Suggestion on repairing WIFI connection on Dell laptop Answered
I've reached my wits end with this dang machine! I've been fixing my mom's laptop, and I decided to just reinstall the OS...and I've ran into the strangest problem! Suggestions are welcome!
Machine, DELL Inspiron 1525
OS, Vista Basic
The problem: I'm unable to connect to a wifi network. The PC has an internal card, but it doesn't seem to know that it exists (since OS reinstall). In the Device Manager, there is no category called Network Adapters! It's totally gone! Everything else is in the device manager, like normal, but no network stuff!!
What I've done so far:
*I checked the BIOS and everything in the wifi category is enabled.
*I ran a 'diagnose network problems' in the 'connect to a network' function. It says no driver for the device exists. I followed windows-help instructions on fixing this, but it says go to Device Manager, and select Network adapter... Unfortunetly, no such option is on the Device Manager list called Network Adapter.
I have trouble searching the web for help with this problem because most solutions are specific to XP and not Vista Basic. I try following some of the XP solutions, but Vista gave different names for the same functions (to make it harder to use...lol) and I cannot get very far before I'm lost LOL