This is a non investment post so for regular readers you might want to skip this. But If you face similar problem do read on.
So far my setup for my AMD Athlon 2 X3 Rig was good until I try to reuse my DLink DWL-G520+ Wireless PCI Adapter. The thing about these old USB Adapters is that they have reached the End of Life and DLink will not provide drivers for Windows 7.
Try as you might you will not be able to find anything that works. Me too. Until I found this.
Apparently Microsoft didn’t explain to us how some of their troubleshooting compatibility functionality work. What happens is that even though you don’t have drivers compatible with Windows 7, Windows 7 will make them work.
What I did is to make my Windows XP DWL-G520+ Wireless PCI Adapter drivers to work with Windows 7.
If you install your wireless usb adapters normally will click the setup.
However, it failed when I was told to connect the adapter. It came up with a “Driver not installed” error. I missed a screenshot so you will have to take my word for it. the upshot of it was that it was unable to detect the adapter.
In other instances, when you go to Device Manager you will still find your DLink Wireless Adapter as Unknown Network Device.
What you need to do is to run your Dlink Windows XP Wireless Adapter Setup but not normal way.Right Click on Setup and Choose Troubleshoot Compatibility.
Then Choose Troubleshoot program.
Ignoring the TRY RECOMMENDED SETTINGS OPTION, I opted for TROUBLESHOOT PROGRAM.
On the next screen, I took the first option. It had indeed worked in earlier versions of Windows.
Next, specified the drivers that were working before. For me it was with Windows XP. You can choose Windows Vista if you can STILL find it.
I then clicked the handy “START THE PROGRAM” button.
Setup will then install the drivers. You should then see that Windows 7 is able to detect the drivers and you will be able to connect via the DLink Wireless Adapter
Thats it! If you will have any problems leave a comment here and i will help you where possible.
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