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Cannot find Windows 7 wifi driver

Post by thedarkboy77 » Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:09 am

Hello, I installed Linux mint and Windows 7 a few days ago on my Asus X551MA laptop after my hard drive died. On my old hard drive, I had Windows 8.1. On Linux mint, all of my drivers were automatically installed, except for the screen-off/closed-lid driver. On Windows 7, my wifi pci doesn't work. Its registered number is ER0042864/10 and the dealer number is DA0042862/10. I tried to install multiple drivers and none of them works. On Linux mint, the driver installed is the rt2800pci. Does anyone know the equivalent driver for Windows 7?
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Re: Cannot find Windows 7 wifi driver

Post by JeremyB » Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:21 am

See if there is anything on Ralink or Mediatek websites

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Re: Cannot find Windows 7 wifi driver

Post by Pierre » Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:54 am

that Windows Operating System can be a real PiTA,,
- when it won't install from it's available list of Hardware Drivers,
so, you do need to determine just what the make & model no. of that WiFi card,
and then get the appropriate driver from the hardware manufacturers site.

this, is often not as straight-forward as it may seem, as you then need to run a Hardware Detection Program,
in order to get the correct Hardware Information, in order to find the correct Hardware Driver Software.

- - in that I've spent many frustrating hours, in finding the correct Hardware Driver Software,
for many Windows Based Computers, that have come across my desk. . ..

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Re: Cannot find Windows 7 wifi driver

Post by Portreve » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:24 am

Bear in mind also that the manufacturer may not have ever bothered to release a driver for an older version of Windows.

Usually, if you try to "downgrade" a system to a version of Windows it didn't come with, you're just asking for trouble.
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Re: Cannot find Windows 7 wifi driver

Post by deanr72 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:39 am

This worked a treat for me. I downloaded and unzipped it on Mint and then ran it in windows. Perfect!

https://driverpack-solution-online.en.softonic.com/

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Re: Cannot find Windows 7 wifi driver

Post by Pierre » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:58 am

Yeah - - I've also used that since my win-xp days.

from memory - the programmer / company is Russian Based :o
& as such, there would be heaps of American Folks, who would have an issue with using their product.
- - at one stage, of my use-age, there was an issue with the Help System not being English Based - - ie: Russian.
yeah - that did, indeed take a bit of guesswork, when reading those Program Screens ( next / cancel / pause )

originally - - it was called "DriverPackSolutionsOffine",
- as it was an Off-Line Solution to all of your win-xp Driver issues.
these days, it's only available as an On-Line Solution:
https://drp.su/en OR https://driverpacksolutiononline.com/
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Re: Cannot find Windows 7 wifi driver

Post by AndyMH » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:42 pm

When I had a problem with win7 missing drivers, I used this:

https://www.drivereasy.com/
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Re: Cannot find Windows 7 wifi driver

Post by Portreve » Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:51 pm

I would *never* trust drivers coming from some random, quite probably inscrutable 3rd party, and I think you'd have to be out of your mind to use anything coming from Russia that wasn't highly-vetted open-source.
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Re: Cannot find Windows 7 wifi driver

Post by thedarkboy77 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:04 am

I finally managed to make my wifi work on Windows 7. It was asking to download and install from Windows Update.

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Re: Cannot find Windows 7 wifi driver

Post by Pierre » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:16 am

that's good - - that windows update sometimes does actually fix things
8)
chuck in an Restore Point for good measure, as you know things are currently working A.ok.
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