Broadcom and more...

Discussion in 'Drivers' started by mud, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. mud


    Nov 18, 2007
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    Hello all,

    I have a Dell Inspiron (laptop). It's a couple of years old and was running Vista HP.

    I say "was" running because a few days ago the hard drive conked out and I had to put

    a new one in.

    When I bought this PC, it came with a bunch of CDs, two of which were the

    re-install Vista cd, and a driver cd.

    So I re-installed Vista on the new hard drive and used the driver cd as recommended in the manual.

    Now I'll tell you what the problem(s) is.

    The first one is the Device Manager that tells me there is a problem with

    the network adapter (wireless).

    In the Device Manager, under Network adapters, it shows:

    - Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller

    - Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter

    The first one (the Integrated Controller) is OK.

    The second one (the 802.11n) is the one with the problem.

    A little digging in Properties brought a wee window telling me that the network adapter "cannot

    start (Code 10)". A troubleshooter said that "the driver was successfully installed,

    but that it encountered a problem when it tried to run".

    That's all it said.

    The installed driver is:



    date: 11-02-2006

    Could it be that the Broadcom device in my PC is newer and the driver is too old?

    I looked on the Dell and Broadcom websites for this issue, but got nowhere.

    Now, on to the other driver problem.

    In Device Manager again, under "Other Devices", it shows:

    - Base System Device

    - Base System Device

    - Base System Device

    (yes, three times)

    In Properties, all three show that the drivers "are not installed. (Code 28)".

    In the Details tab window, under "Location information", the only intelligible info I could get was:

    "PCI bus 3, device 1, function 3" for the first one,

    "PCI bus 3, device 1, function 2" for the second one,

    "PCI bus 3, device 1, function 4" for the third one.

    No additional info.

    I tried every which way to install the drivers from every location I could think of,

    but no cigars. The wizzard kept saying it couldn't find a driver for the device.

    If someone in this forum has a Dell Inspiron laptop running Vista HP, would you

    look up in your own Device Manager what the name of the "Base System Device"

    drivers are, and where they are located, and let me know.

    Maybe I can find them on the web and I'll install them manually.

    As for the "Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter" problem, I have no idea why it won't start.

    Any suggestions ?

    Thanks for any help.
    mud, Apr 27, 2010
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  2. mud


    Nov 18, 2007
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    Hello... ?

    Anybody home... ??

    Hello... ??? Hello... ????
    mud, Apr 28, 2010
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  3. mud


    May 14, 2013
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    I am having a similar issue. I had several devices that had driver issues after replacing a hard drive. So far, I downloaded and paid for a program that took care of all the driver issues except for the broadcom 802.11n network adapter. I have AVG-free virus scan and I purchased the "DriverUpdate" program they offer for $39.99. My computer is running much faster but I still have this one last error with the network adapter giving the same error (code 10). Don't know if it helps you but maybe it will work for you. (Running windows vista 32bit, home premium)
    builderchris, May 14, 2013
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