Need to disable NIC Card in Bios?

By Rilla927
Jan 11, 2007
  1. Hi gang,

    I have a HP Pavillion zd7160us laptop and I need to disable the built in NIC Card through the bios so I can use the new Notebook Adapter from Buffalo I bought.

    The system was freezing after I installed Buffalo's driver and I called tech support and they said to disable the onboard wireless through the bios.

    I looked and can't find anything that is related.

  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415


    I did a google of your model( point 5 in Pros from this review) and it says there is a switch on the case to turn off the WIFI, not sure where.

  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    You should be able to do this by going to Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System -> Hardware -> Device Manager, then click on the Network line, then Action, to disable or remove.
    Be advised on a few models, your computer will attempt to reinstall the network interface when you come back from a cold boot, so be prepared to say no.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,150   +597

    if removed, it will complain, so just DISABLE it and there's no hassle from then on.
  5. Rilla927

    Rilla927 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 152

    Hi Guys,

    Thank you for all the replys.

    When I posted before the windows wireless driver was disabled. Then I actually uninstalled it and I still have the same problem.

    Called Buffalo back and they said it has to be disabled from the bios because windows will still fight for control which is causing the conflict. It's been 29 hours I have been at this with 5 hours sleep out of that. I'm so pissed. I paid $100.00 for this adapter I can't use. I think it's their drivers themselves.

    Six hours out of that 29 was spent waiting for them to pick up the phone.
  6. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Did it have a switch then ?

    If not look in the BIOS for Onboard LAN controller or similar..

  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    IMHO, you should go and find better support. Windows will work just fine with two, three or even more network adapters and the builtin wired adapter can't possibly conflict with any wireless software.

    To avoid any problems, just disconnect the wired adapter from the network - Windows will see this and get rid of any corresponding routes and suchlike that could interfere with anything.
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