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How do I set up a wireless connection with my router?


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itsmesunny

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Hi,

 

I have an older Dell 8300 Dimension Desktop that can be set up to run wirelessly but I don't know how to do it?

 

Is this a question that I can ask here in the forums?

 

 

Thanks


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Does Device Manager show that the Wireless device in the 8300 has a good driver loaded and it's working correctly (no yellow marks)?

 

Open Services and make sure Wireless Zero Config is running.

 

If you right click on My Network Places and select Properties, you should see a Wireless connection showing.


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Hi!

 

I found Device Manager.

 

3 are in Yellow. They are the same 3 I mentioned in another thread.

 

PCI Simple Communications Controller

vi\Vdeo Controller

Multimedia Audio Controller

 

If I click on Update Driver - for the first 2 I canno because it says I do not have the necessary software

 

The third one starts to update Realtek AC'97  Audio - then says it's not  Windows approved - I click do it anyway and

it says - the file 'ALCXWDM.SYS' on Realtek AC07 Audio Driver Disk is needed.

 

It  then gives 3 locations.And I don't know what to do ...

 

As for My Network Places and Properties - what comes up is Local Area Connection which is what I am using  and1394 Connection -  whatever that is I dunno -


Edited by itsmesunny, 28 November 2014 - 04:56 PM.

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1st, the 8300 does not come with a wireless network capability. You need to add a PCI or USB wireless device to do this.
 
As for the driver problems, the drivers should be here: Dell Dimension 8300

You need Modem (Simple Communications Controller), Video and Audio drivers.
 
If you don't know what they are you can use the Hardware ID to figure it out. See here for directions on doing this:

How To Find Unknown Device Drivers By Their Vendor & Device ID

 

Scroll down to The Manual Way from the Device Manager then follow directions.


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I am so confused now as to what to do that I don't know what to do.

 

I just want to install the 3 security updates that disappeared - and I think it happened when I was running Slimdrivers and eliminating duplicate files.

 

I go to the Dell support page to find out the drivers and it gives me a list. I then modify it to modem, audio and video.

Some I can. Some I cannot.

 

Do I need to fix the drivers before I fix the security updates?

 

I am completely lost as to what to do and what to do first.

 

This is being posted in both threads.


Edited by itsmesunny, 04 December 2014 - 08:41 AM.

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Security updates???  You didn't say anything about security updates previously. You asked about how to setup a wireless connection to your router.

 

Since the 8300 does not have built in wireless you need to add wireless device which I mentioned.

 

I also told you where to get drivers for the ones in Device manager that were flagged (yellow) as not working.

 

Now you talk about security updates and running slimdrivers.

 

So, let's start over and handle one problem at a time.

 

What exactly do you want to do?


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Sorry for the confusion.

 

OK. There are 3 separate issues. And 3 separate threads dealing with each issue.

1 wireless

2 drivers

3 security updates

 

And yeah, this is the wireless thread and is not important at the moment. It can wait.

 

So the 2 problems that I want to fix are the drivers and the security updates.

 

There is a thread already for each of these.

 

Should we just go to the other threads cuz the info is alreay there and just forget about this thread?

 

UPDATE:

PS I did a search on this and found a thread and a link to repair the framework. It worked. So - One problem solved! :yes:


Edited by itsmesunny, 04 December 2014 - 09:41 AM.

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Someone Lock this post.

 

There were 3 posts going for 3 separate issues.

Her issue with the MS updates is fixed.

Her wireless issue needs to be resolved with a wireless card.

The 3rd issue of missing drivers is being handled at http://www.geekstogo...-drivers/page-2


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