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Help! Vista Driver Installation Woes

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March 9, 2010 2:23:34 AM

(Name already in use either as a service name or service display name)

Dear all,

Last night, I discovered that Intel released new Wi-Fi drivers (13.1), so I decided to renew my drivers for my WiFi Link 5350. Turns out it is a big mistake, now I have lost wireless functionality on my laptop. I ran the driver executable (ICS_DV32.EXE), but it seemed to do nothing then closed itself. I went to the device manager and found that the driver version is still 12.4. I ran the executable again, and the result is still the same. I thought there might be something wrong with the exe so I returned to the Intel website and downloaded the ZIP version instead. After decompressing the zipped drivers, I went to the device manager and attempted to update the drivers manually. It appeared to work, at least the driver version has been changed to 13.1, but then I realized none of advanced options such channel width are adjustable and the system told me it could not detect any Wireless signals. So I decided to remove the device from the device manager and rebooted my laptop. When Vista loaded it informed me it has found an unknown device and I pointed Vista to search for drivers, then an error message pops up saying [DEVICE DRIVER NOT INSTALLED- Name already in use either as a service name or service display name] What is this??

How did that happen? Anyone have any ideas about how to fix this short of reinstalling Vista?
I have lost Wireless functionality on my laptop right now.
Please help me figure this one out.

I did some Googling and saw several posts involving the Name already in use either as a service name or service display name error, which seems to suggest cleaning up the registry and services. Um…what should I be looking for? The problem is that I got a Centrino laptop, so Intel is probably all over the registry. Is there a particular registry key or location that I should delete?

Thanks in advanced.

Vista Ultimate 32 bit Chinese Simplified
ASUS F8Sn
Intel WiFi Link 5350

March 9, 2010 2:35:26 AM

if updated driver is the issue then you could just use "roll back" option which work most of the time..
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March 9, 2010 2:41:09 AM

manojgj said:
if updated driver is the issue then you could just use "roll back" option which work most of the time..


Problem is I can't do that anymore, I already removed the device from the device manager.
Now the wireless card shows up as an unidentified device.
Thanks anyways, I should have done that when that was still an option.
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March 9, 2010 3:27:03 AM

You can right click and uninstall the 'unknown' device. Then install the driver for your device. Then scan for new hardware in device manager. If you've installed the correct driver, it will find the new hardware and recognize it.
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March 9, 2010 3:57:49 AM

aford10 said:
You can right click and uninstall the 'unknown' device. Then install the driver for your device. Then scan for new hardware in device manager. If you've installed the correct driver, it will find the new hardware and recognize it.


Thanks, but been there done that = fail.
However, I did notice that every time I run the driver installation utility or try to manually add the device driver, the number after the device name changes. Like now it is up to Intel (R) WiFi Link 5350 (21)...
OK, where do I delete the past 20 instances?
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March 9, 2010 4:50:01 AM

what about system restore.. it may help..
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March 9, 2010 5:03:56 AM

manojgj said:
what about system restore.. it may help..


I turned off system restore a long time ago...
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March 9, 2010 5:32:38 AM

I decided to try if an earlier version of the driver would work, and sure it did.
It works with V12.2 that I kept around on my hard drive, now it shows up in the device manager as Intel WiFi Link 5350 (#25)
I wonder where Windows keeps tabs on the past 24 attempts...
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June 15, 2010 5:31:26 AM

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June 15, 2010 5:36:24 AM

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