As you probably know, I’m running Windows 7 for a long time now. With the installation of the ‘official’ Windows 7 Beta after a few weeks I received a Action Center message that there was an updated driver for my biometric fingerprintreader, which I could install and use. Since the installation of the latest ‘unofficial’ build the biometric driver wasn’t installed automatically, but after a manual installation the driver (and the icon with the exclamation mark disappeared).
Note : I installed the driver on my Windows 7 64-bit installation, but I noticed that there’s also a 32-bit driver available in the package!
Note 2 : Tony Krijnen also tested the driver with a Sierra Wireless MC 8780 (On a Fujitsu Siemens T4220) and the drivers works on that config also! Thanks Tony for testing!
Because I have internet access everywhere I didn’t really bother, but today one of my colleagues asked me if I already had the HSDPA modem working and I had to answer him that I didn’t….
After a small Google search and some reading I didn’t find a solution. Hans (the colleague in question) mailed me a driver he found somewhere which should do the job….and it worked!
Let me explain how I finally got the HSDPA modem working:
Step 1 : Download the Sierra Wireless driver and unzip it.
Step 2 : Open Devices and Printers (Start-> just type Devices and printers and press enter)
Step 3 : Right click the Mini Card icon with the exlamation mark next to it (see the picture above)
Step 4 : Click Properties
Step 5 : Click Change Settings (maybe you have to go to the Hardware tab and press Properties first)
Step 6 : Click Update (or Install) driver on the driver tab
Step 7 : Click Browse my computer for driver software
Step 8 : Browse to the MC8755ACDriversWinVista64bit click Next
Step 9 : When the driver installation finished successfully you probably see a few more (new) devices appear in the Unspecified list. For every new device you have to repeat steps 3 to 8 to install the correct driver.
Step 10 : It could be possible that you still have a Network Adapter/Controller with a exlamation mark left, just repeat steps 3 to 8 also for this device. At the end you should see something like the image below!
I also had to install the Vodafone Connect Software to use my HSDPA modem, but if you have a different HSDPA/Mobile Phone operator you probably want to install their software 🙂
Download the Sierra Wireless HSDPA (MC8775) driver
More info about Sierra Wireless and Windows 7