No wireless on Dell laptop

  sputnick 16 Jul 12

I have just replaced the hard drive on a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop with wireless inbuilt and now the wireless network will not work. Lan cable works fine. Device manager shows network adaptor not working. Tried driver updates from Dell and other sources but still no luck.

  difarn 16 Jul 12

Are there any function keys that you have to press to enable wifi - for examble fn f2.

Have come across this piece of advice....

"The solution was to remove (Uninstall) the Dell WLAN Management software this removes the device as well. Then Reinstall the wireless card with the Drivers ONLY.

When you download the driver it will unzip and try to install automatically; but this will only reinstall the offending software again, so you must cancel the installation after you unzip the file. When I searched for new hardware again it found the device as a Broadcom wireless card but could not install the drivers. This allows you to click Update Drivers and point to the 'drivers' folder in the location that the files were unzipped to. Once the device driver alone is installed the wireless card works immediately and finds any available networks."

May help.

  sputnick 16 Jul 12

Thanks, I`ll give that a try.

  lotvic 16 Jul 12

Is there a button switch on the casing you have to press to enable wireless? or try From the Start Menu, Select Network Connection. When the window opens, Right Click on Wireless Network Connection and Select Enable

  sputnick 16 Jul 12

Sorted!!!!! Although the correct driver was on the Dell disc windows couldn`t find it.

Unzipped driver from dell onto desktop and had to make driver update from the file.


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