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I have recently patitioned my system to dual boot between Vista Business and Xp Professional. This is working fine and I have re-installed many of the drivers. However, my wireless router is not being picked up in XP. If I  look in control panel in XP under network adaptors I  have an entry for Realtek which is listed as working but no Broadcom 802.11g which is also listed in control panel under network adaptors in Vista. I guess I need this for my wireless router to be picked up ? Any ideas ? Have looked to see where I can download the driver but not any real success
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Have you taken a look in your device manager?  Does it or any warnings appear?
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Guessing this being a laptop, check your MFGR website's support for the downloads to the broadcom driver.....Mostly, those are supported by the OEMs......

What brand/model?
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Thanks for the replies. I have looked in device manager only Realtek GigaBIT Ethernet NIC is installed and working properly. This is a partitioned desk top with Vista and Xp. I added the Xp partition and have used Dell's resource cd to reinstall most of the drivers for XP but the wireless adaptor is not working. In control panel on the Vista partition I can see the Realtek entry but also the Broadcom adaptor. I guess it's this I need to get working for the wireless. Also if I try to add the adaptor manually only microsft appears in the list of manufacturers. If I try the same thing in Vista Broadcom, Microsoft and one or two other appear. The only other warning in the XP control panel id under other devices and this is reporting network controller is not working but think this is tied up with the Broadcom ? OEM is Dell and they have been particularly useless !!
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Go here and see if your driver is listed for download http://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet_nic/downloaddrivers.php
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Yes I had already tried this but there is no driver listed for 802.11g. The hardware id is not listed and I can't find anywhere to download from
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What is th hardware and model of your broadcom card? OEM or not. What is the model of your laptop from dell?
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http://support.dell.com/support/index.aspx?~ck=pn

Click on Drivers and Downloads,m and enter your Service Tag from the bottom of the laptop. It should take you to the Drivers download page for your model, and you shouls see the broadcom utility/drivers there....

Post your LT model number here if you need help finding it....
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Thanks for your replies. You won't find reference to Broadcom 802.11g Network Adaptor driver on Dell's site. However, I did use the driver id in google i.e. PCI\VEN&4381xxxxx - incidentally the 4381 indicates the manufacturer in this case Broadcom. This id is indentifiable in the properties section found in device manager. If you Google this you will find some sites where you can download the driver. Nevertheless, I appreciate you taking the time to assist and therefore  I propose giving Nappy D 25 pts and John6767 50 pts. Hope this is acceptable !
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No problem at all. Glad youre fixed...
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