01-01-2014 07:12 AM
i have a m7580n and i have currently installed windows 8.1 pro... i have had xp,7, ubuntu and linux mint all recently on this machine before i wiped my hard drive and installed windows 8... this netwark adapter was instantly read by all those os the moment the machine booted and i had no issues, but for some reason windows 8 no luck, i have installed all windows updates, all of them, i have tried everything i can think of with no luck. Will someone please help me get this to work?....also it says the device cannot start if that helps
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01-01-2014 08:04 AM
I doubt that the wireless card in your PC will run W8 due to its age but please go to the device manager, click on the device and post the hardware ID for it so I can see who made the wireless chip.
That way I can see if there are any W8 drivers out there that you can try for it.
Use this guide for where to find the hardware ID for a device.
01-01-2014 08:28 AM
That's what I thought it was--an old Atheros 5001 wireless chip.
Unfortunately, there are no W8 drivers for that wireless adapter.
I have one idea we can try but before we proceed, I need to know if you installed W8 32 or 64 bit.
01-01-2014 08:45 AM - edited 01-01-2014 08:46 AM
Download and run this Vista driver file.
If the network adapter installs, great.
Go to the device manager and click on the network controller needing drivers.
Click on the driver tab. Click on Update Driver. Select the Browse My Computer for Driver Software and browse to the driver folder that was created when you ran the file.
That will be located in C:\SWsetup\sp34931.
Make sure the Include subfolders box is checked and see if the driver installs that way.
If not, then go back and repeat the last step but this time select Let Me Pick from a list of Device Drivers. Select Have Disk and browse to the same file #\source folder and select the netathrx information file.
Then select the HP 802.11b/g Wireless Network Adapter from the list of devices you see.
If that doesn't work, you will need to purchase an updated WLAN card, and I suggest you go with an external usb one.
01-01-2014 09:16 AM
That's not a problem either.
Download and save the file but don't run it.
Download and install the free 7-zip file utility from the link below.
After you install 7-zip, right click on the HP driver file and select the 7-zip option from the list and have 7-zip extract the contents of the fle into a folder.
I usually select the option to unzip it into the file name of the folder which in this case is sp34931.
Then just browse to wherever that folder is on your PC and follow step 2 (and 3 if you have to).