I agree with Peacekeeper. Just make sure Network Adaptors are up to date. becuase recently some McAfee users were experiencing BSOD caused due to Atheros Network Adaptors. After diagnosing the machine we found that user with WLAN_Atheros(Foxconn) driver version - 126.96.36.1993-x86x64. Commonly getting the BSOD error. Since Network driver is not up to date
Steps to check Version of network Adaptor:
· Open Device manager
· Right click on Computer
· click on manage
· In the left hand panel click on Device Manager
· Right click on network adaptor
· Click on property
· Make sure if its WLAN Atheros driver Version 188.8.131.52
· If not update the driver and make sure we get the latest.
· If it’s not getting update check with OEM Website (system manufacture) or call your System vendor to get it updated.
Let me know if the issues persist. Even with update adaptor driver
Wrong brand - no Atheros network card here.
Nice thought, though......
This is a desktop, but it does have a wireless card:
DWL1525 (802.11n) WLAN PCIe Card
I am not using the wireless card, since everything (eg printer) is connected locally via ethernet or USB, and I have neither a Win7 HomeGroup, nor a "network" set up with my laptop (Dell W7/x86, running another, non-McAfee security suite).
The ethernet card is a Broadcomm.
The mobo BIOS was updated last month, and the on-board ATI Radeon HD5770 GPU BIOS was successfully updated back in May.
All drivers are UTD, according to what is being offered by Dell support.
It is not advised to install "newer" drivers from a device manufacturer before they are tested in the environment of the computer maker's hardware/mobo/BIOS, and then published by the computer maker.
So, please don't try to pin this on the users, their computers, or the computer makers.
The problem is with the McAfee software and the fact that it is inherently incompatible with a large number of computer platforms. End of story.
But there is no harm is checking for driver updates, moreover if updated drivers are available (no matter it's Atheros or Broadcomm) then it can be downloaded/ installed from their own sites.
Perhaps, if there is a driver update available, then I believe it would be deployed only after testing in their environment
I have the same problem where the mcafee update has caused my Dell PC to crash. I just tried BalaSGS' fix and it worked for me. Ihave aDell XPS435T running Windows 7 64 bit home premium. I updated the driver as suggested. I then re-downloaded McAfee security centre and reloaded and rebooted my PC. No bsod. Will restart again to see if it still works.
Thank you all for posting your issues and fixes out here!
Cheers,Message was edited by: oldgrantite on 9/21/10 9:22:21 PM CDT
For your interest I do not have a wireless card all are networked by ethernet cable maybe why I never see this issue and win 7 64 bit install stable. Hopefully after this weeks patch in australia initially for amd cpus and toshiba PCs and maybe more work on this wireless issue we might start getting on top of this issue.
The Atheros DRIVER version for the Dell WLAN card is: 184.108.40.206 (the most current version offered by the computer maker).
The Broadcomm DRIVER for the ethernet card is: 220.127.116.11 (also the most current version).
(The computer was brand new in Feb 2010, BTW.)
YES, Aldrin, it CAN cause a problem to install an updated driver that has not been properly tested for the brand of the computer. (Your suggestion rings the same as the offers last month to install McAfee's *beta* software, just to see what would happen....)
Since the computer worked perfectly normally with the bundled "2009" McAfee SC, worked perfectly with "2010" McAfee SC UNinstallted, works perfectly with another brand of security suite, and was rendered unbootable when the "2010" version of McAfee SC was installed (TWICE, reproducibly), that pretty much narrows down the source of the problem.
Alas, I am not about to start experimenting with updating and rolling back drivers just to see what happens, especially since I have uninstalled McAfee from my system and have no intention of uninstalling a functional secuity suite to return to McAfee. I have already wasted an unreasonable amount of time, effort, aggravation and expense on this.
If you wish to donate $2700 to allow me to purchase a duplicate system that I can use to "experiment" and test your theories and your software, that would be terrific.
Still no bsod!! yay!
My Network card is Dell 1525 WLAN PCIe card with 11n mini-card and external antenna. The driver shows to be Atheros which I updated to the current version 18.104.22.168 - I believe it was 22.214.171.124 before.
I hope this helps!
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