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My laptop (running Windows Xp) is really slow and I want to reinstall it. However, I don't know if the reinstalled Windows Xp will detect my WiFi hardware on my laptop. Please help!

asked Apr 03 '11 at 19:08

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edited Apr 03 '11 at 19:31

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If that is the only computer you use, you'll need to get the drivers before hand and save them to a disk or portable storage device first. After you reinstall you'll need the drivers before you can get online.

answered Apr 03 '11 at 19:42

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It's always a good idea to have another computer next to you when reinstalling for troubleshooting.. Make sure to ask your questions here..

(Apr 03 '11 at 23:12) Giorgio94 Giorgio94's gravatar image

After the re-installation go to the manufacturer's website and download the driver for your wireless hardware.

answered Apr 03 '11 at 19:29

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I was working on a friends computer and the samething happen to me. I went to the manufacturer's site as stated above and put all the drivers on a thumb drive.

answered Apr 03 '11 at 20:10

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You could use a program such as DriverMax http://www.drivermax.com/index.htm. Download from here There are other free progs that do a similar job, but they basically do a backup of all your drivers for you to use on a fresh installation of Windows.

answered Apr 04 '11 at 05:36

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install linux, it won't get slow + no virus's

answered Apr 04 '11 at 06:38

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That's not his question.

(Apr 04 '11 at 20:16) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

@ryebread761 But, it is an answer to his question. The Linux kernel version 2.6.38 or < most likely has the drivers for his card!

(Apr 22 '11 at 19:59) username username's gravatar image

It is very necessary to have a driver cd with you which saves your internet surfing and downloading time, otherwise ask Google uncle to help you, which is really boring if you don't get the right one + frustrating. Same thing had happened to my dad's laptop

answered Apr 04 '11 at 06:51

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If you download the drivers beforehand and save them to removable media like a usb flash drive or an external HDD. Then just insert the drive and install the drivers.

answered Apr 23 '11 at 10:36

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Last updated: Apr 23 '11 at 10:36