  Just follow the instructions and do a reboot afterwards.

    Let me know if you need more help after that.

     

     

     

  • Thanks, I'll try that. However, something else is also troubling me. Along with my missing network adapter, I also  have a few other items in  the "other devices" section under network adapters; like base controller (x3), video controller and another which I forgot. What are these...?

  • omarss

     

    I have downloaded the drivers from the  Dell downloads section;however,  I don't know what to do next.

     

    Erm... install them Idea

     

    omarss

     

    ... something else is also troubling me.

    Along with my missing network adapter, I also  have a few other items in  the "other devices" section under network adapters; like base controller (x3), video controller and another which I forgot.

    What are these...?

     

    See above advice Big Smile

     

     

    Drivers need to be installed (n the order advised in the link below) before the respective hardware will be recognised properly by the system.

    Drivers installation order.

     

    Once you've installed the drivers you downloaded, most of the devices which had yellow exclamation marks next to them in Device Manager, should now be recognised and working properly?

    If there are still one or two which aren't, try right-clicking on them, and selecting the 'Update Driver Software/Automatically' (or however it's worded) first.

    If no drivers are found, you need to get them off the Dell website.

     

    Some drivers may not include a setup/install file though.

    Drivers for hardware for which there is no driver setup/install file, have to be installed via Device Manager.

    Right-click on the component, again select the 'Update Driver Software' option, but this time select the 'Browse my Computer' option.

    'Browse' to the folder into which you downloaded the respective drivers, and double-click on the file the system is looking for - i.e. an INF file.

     

    If you still have driver problems, let us know what they are - specifically, and we can advise you further.

    Good luck meantime Wink

    From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!

     

    XPS M1730:

    Smoke Grey Magnesium Alloy Chassis - with White LED Backlights
    17" UltraSharp WUXGA Widescreen TFT (1920 x 1200) with TrueLife
    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9300 @ 2.50GHz (800 MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache)
    4GB (2x 2GB) Patriot Signature PC2-5400 @ 667MHz
    DUAL 512MB Nvidia 8800M GTX cards in SLi + 128MB Ageia PhysX
    640GB SATA II (2x 320GB WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm)
    8x Super-Multi DVD±RW
    Creative X-Fi Notebook (ExpressCard) + Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
    Integrated 2MP Webcam
    Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module
    Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card
    TV Tuner and Dell Travel Remote Control
    4-in-1 Flash Card Reader (SSD/MMC/MS Pro/xD)

    230W AC Adapter / 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

    Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)

  • omarss

    like base controller (x3)

    For that, install the driver at the following location:

    http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&releaseid=R166187&SystemID=INS_PNT_PM_1525&servicetag=&os=WLH&osl=en&deviceid=1134&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=1&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=1&libid=27&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&fileid=224383

    omarss

    video controller

    For that, install the driver at the following location:

    http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&releaseid=R180254&SystemID=INS_PNT_PM_1525&servicetag=&os=WLH&osl=en&deviceid=12618&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=2&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=1&libid=6&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&fileid=245580

    omarss

    What are these...?

    They are some of the other devices in your system that don't have drivers installed on them.  By not installing drivers on them, you may not experience some performance enhancements that you would otherwise experience.

  • Thank you tester, you've been of great help. My wiifii is up and running thank to you, greatly appreciate it.

  • Excellent.  Glad I could help.  Can you mark this thread as solved?