More ramblings...

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Right after I posted about how I thought it foolish that a Mac I worked  
on did not report a SMART error...

I was working on a PC that one minute died and the next, the drive was  
dead. No SMART error was reported.

The conclusion: Everything will fail.

My next project was adding a wireless card to a PC I'm going to give away.

Out of the 6 or so in my junk box, only got one working with Win7

When I let Windows search for the driver on-line...none were found  
...but they are new enough that there should be support.

Just for the heck of it I tried another Win7 machine and all but one had  
drivers .

What the heck?

My conclusion:

Time to take a break.

Re: More ramblings...

On 9/6/2015 3:54 PM, philo wrote:
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Sounds like the first machine is misidentifying the new hardware for some  
reason. Honestly, I don't know if that could be a problem with the BIOS or  
the MB hardware or just the phase of the moon. From what you write it  
should be possible to determine which drivers the second machine found  
acceptable and then pre-load them onto the first and then force it to pick  
the right one.

Re: More ramblings...

On 09/06/2015 03:05 PM, John McGaw wrote:
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It really is weird.

Both machines are running Win7 32 bit

I could possibly understand if there was some type of hardware problem  
with the mobo and it would have been impossible to install any wireless  
card...but doggone it , one worked.

Since the machine needed to go on-line to find the drivers...maybe it  
was simply a problem with Microsoft's the 2nd machine (where  
they worked) was used a few days later.

Maybe I should try the first machine over again?

Re: More ramblings...

On 9/6/2015 9:22 PM, philo wrote:
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Probably can't hurt to try beyond spending a bit of time but can't you just  
copy the relevant driver(s) from the second machine to the first and then  
force it to pick the correct one for the install? Wouldn't answer the  
underlying question but it should get the job done.

Re: More ramblings...

On 09/07/2015 08:43 AM, John McGaw wrote:
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Well the guy picked up the machine early this morning so I won't be able  
to experiment. I did fire it up to confirm that it was working OK  
though. One thing I did at least was to test all my wireless cards and  
get rid of a few dead or obsolete ones.

BTW: Now that I am in a clean-up mode I'm wondering what to do with the  
big box of 3C905 net cards that do not have support in Win7 and up

Re: More ramblings...

On 9/7/2015 2:55 PM, philo wrote:
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No idea what to do with them. A few months ago I finally gave up and took a  
Subie full of 'stuff' from the hardware archive AKA the junk closet to the  
local recycling center (where they probably headed straight to some slum in  
India or Bangladesh). Loads of cards, power supplies, a printer, a  
driverless HP SCSI-interface scanner and other miscellany finally left the  

Re: More ramblings...

On 09/07/2015 05:11 PM, John McGaw wrote:

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We have metal scavengers going down the alley with pick up trucks...
so if I have computers or other metal junk to get rid of I just put it  
next to the trash can and it's usually gone within a few hours.

If it potentially has any value though, such as my entire darkroom which  
I had not used in 15 years...I put it on Craig's List.

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