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I have a really odd question to ask here.

I have thiscard on my PC: D-Link Range Booster. I had a lot of problems installing it, namely:

  • The drivers that came with the card couldn't be installed (on setup the program would state that I need to put the card on my PC and when I click on NEXT the installation exits without warning). Installing the drivers manually via driver update yields no results, it juste says that this drivers are not for this card.

  • I downloaded latest drivers from D-Link webpage and same thing happens here.

  • On further inspection on Device Manager, the hardware is presented with a - ! - and with the name Ethernet Adapter (totally generic name)

I discovered that the Hardware IDs that came with the card actually point to a DWA-652 so I installed those drivers (it lets me install them but states that Code 10. the device can't start).

Now here is the funny thing...

If I restart the wireless card is magically configured with this drivers and works, everything is awesome, but if I shut down my system, it goes back to the state of not having installed the drivers. In Device Manager, the card is presented with the - ! - and the generic name.

If I restart again after the shut down, the card is configured again.

I really don't know what happens here. If anybody can help me, I would be really grateful.

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What are the hardware IDs of the wireless card? What's the error displayed in the Device Manager? What's the driver version you're currently using? It seems like the driver doesn't properly support hybrid boot. – and31415 Feb 14 '14 at 11:37
Here it's an upload of the device manager hardware ... it says atheros bla bla.. because that's the driver that it could install given the Hardware id – HeavyBullets Feb 14 '14 at 22:34
Please answer my other questions as well. – and31415 Feb 14 '14 at 22:42
oh sorry for not answering them... The error that was displayed on the Device manager when trying to install the corresponding device was that it could not find the drivers for this card.. when i changed to the drivers that where of the other card (652) it displayed the error 10... I'm going to address the version of the driver in some minutes (i have to power up the PC)... Should i shut down Fast Boot on windows 8 and test that? – HeavyBullets Feb 18 '14 at 0:33
Restart Windows to avoid fast/hybrid boot. – and31415 Feb 18 '14 at 10:14

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