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Hi all - Where do I find correct drivers for:

> Generic WLAN 11n Mini USB Adapter

that I am trying to install on a:

> Dell Latitude D830 running Windows XP SP3
 
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If you plug the adapter into a USB port Windows will ask for drivers, and when they aren't forthcoming, the OS will shrug and just tell you that drivers couldn't be found.
With the adapter still plugged in, go to Device Manager and find the yellow bang associated wit the adapter - it will probably be under Unknown Device, or possibly Network adapters, or even in the USB section of DM.

Double-click on the device with the bang and click on the Details tab. You should see a Device Instance ID or a Hardware ID, in the form PCI\VEN_xxxx&DEV_yyyy where x and y are numbers and/or letters. Don't worry too much about the &SUBSYS part of the string for the moment; the first two sections should be enough to identify the manufacturer and device type.
Google the string, including everything before the &SUBSYS part. This hopefully will return the manufacturer's name at least, and you can then search for drivers on its website, or any of numerous driver download sites.

Hope this helps.
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Often, if there's a yellow triangle showing in Device Manager, there will not be a Device ID listed on the Details tab.

In that case, you can find it by using Start->Run, msinfo32 [Enter], expand the Components section, click Problem Devices, then look for the 'PNP ID' on the right side. Select that line, then use Edit->Copy or right-click and Copy (neither of those methods are available in the Properties dialog, Details tab... there, only select and Ctrl+C works) to copy that info to the clipboard.

Anyway, if you can paste that info here, we should be able to find a source for drivers without having to resort to getting the version of drivers submitted to the FCC when the manufacturer applied for the FCCID on the adapter.
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