Motherboard confusing wlan card in pcie 16x for a graphics card

I would be grateful if anyone could help.
I built a "htpc" (sort of) with a mITX motherboard and it only has a pcie 16x expansion slot.
I dont need a GPU because Intel HD Graphics will do just fine for what I need.
Now... I had a wlan card on my gaming desktop which I stopped using because I moved closer to where the actual ethernet cable was, and I decided to use it on this one.
Since pci slots are backwards compatible I was expecting it to work. I started up without the card and it went swell. I installed the card drivers and jammed the card in there once again, and it didnt work once more.
I'm sorry for the long text btw :s

Thanks in advance for the help.
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  1. pci wlan card card or pcie wlan card?
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  3. rgd1101 said:
    pci wlan card card or pcie wlan card?


    Well, it says it's a "Wireless PCI-E Adapter"

    Anonymous said:
    motherboard and wlan model?



    and the wlan card is ASUS PCE-N15
    the Motherboard is ASROCK B85M-ITX
  4. light doesn't light up?
  5. rgd1101 said:
    light doesn't light up?


    it does.
    the motherboard knows there's something in that slot! the problem is that it thinks it's a GPU because the onboard graphics stop returning signal.
  6. no UEFI or bios settings to set to use integrated?

    ftp://66.226.78.21/manual/B85M-ITX.pdf
    page 66
  7. rgd1101 said:
    no UEFI or bios settings to set to use integrated?


    did not check that! Didn't even thought of checking the BIOS, really..
    ~~
    Just exited the BIOS. Enabled the 'force onboard graphics' and I'l plug the WLAN card back in.
    Hope it works now ahah
  8. rgd1101 said:
    no UEFI or bios settings to set to use integrated?

    ftp://66.226.78.21/manual/B85M-ITX.pdf
    page 66


    ok, so... it didn't work with the 'force onboard' (select primary vga), however, there was another option which allowed iGPU for multi-monitor. I'll turn that on and HOPEFULLY I can at least get image with the WLAN card on.

    Then I'll just have to figure out how to make it into an actual WLAN card instead of a GPU wannabe lol


    ---

    Aaaaand it didn't work :/
    Thanks for the help, though
  9. B_Days said:
    rgd1101 said:
    no UEFI or bios settings to set to use integrated?

    ftp://66.226.78.21/manual/B85M-ITX.pdf
    page 66


    ok, so... it didn't work with the 'force onboard' (select primary vga), however, there was another option which allowed iGPU for multi-monitor. I'll turn that on and HOPEFULLY I can at least get image with the WLAN card on.

    Then I'll just have to figure out how to make it into an actual WLAN card instead of a GPU wannabe lol


    ---

    Aaaaand it didn't work :/
    Thanks for the help, though


    Hey B_Days, did you ever find a solution to this problem?
    I've got the exact same hardware as you (asus PCE-N15 with asrock B85M-ITX) and have run into exactly the same problem.
    I'd tried all the same solutions you mentioned here (I would have thought the "primary vga" option would have fixed it), but have run out of ideas...

    Really hoping you managed to find a solution.
  10. Kyle Downes said:


    Hey B_Days, did you ever find a solution to this problem?
    I've got the exact same hardware as you (asus PCE-N15 with asrock B85M-ITX) and have run into exactly the same problem.
    I'd tried all the same solutions you mentioned here (I would have thought the "primary vga" option would have fixed it), but have run out of ideas...

    Really hoping you managed to find a solution.



    I'm sorry but I had no luck with it =(
    I did search for a couple more days but since I had the option to use an ethernet cable I actually stopped looking.
    My best guess is to keep fiddling in the BIOS with the pci or iGPU options. Who knows, maybe I missed something.
    I wish you luck.
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