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Windows XP Unable to access wireless

Broadcom 802.11g driver

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I have a Windows XP laptop that I have updated with Windows SP3.  I am unable to access the internet and I think it is because I do not have WPA2.  I think I have read that I need the driver for Broadcom 802.11g.  The computer is a M675.  Do I need the driver for this specific machine or can I use a generic driver for Broadcom 802.11g.  Not sure where to find it or if it is safe.

 

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Microsoft has some

 

https://www.catalog....roadcom 802.11g

 

Probably unless you have a rare 64 bit XP you would need the 3.40.25.3.  Don't know if that will give you the newer encryptions tho.  Would help to know exactly what you have:

 

Right click on My Computer and select Manage and then Device Manager  Open Network Adapters Right click on your Wifi adapter and select properties then click on the Details tab.  Change Property to Hardware IDs.  Click on the top one then right click and copy.  Paste that into a reply.  Also report if you have 32 or 64 bit XP.

 

 

Most of the time we have to replace the WiFi adapter in order to get the newer encryptions.  You can get a TP-Link TL-WN725N N150 USB wireless WiFi network Adapter for pc with SoftAP Mode - Nano Size, Compatible with Windows XP/7/8

for $8 from Amazon.

Walmart also has similar for even less.


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Thanks. Computer is a 32 bit XP.  Does that mean I would use 3.30.15.0 or 3.40.25.3?  Could not find any identification for 32 bit or 64 bit in the list.

 

Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter #2 Hardware ID's:

 

PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4320&SUBSYS_041814E4&REV_03

PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4320&SUBSYS_041814E4

PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4320&CC_028000

PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4320&CC_0280


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WP2 came out in 2004 so neither of the 3. versions will give you what you want.  I would try

 

4.100.15.5

 

The bottom one of the three (Windows XP,Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003) since it says it will work on XP and XP 64.  I downloaded the driver and its .inf file says that the XP install supports PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4320 so it will probably work.  Worth trying anyway.  The date is 2006 so it might have WPA2.  No way to tell from the inf file.


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That worked!  Had to figure out which files to extract.  I picked all of those other than those that said "64"  bcm43xx, bcm43xx64, bcmwl5, bcmwl564.  Had to start a couple of times and now the wireless light is blinking - not sure what that means.  Network connection properties are WPA2-PSK and AES. Not sure what the blinking means.  Interesting that it was solid on when I was unable to access internet and was unable to access internet.  Also was unable to shut off.  Now it is blinking.  Odd.

 

Thanks for your help.  Appreciate any suggestions. 


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I would have just extracted all of them and then run the setup program that came with it and let it figure out which ones it needs.

 

So does it connect now?


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Yes, thanks! 

 

Do you think I should extract all files and redo in case I missed any (since I selected drivers to install rather than extracting all)?  Any harm (or benefit) in reinstalling same drivers?


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I think if it's working you probably got all of them so don't worry about.


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Thanks for your help. 


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