I got called about a PC that suddenly wouldn’t connect to the internet once it had Windows 7 (64 bit) installed.
Since it was a WiFi connection, I thought: it probably doesn’t have the correct drivers… it should be an easy fix.
Well, I soon found myself connecting the PC to the router via ethernet, then having to (unexpectedly) wait over 40 minutes for updates to complete… grrr
Normally, Windows 7 is really good at automatically finding drivers… but this was one of the few times it didn’t work.
The WiFi card is a Belkin f5d7000 version 3000au
So, my next step was to go through the Belkin website, and find an appropriate driver.
I eventually find the correct area but I see no Windows 7 drivers. The closest driver is a vista 32-bit driver… I try it but that doesn’t work.
Not wanting to spend any more time I eventually conclude that the f5d7000 v3000au is not compatible with W7 64-bit, and install a WiFi card from a different maker (ASUS), which works perfectly.
Since then, I have stumbled actross a website (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itprohardware/thread/102a8764-1e02-4dbc-ab79-2a46f3a04b91), where there is some mention of a solution, but nothing specific to this version of WiFi card, and W7-64bit
Belkin f5d7000 version 3000au
wont work with W7