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No WiFi Broadcom adapter with IE8

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  1. bericn

    bericn Thread Starter

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    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
    OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
    Processor: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-58, x64 Family 15 Model 104 Stepping 1
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 1981 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 , 64 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 144247 MB, Free - 54438 MB; D: Total - 7317 MB, Free - 418 MB; F: Total - 1059 MB, Free - 692 MB;
    Motherboard: Quanta, 30BF, 69.2E, None
    Antivirus: BitDefender Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

    I have a HP Pavillion tx1210us laptop running Vista Home Premium 32bit.

    I was using my WiFi without problems for months with IE8, then suddenly last week I have no WiFi connection. My Network Connection did not list any WiFi adapters. I ran the Network Connection diagnostic program and it said "no wifi adapter recognized or configured" ... or something like that. In the Programs and Features area I list the Broadcom 802.11 Wireless LAN adapter, but the Broadcom 4321 AG 802.11 a/b/g/draft-n Wi-Fi adapter is missiing in Device Manager. Both my 6TO4 Adapters have yellow triangles w/ !'s inside. All drivers are up to date.
    I tried uninstalling the Broadcom 4321 WiFi adapter and reinstalling it. I removed my Bit Defender antivirus program completely. Nothing fixed it. I restored my computer to a point listed as one week ago which fixed it once for that session, but when I rebooted my computer, I was without the WiFi adapter again. After several system restores to that point even that stopped fixing the problem.
    I finally removed IE8 and returned to IE7...viola...my wireless adapter is again functioning (5.10 driver version now). I tried reinstalling IE8. It worked once ...and then not again, even after several reboots. I uninstalled IE8 again and ....viola..the Broadcom driver reappears and everything works fine.
    Do you have any solution ideas. I mentioned it to Office Depot and he said that, yea, it may work now in IE7, but eventually it will stop because IE7 does not support IPV6 technology.
    What if I upgrade to Windows 7? Could that fix my problem (and can I upgrade to a 64bit version since my computer has 2 core processors? I currently have a 32bit version of Vista Home Premium)
     
  2. Rockn

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    Why would IE7 fix your wireless issue? It makes no sense at all. Why is this a poll anyway?
     
  3. valis

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    and IE7 does indeed support ipv6.
     
  4. bericn

    bericn Thread Starter

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    This my first time on. I accidentally took the poll option and I cannot get it off now. All I know is that, reguardless if it makes sense or not, the WiFi adapter works with IE7 and not IE8. So does anyone have some fix suggestions/solutions or not?
     
  5. valis

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    are you using proxy settings? does it work with other browsers, such as FF?

    Chances are it's a setting somewhere. If it works consistently with IE7 and not IE8, you may have also gotten some malware.
     
  6. bericn

    bericn Thread Starter

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    I do not use proxy settings, it works with FF and all my computer is cleaned of malware and virus scans daily,
     
  7. valis

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    odd. The fact that it worked for a long time and then quit points to some update somewhere. Have you updated the broadcom routers firmware?
     
  8. bericn

    bericn Thread Starter

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    What is the broadcom routers firmware?
    Update: I got the driver to work doing a system recovery / windows recovery once , but once again after rebooting the computer, I lost the communication to the driver. I attempted to repeat the recovery, but to no avail this time. It seems when I can get the driver to be to work, the computer learns how to block it. If I try to reinstall the driver, the computer asks if I want to rewrite over the present one, even though it doesn't list it anywhere in Wireless Assistant nor under Device Manager.
    If I upgrade to Windows 7 for Vista Home premium, do you think it will fix the problem?
     
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