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Okay here's my dilemma. I went to reinstall my OS a couple weeks ago because I bought a SSD and I wanted to use it as a boot drive. I changed the settings in the BIOS to AHCI, since I was running a RAID at the time and reinstalled. From that point on my wireless card has had enormous trouble detecting the network, let alone maintaining a connection. The card in question...a Dlink DWA-556 PCIE card which to this point hasn't given me a problem.

I have an old Dlink WDA-1320 PCI card lying around so I plugged it in and got a connection no problem. I had the other card for a number of years so I figured it might have died. I bought an Asus PCE-N13 PCIE card to replace it. Plugged the new card in, and got the same erratic behavior from it.

After a few days of troubleshooting, I'm at my wits end. I've tried setting everything back in the BIOS and everywhere else to the way things were before the reinstall (including disconnecting the SSD), reinstalling numerous times (including an attempt with Win XP which the old card used to work in), and trying different PCIE slots in the motherboard, all to no avail. I also took both of the PCIE cards to another desktop to try them out and they BOTH work perfectly. Also within the same room as my desktop, my laptop and cell phone both connect without issue.

I'm open to ideas to try, but I'm increasingly suspecting the Motherboard, the only caveat being that the cards are still recognized by the system. This is defying logic. Please tell me this isn't PEBKAC.
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post #2 of 6
Have you tried doing a clear CMOS? Sometimes BIOS changes can corrupt data in the CMOS.
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Yes, I tried that too. After doing so I only changed a couple options in the bios, like the HD controller mode and turning off the full screen logo during post. None of the changes should affect add in cards.
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post #4 of 6
Maybe that particular driver version is the issue? Are you using the same one you were before reinstalling windows?
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post #5 of 6
Creative Pci-e cards have a similar problem detecting the cards with a ssd installed. Have a look at its irq assignments. did you disable the onboard
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Last time I installed win 7 the default driver that windows installs for the card worked right away. I tried downloading the newest version on another computer for both cards, but they don't work either.

I've unhooked the SSD now, I'm running the computer off an old Maxtor hard drive, but that didn't make a difference. There's no onboard wlan card but I'll try disabling the LAN cards when I get home from work.
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