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    Default Drivers for Dynex Wifi Desktop Adapter don't work in Windows 8 but do in Win7

    I have a Dynex Wireless Desktop Adapter

    Here it is exactly:

    I have a Dynex DX-WGDTC Wireless-G Wireless Network Card

    Can't post links yet but just go to google and type in the dynex DX-WGDTC and you'll see it on dynex's website

    I can get it to work with no problem on Windows 7. Windows 7 wireless icon comes up and allows me to connect to a wireless network after installing the installation setup.exe for drivers as administrator.

    I tried the same thing on Windows 8 and nothing happens. It does not work right!

    Any ideas people?

    Thanks alot

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    Default Re: Drivers for Dynex Wifi Desktop Adapter don't work in Windows 8 but do in Win7

    Did you attempt to install the Win 7 drivers on your Win 8 RP installation? Win 8 does not necessarily include all the latest drivers for all devices. It includes some generalized drivers for many devices that work for many different devices, but not all devices. I would check the Dynex web site and see what they say, and possibly download the latest drivers they have.

    According to the Dynex site this is a discontinued item that is quite old and very inexpensive. You are most likely out of luck with this item. I would doubt very much there will ever be drivers that work with this device.

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    Default Re: Drivers for Dynex Wifi Desktop Adapter don't work in Windows 8 but do in Win7

    nickrolando, welcome to the forum!

    My suggestion to you would be to get either a recent express network card (one of those slide in ones), or a recent USB wi-fi card. The more recent, the better. Newegg.com is a good place to find deals on these items at reasonable prices. Make sure that the device is at least Windows 7 compatible, or "Designed for Windows 7".

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    Default Re: Drivers for Dynex Wifi Desktop Adapter don't work in Windows 8 but do in Win7

    And.....don't waste your time and money with a Type G wireless thingy. That's so old school.......

    Go Type N-300 or go Home.

    I bought my last Type-N USB wireless device for just $14.

    Finding one is no big deal....they're all over the place.

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    Default Re: Drivers for Dynex Wifi Desktop Adapter don't work in Windows 8 but do in Win7

    TM's right, these devices are all over the place. The "N" type gives better range, normally faster speeds also.

    Stay away from the very short ones (the USB type that only sticks out 1 inch or less, they tend to get hot). Mine is a long white one, with a adjustable swivel antenna attached, & uses a Realtek 8187 chipset. It is the "N" type, but it's the N-150 (I bought it in 2009, N-300 were much more expensive at the time). I gave $12 for it on eBay. The N-300 are much more common now for the same price.

    Still, mine works quite well when needed.

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    Default Re: Drivers for Dynex Wifi Desktop Adapter don't work in Windows 8 but do in Win7

    It's typical, with all technology...... once something gets popular, more companies start making it and the price comes down. Witness, the Flash Drives. Eh?

    I do like the little USB Wi-Fi devices that come with a 3db antenna on them, because you can take off that antenna and replace it with a higher gain antenna for greater distance.



    My Acer One Netbook, with a type N-150 USB/Wi-Fi device, with a 7 db gain antenna.

    For a friend that lives over 500' away, I put one of those devices on his computer with a 6' long USB extension and one of those high gain antennas taped to the outside of his house. He's getting a three bar signal from my Intellinet 300N wireless router.

    It's amazing what you can to when you get Creative.

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    Default Re: Drivers for Dynex Wifi Desktop Adapter don't work in Windows 8 but do in Win7

    Mine's removable also, I just didn't see the need, but if I did, those 7 db gain antennas are inexpensive. Some users of wireless routers can also benefit from this, though not all models have removable antennas.

    Yes, being creative pays off. Although I'd much rather do what you did with that wi-fi adapter (if needed), some users are really creative. I've seen coffee cans attached to poles in nearby backyards & one of those Yagi antennas attached to the top of a fireplace stack (probably to pickup the fairly fast McDonalds/Starbucks internet three-fourths a mile away).

    It's OK to be a friend to your neighbor, but I have no doubt that some of these are leeching off of unsecured connections, being that I live in the city, in a medium congested area (I can "see" 5 to 7 unsecured connections). This is not only morally wrong (it's called stealing), it's also a felony in NC, where I live. Unsecured wi-fi signals is NOT like a fruit tree hanging over in your yard, free for the picking.

    I also see cars parked on the street, & with my binoculars, I can see open notebooks being used. Done got so used to it, I no longer pay mind to them. While I don't make excuses for those who are doing wrong, the internet subscriber should have a recently made wireless router with WPA2 security enabled & a complex password.

    It's like those who robs banks. If the banks were to leave the back door open at night & the vaults open, what would one expect? Many wi-fi users (the paying ones) are leaving the same door open, 24/7.

    Not me!

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    Default Re: Drivers for Dynex Wifi Desktop Adapter don't work in Windows 8 but do in Win7

    It appears the bottom line for the original OP is to simply replace that old adapter.

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    Default Re: Drivers for Dynex Wifi Desktop Adapter don't work in Windows 8 but do in Win7

    Well, if an adapter is not working and one still needs an internet connection, disabling the one on the mobo and installing one in a USB port is a very good alternative. And as we've been discussing, the USB adapters are pretty darn cheap, and getting even cheaper.

    And yes, you can get the ones that will accept a LAN cable as well as the wireless ones. I have both and use both.
    Even though the ones on the mobo's get old and out of date, you can really stay up to date with the ones that plug into a USB port.

    On my MSI motherboard, I have two LAN ports, using different drivers. I use one and keep the other one turned off in the BIOS. If the one port I'm using ever dies on me, (heaven forbid) I always have the other one to fall back on.
    I Love these MSI motherboards! They are so 'Feature-Rich'.

    Cheers mates!
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    Default Re: Drivers for Dynex Wifi Desktop Adapter don't work in Windows 8 but do in Win7

    USB wi-fi adapters have came a long ways from when they first appeared, many of which outperforms the built in adapter on newer models. Having a good antenna like the one that TM shown can make it even better. And far easier to install than to replace an internal wi-fi card. Disable it & go USB.

    But I wouldn't want one w/o an external antenna, those aren't as good from far distances as those with an external antenna. I'm seriously considering replacing the short one (5 db gain at the most). Just compared it to my wireless router, it's the same length as those. Unfortunately, I can't remove those for replacement.

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