Can't find Broadcom Wireless Card

June 17, 2009 at 20:47:34
Specs: Windows Vista Basic
I have a Dual Boot on my laptop. I have
windows 7 Rc and Windows Vista Basic. I just
installed windows Vista and got everything
working except my Wireless Card. When I
boot into Windows 7 it sees it and uses it with
no problem. But when I boot into windows
Vista it cant see it. It also says that there is a
problem with my network controller the
problem is there is no driver but it cant find one
online. When i use everest it says the
unknown network controller id is
when i look it up it comes up as the broadcom
adapter. I have installed the correct drivers for
my device a few times and i have uninstalled
the device and tried to reinstall it but it wont
recognize the drivers as the right ones and i
verified they were right because i looked them
up on my other boot.

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June 17, 2009 at 20:48:05
Sorry I forgot to tell you it is a Acer Aspire 5515

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June 17, 2009 at 20:58:05
I suspect your choice of software is lying to you.

Your laptop has Realtek wired ethernet, and one of three different possible wireless network adapters (Atheros, Foxconn, or Ralink) according to Acer themselves.




I've never actually "met" a Broadcom wifi card...tons of wired ones though. It's possible Broadcom and one of the above brands work together in a "brand engineering" scheme, so you might really have a Broadcom card sold under a different brand, but let's go with what Acer says first and foremost unless you've had the card replaced with a different one.

Download and run Unknown Devices ( It might identify your card, at least brand name hopefully.

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June 18, 2009 at 11:22:42
Dude I worked so hard on this problem and it never occured to
me that broadcom would work with someone else for the
wireless card. I was the Foxcon driver. You have no idea how
much you helped. The problem is solved and it was thanks to
you and that unknown devices program every other utility i ran
just told me it was a broadcom device that was the only one that
said it was also a foxcon device. thankyou.

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June 18, 2009 at 18:34:52
Glad I could help :)

When in doubt with any sort of laptop driver issues, you should always visit the manufacturer website and lookup the model number. Even if they don't offer drivers for your version of your OS, they will often reveal brands and model numbers which can be helpful in tracking down the right version.

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June 18, 2009 at 19:31:27
yeah i went there first but none of the drivers were for a
broadcom device that i could tell it wasnt until you pointed out
that one of the drivers might be for a collaboration between
broadcom and someone else. Thanks again.

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