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SSyno
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Drivers for Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Card?

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Just put a new system together and installed an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 in it. Used Windows 8 Pro. x64. I cannot find drivers for the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260.

Anyone know where I can get drivers for this card? I purchased the card from Provantage.

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DBoul1
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This is supposed to be released Q2'13. Doesn't Intel's fiscal year end Dec 28? Quarter 1 ended March 30th 2013. So shouldn't Q2 end June 30th 2013? And if so...if it's supposed to be released during Q2, then isn't the release technically late?

 

Sorry, development is a hard gig. I understand that there can be unforeseen delays. There are also some things you must get right even before releasing test drivers. I'd just rather not loose patience and buy any one of the wireless AC usb devices.

 

wface
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Not as of June 30th. I compiled the 3.10 kernel from kernel.org and it still has the old version of the driver and therefore will not find the firmware. You'll need to get and compile the kernel from here: http://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/linville/wireless-testing.git kernel/git/linville/wireless-testing.git - The wireless-testing tree, for continuous integration...

ROwen2
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compiling wireless-testing is no different then compiling the kernel right?

wface
Beginner
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Correct. The only change would be the source. Here's a link to my forum with all the steps I used to compile the wireless kernel. https://openlinuxforums.org/index.php/topic,3274.msg108179.html# msg108179 https://openlinuxforums.org/index.php/topic,3274.msg108179.html# msg108179

I haven't been able to figure out how to get proprietary nVidia drivers to install with that kernel. Probably the same issue with AMD drivers too but I don't know that for sure. Just something to keep in mind.

ROwen2
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I have seen that, thank you though. I am going to go the old fashion route and use make silentoldconfig, make, make modules_install install. This seems to work best with custom built kernels on Ubuntu...

I will let you know if the Nvidia drivers work. I do need them for Bumblebee.

ROwen2
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Another quick question:

What option in the config file is specifically for the 7260?

wface
Beginner
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You mean the kernel config? I'm not sure. When I compiled, I didn't have to specifically enable the iwlwifi drivers. The driver itself is, within the kernel source folder /drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/iwl-7000. You'll also need a copy of the firmware file and put it in /lib/firmware. Let me know if you need a copy and I'll attach it in the thread I linked above as it doesn't look like attaching things here is possible.

ROwen2
New Contributor I
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I have the .ucode file already. Thank You. I guess I will just have to search the .config file a bit more....

ROwen2
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Its called IWLWIFI in the config file by the way.

ROwen2
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A side note: I built the kernel and I was able to build the nvdia drivers using dkms.

wface
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That's interesting. It must be because of the method you used. I compiled wireless-testing and the mainline kernel from kernel.org and neither would run the nVidia driver. Both dkms and sgfxi failed to find a screen or the nVidia module. I'll try your method of "silentoldconfig, make, make modules_install install", etc.

LT1
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@ryanvade,

Glad you were able to get the 7260 & NVIDIA drivers working. I'm probably going to attempt this sometime in the next few days. If you can give a quick summary, I'd appreciate it, as I haven't done any kernel compilations yet myself.

I'm getting a Crucial M500 480GB SSD to replace 2 older SSDs (Samsung 830 256GB & Crucial M4 MSATA 256 GB) I will sell on eBay once I'm all set up, so it'd be the perfect time to try to set up Ubuntu w/ the new wireless drivers. I might even try WIndows 8 if the wireless drivers for WIn7 haven't been released by then.... which I assume they won't be.

ROwen2
New Contributor I
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A quick summary, of course:

1. Download wireless-tesing in /usr/src

2. cd to wireless-testing and make mrproper

3. copy the latest config from /boot and rename it .config in wireless-testing

4. run make silentoldconfig You will then have some choices to make, only what new options that are not in the old kernel.

5. make -j # where # is the amount of jobs you want.

6. sudo make modules_install install

You should then reboot into the new kernel and:

sudo dkms autoinstall

Reboot again.

I should also mention that I am using nvidia-319 from ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates and bumblebee from ppa:bumblebee/testing .

BHart4
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It's been a month since the Windows 8 driver was released and still no Windows 7 driver.

Since I'm mostly a Windows 7 user and only occasionally dabble in Windows 8 I'll be returning my AC-7260 on Monday.

Sorry Intel,you need to service paying customers and not Microsoft's greed.

I really wanted a 3 antenna card without bluetooth anyway.

Back to the great Bigfoot Networks Killer 1103.

PSmit14
Novice
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I feel your pain. Like a fool I purchased the card thinking the Win 8 x64 driver would work on my Win 7 x64 Notebook as Win 7 x64 Drivers have worked on my Win 8 x64 box, after trying for a few hours I found this thread and could NOT believe it.

I have been using Intel since the 8088/8086 days and still can't believe I am checking here daily for drivers!

They have released Linux and Win 8 x64 drivers but in a month no Win 7 drivers?

I use Win 8 daily, I purchased a start button program for 5 bucks and it works perfect in desktop mode, but it is not ready for my notebook at a customers location or for my Supervisor. I will not pay 200 bucks for a half baked OS to try and run on my laptop.

The US Government just upgraded to Win 7 from XP, Win 7 x64 will be around a LOT longer then Win 8, the US Government had XP's life extended how many times?

Get a CLUE Intel! The US Government PAYS EXTRA to NOT have Win 8 installed but to have Win 7 x64 Installed on brand new out of the box PC's. You think maybe THEY know something

wface
Beginner
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Not to derail this subject but if the U.S. knew something, they'd be using Linux.

Anyway, I'm going to try recompiling the wireless-testing git kernel and use the config from the Liquorix kernel I'm currently running. Sort of a hybrid of the method I used previously and the method ryanvade posted. Hopefully that will give me both the Intel wireless and nVidia drivers.

ROwen2
New Contributor I
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Using the liquorix config might cause you issues. You will need to remove any liquorix specific options.

I don't use Windows very often. Maybe once or twice a month. BUT WE WERE TOLD WINDOWS 7 DRIVERS WOULD BE RELEASED BY NOW.

This is ridiculous.

PSmit14
Novice
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Not safe to put a electronics engineer on a compiler, we wreck things. Last time I coded is when Turbo Pascal was new.

Best OS I have had in decades was on my Sun Sparc, some flavor of Unix, but that has been a long time. Most of the EE tools back in the day were on DOS but I preferred DR-DOS, started moving out of engineering by the time Windoz was mainstream. Tried to run a half a dozen people office on linux once, total disaster.

Except for the SPARC, everything else was Wintel which seems is owned by Microsoft now.......

Mr. Intel, Any updates on Windows 7 drivers?

PSmit14
Novice
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joe_intel wrote:

Windows 7 will be supported. We currently do not have a timeframe for this release but we are working on it.

In this case OEM product means that it is integrated and sold with a brand system instead of a retail/boxed product distribution.

Hi Joe_intel,

Do you happen to have an update on Win 7 x64 drivers for the 7260 WiFi card yet?

Eta, go jump in the lake, anything?

ESavi
Beginner
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This needs to be resolved. Like yesterday. Just so angry right now. Who uses Windows 8, likes it, and actually knows what a driver is and cares to update it? This is so amazingly rage inducing because I literally could fill a ruffles bag full of these chips. I just might. Better usage as food.

As the first line in the NETwFw.dat file says *WESTOPFORNOONE*

Really, look at the file in the latest driver release.. First line. Can't make that claim with no W7 driver. Tell them to start again.

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