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01-20-2014 12:02 PM
I tried the WLAN driver at the link you provided. I still get the same results, networks are available but I'm unable to connect to them. I uninstalled this driver and used the most updated driver from the MediaTek website. Under Windows downloads, it is the first one listed: http://mediatek.com/_en/07_downloads/01_windows.php As you can see from the link, the RT3290 is listed in the part number description and Win 7 64 is listed as an OS.This seems to be an updated version of the driver I downloaded from your link on the HP website. It has the same Provider, Ralink Technology, Corp, with a later date and version. I am now on 126.96.36.199. As you can see, the RT3290 is listed in the part number description and Win 7 64 is listed as an OS.
Ugh! This is so frustrating. Is it possible that this hardware is truly incompatible with Windows 7?
01-20-2014 12:50 PM
Yes it is frustrating but your notebook should be able to run W7 64 bit in all respects.
Do me one last favor and go to the device manager, click on the Ralink wireless card and post the hardware ID for it.
Use this guide to find the hardware ID.
It is way too early in the game to give up.
I have some questions...since you did not know where to find the drivers for your notebook, you may need to reinstall W7 and start fresh.
Should it come to that, there is a specific order you need to install certain drivers in order for everything to work in harmony. It is like building a house. You start with the foundation and work your way up. One does not start with the roof and then build the basement.
The preferred and recommended order of driver installation is as follows (and you may have to use a usb flash drive to install the drivers).
Using the drivers from the g6t-2000 driver page above...
1. Intel Chipset Installation Utility. Install and reboot.
2. Intel HD graphics driver. Install and reboot.
3. Audio driver. Install and reboot.
4. Realtek LAN driver.
Then install the Ralink wireless and bluetooth drivers I posted.
USB 3.0 driver.
Card reader driver.
Intel Management Engine driver.
01-20-2014 01:08 PM - edited 01-20-2014 01:11 PM
I sure hope it doesn't come down to a reinstall of Windows 7. It took an entire day to get all the updates on it. Thanks again!
01-20-2014 01:13 PM
Yes, that is definitely a RT3290 WLAN card you have in there. No mistake.
If it were me, I would redo the whole thing.
If you know you did not install the drivers I listed in that order, all kinds of wierd things can be happening such as the wireless not working.
There should be no reason any of those drivers aren't working (unless the wlan card is defective).
01-20-2014 01:23 PM - edited 01-20-2014 01:23 PM
I will first try to uninstall and reinstall drivers in the order you specified. If that doesn't work, it's back to the drawing board. The problem is that this is not my lapatop. I was asked to install Windows 7 on it as a favor. I would not have touched it with a 10 foot pole had I known that HP does not support Win 7 on it. And thank you again!!!