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(Solved) - How to install network adapter driver on windows 7?

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  • Started 1 year ago by Elf
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Elf
Elf
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I just did a clean installation of Windows 7 Home Premium. I need to find out how to get the drivers needed on that machine. I can't even connect to the internet with it to download them from the laptop itself.

Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1
AMD E-300 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.30 GHz
Installed memory: 4 GB
System: 64-bit OS

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presence1960
presence1960
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When ever doing a clean install you should have your drivers BEFORE you do the installation. Now you will have to use another machine and download the drivers you need from the manufacturer's website. Lesson learned!

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afuhnk
afuhnk
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If it's a 'custom built' pc (as in, not branded [Acer, Dell, HP etc]) you will have to check the motherboard and look for the brand (ASUS, Intel, Gigabyte etc) AND the product number (ie ASUS P8P67, Intel DH67CL etc), the go to the brand's support website, search for the product and download the driver.

If it's a brand pc, simply go to the brand's support website and search for the model # of your pc, get drivers from there.

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Designing5
Designing5
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I'm the one who did the clean installation Presence. This is not the first time I've done it either. I'm using my PC to post this question and my laptop with the missing drivers is next to me. This PC is my other machine and I got no problem with downloading the drivers however, I am just curious why it is that Windows didn't auto detect the drivers. I guess I learned that lesson a long time ago.

This is my mom's computer and it had Windows 8 on it. I formatted the drive and converted the GPT disk to MBR. I just wanted to know if anyone here could point me in the right direction to download my specific drivers. Thanks!

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afuhnk
afuhnk
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In this case, go to the laptops' manufacturer site, search for your model on the support page and get the drivers there.

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Designing5
Designing5
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Hello "afuhnk". It is actually a Toshiba Satellite like this one
I will head to their site then and download them there then if that IS the solution. Thanks!

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afuhnk
afuhnk
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http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi.....1073768663

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presence1960
presence1960
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You are missing a few drivers. based on the info given in the original post is why I answered how I did. It does not matter who did the installation because all I had to go by was what was posted by Elf.

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Designing5
Designing5
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How come I don't see the drivers that I need from this list?? All I see is this. Am I missing something here?
I thought that I would see the missing drivers from my list (network controller, etc)

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presence1960
presence1960
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Your machine may have been made to run Windows 8. Toshiba may not have written device drivers for the hardware in that machine for other versions of windows.

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afuhnk
afuhnk
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I tried selecting Windows 7 x64 and most drivers were not listed.
If you DON'T select any OS from the list, the Wireless drivers are listed.
Try installing those.

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presence1960
presence1960
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I own a satellite c655. It came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I clean installed Windows 8 Pro and all devices worked after the installation. I guess the hardware for some windows 8 machines is not backward compatible with previous windows versions with some OEMs. I would contact Toshiba for a definitive answer on that question.

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Designing5
Designing5
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Completely understood Presence. You are also right when you say that someone should have the drivers before doing this, however, as far as I knew, Windows 7 always detected the drivers automatically. Elf is actually my cousin. He started doing a partition on Windows 8 and something went wrong. I clean installed W7 and expected everything to be just fine. It just so happens that it didn't. Tough luck...

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Designing5
Designing5
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I will do just that Presence. I appreciate your advice. Thanks a lot!

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presence1960
presence1960
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when you click to download as afuhnk suggests a description of the driver appears first and it says it is a windows 8 driver for the LAN (both Atheros versions).

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presence1960
presence1960
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Not your fault. In previous versions of windows you would not be having this problem. MS has really tightened the screws on OEMs, just like they did when OEMs were selling machines with no OS and linux preinstalled. MS threatened to raise the rate they charge OEMs for windows OS unless they stopped or drastically cut back on production of such machines.

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Designing5
Designing5
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I see. That sure makes a lot of sense. I must admit that this is pretty smart on their part. Is it still your suggestion to get in contact with them or should I download the W8 version of the drivers?

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afuhnk
afuhnk
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Can't hurt. Try the ones listed NOT under any OS.
I mean.. they are gonna work, or they wont.

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Designing5
Designing5
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You're right. I'll do that. Thanks a lot guys! I hope you guys have a wonderful night!

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presence1960
presence1960
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let us know if the windows 8 drivers worked or not!

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