New SSD install in laptop, no wifi, and one driver missing.....help please.

I just swapped out my HDD on my laptop with an SSD, and did a fresh install of Windows 7 Premium. It's an Asus A53E-ES92, and I had downloaded all the drivers I thought I needed from the ASUS site
http://www.service.asus.com/#!downloads/c1wax

This is what I installed
http://imgur.com/gbwpJre

and the Network Controller is the only thing "missing"
http://imgur.com/OeLxBvN
so I'm assuming that has to be why wireless is not enabled on my laptop, yes? I sure hope so. It was working before the swap.

I didn't see anything that blatantly said network controller drivers at the ASUS site, but maybe I overlooked it. I tried not to get a bunch of the "crap" that originally came on it.

Any input or advice greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
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  1. whats listed where it says network adapters ?
  2. Here's another thing.......it's not even showing that I have a wifi adapter, just ethernet.
    http://imgur.com/FNZCXF2

    Could that also be due to the "Network Controller" drivers being missing? I'm just guessing here, but it seems there has to be a link.
  3. The WLAN_Atheros is the WiFi driver. Troubleshoot that.
  4. yeah the missing network controller is your wifi

    as you have ethernet just tell it to try and update the network controller driver from the internet

    ie--right click network controller choose update driver then choose search automatically option
  5. mcnumpty23 said:
    whats listed where it says network adapters ?

    It's not showing anything for wireless.
  6. soulweeper said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    whats listed where it says network adapters ?

    It's not showing anything for wireless.


    yeah i know but it shows you have ethernet

    so try as i said

    right click network controller choose update driver then choose search automatically option
  7. USAFRet said:
    The WLAN_Atheros is the WiFi driver. Troubleshoot that.


    This may be the problem. I went back and tried to install that "again".....figured maybe something happened and it would just write over it, or whatever, but when I tried to install it again, I got this
    http://imgur.com/SMC7BqX

    I remember clicking ok the first time, but obviously didn't see the "error", so that's where my problem is, I'm assuming.
  8. mcnumpty23 said:
    soulweeper said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    whats listed where it says network adapters ?

    It's not showing anything for wireless.


    yeah i know but it shows you have ethernet

    so try as i said

    right click network controller choose update driver then choose search automatically option


    Already tried that.....tells me to go to the manufacturers site.

    I also found this
    http://support.asus.com/Search/KDetail.aspx?SLanguage=en&no=1548222A-AA97-0DD4-7E09-C7785177ACC0&t=2

    It seems you have to have the correct driver for your model of adapter, and I have no sticker showing the model adaper I have, and it doesn't show a wireless adapter in my device manager, the way they say it should, so that could be it. I might have an Intel.....there are several drivers at the ASUS site. Could that be it?
  9. it wont show it like that image until the driver is installed

    until then it will just show as network controller
  10. try right clicking on the network controller then uninstall it

    then right click and scan for new hardware and see if it gets installed

    or go here and use the automatically detect my model--do it in internet explorer--doesnt work in some browsers like firefox

    http://support.asus.com/download/options.aspx?SLanguage=en&type=1
  11. Under the "Utilities" drivers at the ASUS site, there is a wireless console......wonder if I need that. Before I did this, and was inquiring about getting the drivers, someone in another thread said I mainly needed just the motherboard drivers, probably nothing in "Utilities", but maybe that isn't the case.

    The LAN drivers and WLAN are two different animals, correct? I did install LAN drivers, and I'm assuming that is only for ethernet, yes?
  12. soulweeper said:


    The LAN drivers and WLAN are two different animals, correct? I did install LAN drivers, and I'm assuming that is only for ethernet, yes?


    Yes. Two different entities and drivers.
  13. mcnumpty23 said:
    try right clicking on the network controller then uninstall it

    then right click and scan for new hardware and see if it gets installed



    I uninstalled it, and I tried right clicking in that same device manager window, and nothing came up. Now I'm even worse off! Where exactly do I right click, and what if it doesn't reinstall it?
  14. Ok......right clicked on Network Adapters and scanned for hardware changes, and it showed back up as Network Controller with the exclamation point, and a balloon came up and said device software wasn't installed.
  15. mcnumpty23 said:


    or go here and use the automatically detect my model--do it in internet explorer--doesnt work in some browsers like firefox

    http://support.asus.com/download/options.aspx?SLanguage=en&type=1

    I did that, but I'm in the same boat.....it shows several drivers, some Athros, some Intel, etc.

    I wonder if I should put my HDD back in, just to go look at what actual model I have, then get the exact driver??? Would that work?
  16. this software is free for 30 days and will tell you everything about your pc

    including the wireless chipset maker/model

    http://www.aida64.com/

    edit--heres the actual download page

    http://www.aida64.com/downloads
  17. I called ASUS, and surprisingly, got someone that could tell me from the serial # which adapter I had, and which drivers. I just needed the Intel drivers. Wireless works, no exclamation points in device manager. Other than that little glitch, my hard drive swap went smooth.
  18. soulweeper said:
    I called ASUS, and surprisingly, got someone that could tell me from the serial # which adapter I had, and which drivers. I just needed the Intel drivers. Wireless works, no exclamation points in device manager. Other than that little glitch, my hard drive swap went smooth.


    Identic problem (swap HDD for SDD after copying all partitions with Acronis True Image on another PC with Sata connectors). No more network, wifi, audio. Rest was surprisingly OK. (sony vaio vpc SE serie).
    Similar solution to the one found here.
    first I checked the drivers. they seemed OK.
    then, following the advice here, I simply uninstalled the adapters in device management (run devmgmt.msc in system32 & right click to uninstall). In it, as action in menu, I requested a scan for new hardware. Miracle. It worked again. Why it did not work straight away is still a mystery.
    Other than that and a request from Acronis TI to load a windows 7 driver (the PC had windows 10) that I ignored, the swap went smooth.
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