12 Replies Latest reply on Mar 13, 2016 7:46 PM by lpmorgan1

    Intel 7260 AC Wifi adapter not recognized / disabled in Sony Vaio laptop


      I own a Sony Vaio laptop, here are the basic specs:


      Sony VAIO SVE141290X

      OS : Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional with Media Center (x64) Build 9600

      Motherboard : Sony Vaio Intel HM76 (Panther Point)

      CPU : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3632QM CPU @ 2.20GHz

      RAM : 16GB RAM (2 x 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws PC3 12800)

      HDD : 750GB Western Digital Hard Drive


      The laptop originally came with Windows 8, and the stock Qualcomm Atheros Wireless N card. I did a clean install of Windows 8 Pro, and then recently upgraded to Windows 8.1. I have the Vaio Control Center, Vaio care, and the necessary drivers only. The wireless was working so far, needed faster card. So I decided to upgrade to the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260.


      After installing the new Intel card in the laptop, I downloaded and installed the Intel Wifi and bluetooth software and drivers directly from the Intel website :

      Intel Wifi drivers  ( Download Center)

      Intel Bluetooth drivers ( Download Center)


      However, the 7260 AC wifi card is not recognized at all. The airplane mode can turn wifi off, but with airplane mode off, the Wifi adapter still shows up as disabled / grayed out. The Intel ProSet wireless utility also complains that the Wifi hardware switch is turned off, and needs to be turned back on first. (My laptop model does NOT have an external switch or key combination for Wifi enable/disable)


      Did some research on google, and noticed people having success by taping pin # 20 and pin # 51 of the card. Unfortunately I could not find the pin layout diagram or a youtube video, nor do I have any experience doing this. Can someone guide me through this process? A picture or video could be useful, but I couldn't find any :-(


      Can someone help?


      Thanks in advance...