Can't get wireless PCI card to work

My motherboard is the Zotac G31 Value, with which I've had absolutely no problems so far (and have had it for about a year now), and I'm running 64-bit Windows 7.

However, I can't seem to get a wireless PCI card to work.

The first one I tried was an older one, the Level One WNC-0500. My device manager knew it was there, and even automatically installed some RALink drivers. But the device manager also displayed a yellow exclamation point next to it, and the software that was installed to use the card said that the card was not there.

So I bought a newer one, the Zonet ZEW1642s, which says that it's Windows 7 compatible, and reviews on Newegg said that others were able to simply plug it in and use it. But I'm having the same problem as before - device manager knows it's there, but displays a yellow exclamation point, and the RALink software cannot detect the card.

Does anyone know why else this could be? Someone pointed out that the card I have is only compatible with a PCI 2.x slot, not the older 1.x ones - but the instruction manual for my mobo says that it is PCI 2.1 compliant.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions anyone has!
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  1. I've never used or have any experience with wireless PCI cards. But it doesn't seem like it'd be a plug-in-play type of thing. Sure there's no drivers to install?

    http://www.zonetusa.com/products-57.aspx

    Driver/Utility Download on this page.
  2. I would suggest running the latest Intel INF file, which has all the latest mobo drivers. All my windows 7 wifi cards or USB sticks have been plug and play with no problems.
  3. Knight_91 said:
    I've never used or have any experience with wireless PCI cards. But it doesn't seem like it'd be a plug-in-play type of thing. Sure there's no drivers to install?

    http://www.zonetusa.com/products-57.aspx

    Driver/Utility Download on this page.


    There are drivers, but Windows tried to install them automatically. When that didn't work, I used the disc that was included with the card. That still didn't work, so I downloaded them from the website like you suggested, still not working. Thanks for the suggestion though!

    Anonymous said:
    I would suggest running the latest Intel INF file, which has all the latest mobo drivers. All my windows 7 wifi cards or USB sticks have been plug and play with no problems.


    I tried this...it told me my INF was out of date, so I updated it. Still no luck with the wireless card though :\ Thanks anyway for the tip!
  4. ruckusfdc said:
    My motherboard is the Zotac G31 Value, with which I've had absolutely no problems so far (and have had it for about a year now), and I'm running 64-bit Windows 7.

    However, I can't seem to get a wireless PCI card to work.

    The first one I tried was an older one, the Level One WNC-0500. My device manager knew it was there, and even automatically installed some RALink drivers. But the device manager also displayed a yellow exclamation point next to it, and the software that was installed to use the card said that the card was not there.

    So I bought a newer one, the Zonet ZEW1642s, which says that it's Windows 7 compatible, and reviews on Newegg said that others were able to simply plug it in and use it. But I'm having the same problem as before - device manager knows it's there, but displays a yellow exclamation point, and the RALink software cannot detect the card.

    Does anyone know why else this could be? Someone pointed out that the card I have is only compatible with a PCI 2.x slot, not the older 1.x ones - but the instruction manual for my mobo says that it is PCI 2.1 compliant.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions anyone has!


    The Zonet ZEW1642s was also sold as the Edimax EW7727In and compatible with XP, Vista and Windows 7. Here is the link
    http://www.edimax.com/au/support_detail.php?pl1_idSelect=support.php%3Fpl1_id%3D1%26mwsp%3D0&pl1_id=1&pd_id=257&button=Go#01
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