I would like to upgrade to VISTA but I ran the Vista Advisor and it says my old 3COM NIC will not work under Vista and it is soooo old I doubt that it would ever be supported anyway. So time to buy a new card but which on? I have a 3MB DSL through Verizon and the NIC is running though my Linksys router and I would like to receive recommendations of brands and models of NIC's that are already certified to run VISTA. Any help would be appreciated.
Wow it looks like I have been handed another reason not to upgrade to vista.
To me there is no way a good functioning nic should not work in a new os.
It's ms doing the cash grab with the hardware certification, that an that alone.
Not quite suer if that would have anything to do with it, but Vista's networking functions have been completely rewritten. Oh, and every time there's a major OS upgrade driver support for older hardware is spotty at best. If you apply your logic, nobody would be using XP now (when it came out it had a slew of compatibility issues).
To the original poster, for the past couple years pretty much everything [a casual user] needs is built-in on the mobo. So maybe it's time for a more substantial upgrade - Vista and all (as in it is somewhat resource hungry and I imagine your mobo and thus probably processor are a bit dated).
I have thought about that a bit but I'm not quite ready to spend the kind of money I need to spend to get the system I want. Pretty much my system is probably adequate to run Vista for now with the potential of upgrading later. According to the Vista advisor software the only thing holding me back is a NIC and a desktop scanner. What I was looking for is some NIC that is supported under Vista that would work on my current system at a reasonable price.
I've used nVIDIA, 3Com, Marvell-based, Realtek-based, Intel, and Broadcom NICs on Vista. The most trouble I might have had would be to download the drivers off a web site. These have all been gigabit NICs though, so it's possible that some older ones which are no longer maintained will not have driver support. I might also have tried XP drivers at times.
This might be tricky if you only have one NIC and it doesn't work "out of the box" -- if you're upgrading a single computer you might want to set up dual boot or download the drivers beforehand.
If you want a recommendation -- Intel. Their NICs are generally good and well-supported, but sometimes harder to come by because they're a bit more expensive. You shouldn't spend a lot -- just shop a bit carefully so you don't spend more than needed.
I've also had good luck with Marvell NICs -- these are common and the driver support is also good. The PCIe gigabit version also performs very well.
My question is how do you know what is an what is not going to be Vista compliant when going to buy the product? I have an rather new Linksys NIC but it also isn't compliant and there are a ton of NIC's out there for sale. I don't want to order something and not have it be compliant and have to fool around with returning the product. I would rather know up front that it works.
I think we all have stories like this. I purchased a d-link pci wireless card for my wife's computer. After WPA was released d-link never updated the SW to support WPA (although other vendors did make updates available). This left me with a choice to keep WEP or replace the pci card. So I saved a few bucks up front, but ended up spending more money in the long run.
LinkSys has become a big vendor of NICs but it appears that they've decided not to fund updates and fixes unless they have to.
My question is how do you know what is an what is not going to be Vista compliant when going to buy the product?
As said earlier, a newish Intel NIC will pretty much guarantee compatibility.
I have an rather new Linksys NIC but it also isn't compliant and there are a ton of NIC's out there for sale.
AFAIK, Linksys doesn't make NIC chipsets, and neither do several other vendors. If you look at card or driver details, you should be able to find out the underlying chipset mfg. If you download drivers directly from the chipset mfg, you'll probably have a working solution.
There aren't that many choices in chipsets, and I've been able to get several of them to work. Manufacturers tend to make universal drivers, which work for several or all of their recent chipset versions, which simplifies the issue further. There are exceptions with older chipset, but if you have something new, the odds are that it is supported.