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I recently rebuilt my laptop (a Dell Inspiron with Windows XP) after receiving help on these forums.

Everything is working properly again now, except that I am unable to connect wirelessly to the internet via my Belkin router.

I have just had a lengthy conversation with a nice chap from Belkin who did all he could to help me, but his ultimate verdict was that I need to reinstall the LAN card via the "motherboard CD" I got from Dell when I got my laptop.

The thing is, I have no CD that says it's a motherboard CD. And I bought this laptop more than five years ago - Dell are hardly going to send me anything I might need now.

Can anyone here tell me if I'll be able to connect wirelessly again, as I was doing before the recent problems on my computer?

Thanks.
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What model Dell Inspiron is it we might be able to find the drivers for you!
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Hi, and thanks for this.

It's an Inspiron 5160.
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Here you are http://support.dell....n&catid=&impid= check under network and communications for the driver you require.
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Thanks again for this.

The thing is that there are 10 entries listed under Network. Do I need to download them all?
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No, only the drivers for the type of WLAN card you have installed, do you know the type of card fitted?
If you don`t know use PC Wizard to get some system information http://www.cpuid.com...ns-history.html
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Hi again - sorry if I'm being thick here, but I'm not sure what to look for on that PC Wizard site.

I don't know what type of WLAN card I have installed - I don't even know what a WLAN card is!

I guess that means I need the PC Wizard site, but as I say, I don't know what to do next.

Thanks again.

Edited: Ignore this post - I've now found it! Thanks - I'll now download the Broadcom driver.

Edited by Canary, 21 November 2010 - 02:53 PM.

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If you look at the top right hand corner of the screen you will see an orange download icon, click on this and download it, when you get the square dialogue box in the centre of the screen click on it and it will provide you with a list of your hardware components including your WLAN card some info on WLAN cards can be found here http://en.wikipedia....ki/Wireless_LAN
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Hi - I've downloaded the Broadcom 440x from the Dell site as instructed, but now I've just got an icon sitting on my desktop. If I click on it, a window opens with a whole load of shortcuts in it. I'm not sure what I need to do next.

Thanks!
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Whoops - my mistake. I downloaded the HTML file rather than the Driver . . . I'm doing now what I should have done before.

Sorry - bear with me!

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Right - I've made some progress, but now I've hit a brick wall.

The Belkin router is running correctly - all the correct lights are on - and I can connect to the internet via the router, but only when it's connected via the cable.

I have tried plugging the USB adapter in and connecting to the router wirelessly, but I'm having no joy. The light on the adapter (which is a Belkin adapater and which came with the router) is going green when it's plugged in, so it's definitely connected to the laptop OK. But I can't seem to go online wirelessly.

I've just spoken to someone at Belkin for the fourth time today - he is now saying that there's another problem with the driver, but I can't see what he means.

Does any of this make any sense to you?

Thanks again.
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Hi - please can someone help me with the completion of the Broadcom installation?

I've got a folder on my desktop but I don't know what to do next.

Thanks in advance.
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