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wi-fi card not detected in x1 slot

gazsiazasz
Level 7

I have an ASUS ProArt Z490-CREATOR Motherboard, recently bought an FENVI WiFi 7 BE200 PCIE WiFi Adapter card (PCI-E x1).

I tried to make it work, but I did not have luck with that.  I tried to put it in every PCI-E slot in the motherboard but the card was only working in the non x1 slots.

The problem with that is I cannot put the card in the

- first x16 slot  because it is the only slot with the x16 bandwidth for the GPU

- second x16 slot because it would cut the first x16 slots bandwidth to x8

- third slot because it would turn off the thunderbolt (and that is the reason I bought this motherboard because I have 2 thunderbolt monitors)

- any of the x1 slots because the card is not working there (not showing up in the device manager)

I also tried my 10G Marvell ethernet card (x4) into the slots, and it worked in every slot without setting anything (just to eliminate a non-working pcie slot).

Please help

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Saltgrass
Level 13

Since that board does not appear to have built-in Wi-Fi, have you checked the Bios to make sure there were no settings regarding such?

I have a Z590 board and two of those types of Wi-Fi cards have worked in the PCIe x1 slot.  If you want Bluetooth, you have to plug in the Power to the card.

There is always a possibility the card is defective, but my Fenvi version worked OK.   It may be the motherboard does not have the capability.  Currently, I am running a ASUS version of the card and it also works, in the Z590.

Have you checked for a USB version of the Wi-Fi 7 card?

Beyond this, if you are using Windows, Wi-Fi 7 is not yet supported until 24H2 comes out, but you should be able to get Wi-Fi 6e.

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@Saltgrass wrote:

Since that board does not appear to have built-in Wi-Fi, have you checked the Bios to make sure there were no settings regarding such?

> I tried to find settings regarding onboard pcie devices, but it seems like there aren't anything related to this and maybe x1 slots not shared with other cards (x4 card is working in x1 slot proves it also)

I have a Z590 board and two of those types of Wi-Fi cards have worked in the PCIe x1 slot.  If you want Bluetooth, you have to plug in the Power to the card.

> yeah, the Bluetooth part of the card via the USB is working fine, the problem is with the PCIe x1 interface where the wifi should be connected to the mainboard is the problematic part. 

There is always a possibility the card is defective, but my Fenvi version worked OK.   It may be the motherboard does not have the capability.  Currently, I am running a ASUS version of the card and it also works, in the Z590.

Have you checked for a USB version of the Wi-Fi 7 card?

No, because the USB has only 480Mbps, and the card should use at least double of that bandwidth, there would be no point in wifi7 card if I only can use the USB.

Beyond this, if you are using Windows, Wi-Fi 7 is not yet supported until 24H2 comes out, but you should be able to get Wi-Fi 6e.

I am using W10, but Wifi 6e would be good for me.

 

Also I tried the card in an old Gigabyte H77-DS3H in a x1 PCIe slot, and it worked immediately, so I guess the Z490 board is either faulty (or has some undisclosed limitation by design) or there should be a setting what I haven't yet found to make the card work.