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why did my wlan adapter not work until windows 10 was installed?

br1ckhouse 337 50 June 20, 2016 at 02:05 PM
my 3147 inspiron crashed last week and I swapped out the hard drive and reinstalled 8.1 using the recovery disk. I installed the network driver but the internal wlan card wasn't working.

I've tried running troubleshooting, taking the wifi card out and reseating it, reinstalling the drivers. I used an usb wlan adapter to get internet to the device and installed all drivers that I could (I couldn't get one of the chipset drivers to install) and as many windows updates as I could. After having windows 8.1 fully updated and nearly all of the drivers installed (included network drivers) the onboard wlan adapter still wasn't working.

I was convinced that the oem dell wlan adapter was broken until I did the final update to windows 10. this morning, after windows 10 was installed, the onboard wlan started to work again. any ideas what happened here?

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Has to be driver/software related. Be glad it seems to work now and move on. Not worth your time to speculate on why it didn't work and does now. As long as it keeps working just keep doing what you do.

For the future you could have gone direct to W10 instead of doing a W8 install, update and update to W10.
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Has to be driver/software related. Be glad it seems to work now and move on. Not worth your time to speculate on why it didn't work and does now. As long as it keeps working just keep doing what you do.

For the future you could have gone direct to W10 instead of doing a W8 install, update and update to W10.
I only had a windows 8.1 install disk on hand at the time and it took a while before I had access to a second machine.
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Has to be driver/software related. Be glad it seems to work now and move on. Not worth your time to speculate on why it didn't work and does now. As long as it keeps working just keep doing what you do.

For the future you could have gone direct to W10 instead of doing a W8 install, update and update to W10.
does that work if the key embedded in the bios is expecting a 8.1 OS?
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does that work if the key embedded in the bios is expecting a 8.1 OS?
Yes it does.
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drivers my dear sir. drivers.
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drivers my dear sir. drivers.
yes, if you read the first post, I installed drivers.
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yes, if you read the first post, I installed drivers.
actually there are always a few drivers for one hardware. you must not have installed the right one. actually happened to me once. downloaded the wrong drivers from the manufacturers site because they had a few for one hardware.
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I only had a windows 8.1 install disk on hand at the time and it took a while before I had access to a second machine.

does that work if the key embedded in the bios is expecting a 8.1 OS?
It does right now during the "upgrade" period.
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