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I just upgraded my system to Windows 8 and, for the life of me, couldn't find the CD installer of my PCI wireless adapter, nor could I remember the make and model of it.

Any way I can find out what it is?

asked Dec 19 '12 at 17:50

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edited Dec 19 '12 at 18:01

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See where I put a red arrow at? I'd copy and paste that to Google and maybe you'll find a hit to your wireless adaptor. It helped me when I couldn't find drivers back when I had XP.alt text

answered Dec 19 '12 at 18:42

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DJ Scooby Doo

Was about to suggest similar myself.

(Dec 23 '12 at 00:02) EnvoyOfTheEnd EnvoyOfTheEnd's gravatar image

If it's a custom built computer you will need to hope that there's a logo on the physical hardware.

If it's a prebuilt computer, you'll need to check the model number with the manufacturer. You could just try random drivers, since for most chips by one manufacturer there's a universal driver.

Try the drivers from the following if you can't work out by checking manually: Atheros







there may be more and if I think of more I shall update this list

answered Dec 19 '12 at 18:04

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Tim Fontana

edited Dec 19 '12 at 18:05

Yes, it's a custom built but i couldn't remember which wireless adapter i used for this specific pc i'm working on.

When i was with Windows 7, i never bothered having to know that kind of wireless card i had since Windows 7 pretty much had the drivers for it but for some reason, Windows 8 does not. #facepalm

I'll try what you suggested. But i'll still be on the lookout for other replies. Thanks, Tim.

(Dec 19 '12 at 18:11) iamEboyBautista iamEboyBautista's gravatar image

You could look inside the computer if it is a card that you installed yourself. It would tell you on the card what model it is?

(Dec 20 '12 at 02:32) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Just simply open the machine up if it is a custome bult and take a look on the side of where the wireless networking card is. And it will give you the model of it. Then head straight to the manufactrer and into their support section for the drivers. I usually double check if I am not too sure which specific model of wireless nic card that I use for my older laptops. So simply checking the model of the wireless card like for yours it is an easy thing to just peak into the case. That Is what I do over here.

(Dec 23 '12 at 08:31) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

Here in the states the FCC make them put stickers on them with serial and part numbers. You can get just about any info on the component with a part number.

answered Dec 23 '12 at 07:24

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