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I have installed Windows Vista Ultimate onto my iMAC, but cannot get Internet access due to an apparent error relating to the Broadcom 802.11n adapter. My iMAC, on the Windows side, cannot detect any wireless networks.

I tried to update the network adapter driver via my MAC OS disk, but am still unable to find any wireless networks on the Windows partition. I also installed a Broadcom 802.11n adapter driver from an Internet download (via a different computer of course), but still the same problem persists. I disabled the Firewall as well.

In Device Manager / properties: "This device cannot start. (Code 10)

Hope you can help - urgent please!
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by:dlan75
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Hi,
To start from the beggining, you should avoid from installing Windows Vista ! XP or 7 but not Vista.
Can you try to install another wireless adapter (usb key for example)?
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by:ngcmos
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Mac makes hard ware specifically for a mac. Windows was not made to run on a mac. You probably wont find a driver for windows for that mac but who knows theres a chance. Look up the specific make and model of the card then google it " *make and model*  Windows Vista driver"
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After much trial and error I managed to find a driver that works: Dell Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card.

I downloaded and ran the R189137 application; I guess it had the Dell Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card as one of its drivers.

I then went to Device Manager, uninstalled the Network Adapter Broadcom 802.11n driver, and Restarted the computer.

I went back to Device Manager and Updated the Network Adapter Broadcom 802.11 by allowing it to automatically search for an updated driver - I guess it decided on the Dell Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card driver.

I then immediately Restarted the computer, and yes it  successfully replaced the Network Adapter Broadcom 802.11 with the Dell Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card driver.

I could then get Internet access which allowed me to update Windows Vista's Ethernet drivers and many other required updates.
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by:webachievements
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The R189137 application is about 60 mb, and of course I used a different computer to download it, then transferred it to the computer that had the Network Adapter problem.

Hope this helps someone out there!
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