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On my Dell Inspiron 1521: Broadcom Network Adapter Error Code 10

Bought the laptop used w/a fresh reinstall of Win Vista Premium. After checking why the wi-fi wasn't working, I saw the code and downloaded all new Vista Updates from MS.com. In the Device Manager, the error still reads "This device cannot start (Code 10)". Nothing's changed. I've read thru many forums, but the advice seems to be the same - uninstall and reinstall the drivers, but when I check for solutions, I see 'the driver is updated to the latest version...

I'd appreciate any help I can get.

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    Robert Nyilas May 11, 2010

    did you verified if is not disables in BIOS?

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Go to Dell and download the driver from there. The MS driver doesn't actually control the device, only controls function after device is active and working. Look on the bottom or back of the computer for the Dell service tag number, and use this to identify the correct device and get the device drivers. You may also find some other things there that weren't installed by the OS.

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