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Old 03-27-2008, 01:32 AM   #1
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Hi Guys, I've got a netgear WG311 v3 wireless adapter. I am having some problems with the os and want to do a clean install. The problem is the network card manual, it says that I need to install the drivers/software first and then the hardware(the card). Is this step really necessary or can I install the hardware first and then the software(the reason being, my system is under 12 mnth warranty and I can't open the computer case myself).

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i don't know this for certain but i would always install the hardware first before the drivers/software. To me it doesn't make sense that the instructions tell you to do the opposite.
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Thanks for the answer, anyone who's sure abt that?
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Whit most wireless adapters, they suggest installing the drivers first, then the card. But in your case where you are doing a clean install, it will be OK to leave the card in and then install the drivers.
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thanks for the reply.
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Whit most wireless adapters, they suggest installing the drivers first, then the card.
any particular reason why that is?
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Default Re: Wireless Network card question.

Thats Quite Strange,because i dont think the computer would allow you to install the drivers without the proper hardware.
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I had a dlink card and that manual also said that we have to install the drivers before the hardware, same with netgear. It is indeed strange.
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Default Re: Wireless Network card question.

An all in one printer I bought a while back had me do this. It starts the installation and installs files and drivers, then at a certain point in the installation it asks you to plug in the printer and turn it on, then it finishes the install.

However, I wouldn't know how this would work with a wireless adapter. I have a Linksys wireless g pci adapter and it didn't say anything about that. I have done a clean install of windows and installed the drivers with the card in the slot the whole time and everything worked good. You should be alright.
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