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Can't locate Network Adapter in Device Manager


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#1 TripleDigitRide

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 07:06 PM

Acer Aspire 5315
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My girlfriend just got this laptop from her father. It was functioning properly when he had it. Before he handed it over to her, he installed and ran the Windows Anytime Upgrade DVD. He wanted to clear all of his information.

We attempted to connect the laptop to a wireless router, no luck. We also had no luck while connecting the laptop directly to the cable modem. Windows could not find a network.

We tried locating "Network Adapter" in the Device Manager, but it doesn't appear to be listed anywhere.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Edited by TripleDigitRide, 13 August 2010 - 07:07 PM.


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Posted 13 August 2010 - 09:07 PM

Did you try to go to Acer site, download and install network driver?

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 09:17 PM

Did you try to go to Acer site, download and install network driver?

I went to the site, but wasn't sure what to download. And I'm still a little unsure how to get the file from my PC to the laptop.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 09:20 PM

I went to the site, but wasn't sure what to download.
Here you go. :huh:
[ Broadcom - LAN Driver - 10.46.0.0 - Vista Home Basic 32bit ]

I'm still a little unsure how to get the file from my PC to the laptop.
A USB Flash drive?

Edited by ReviverSoft, 13 August 2010 - 09:23 PM.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 09:31 PM

I went to the site, but wasn't sure what to download.
Here you go. :huh:
[ Broadcom - LAN Driver - 10.46.0.0 - Vista Home Basic 32bit ]

I'm still a little unsure how to get the file from my PC to the laptop.
A USB Flash drive?



Thank you for the first part.


I planned on using a flash drive, but I wasn't sure what to do with it from there? How do I get it installed onto the laptop once it's on the flash drive?

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 09:36 PM

Transfer the file to laptop's desktop and run it from there.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 09:39 PM

Transfer the file to laptop's desktop and run it from there.


Transfer the file, open, and click run? It's that easy? Sorry for my ignorance on the subject.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 09:55 PM

Copy from USB drive, paste on the desktop and run by double clicking on the file.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:19 PM

Copy from USB drive, paste on the desktop and run by double clicking on the file.


After transfering to desktop and double clicking, a box pops up with the name of the file in it. I then click on the file, then another box pops up with with several seperate files inside. There is an option to extract all files. Not sure if that's what I'm supposed to do. It says to select a location, and again, I'm lost.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:31 PM

Ok, i extracted the files from the shortcut onto the desktop. Should I now be able to acess the internet, or is there another step?

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:31 PM

Right click on LAN_Broadcom_v.10.46.0.0_Vistax86.zip and click "Extract all"
It'll create new folder: LAN_Broadcom_v.10.46.0.0_Vistax86
Open that folder.
Inside, you'll find another LAN_Broadcom_v.10.46.0.0_Vistax86 folder.
Inside you'll find Vista folder.
Inside you'll find IA32 folder.
Inside, you'll find b57nd60x.inf file.
Right click on it, click "Install".

Restart computer.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:34 PM

Please, follow what I said in my previous reply.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:40 PM

Right click on LAN_Broadcom_v.10.46.0.0_Vistax86.zip and click "Extract all"
It'll create new folder: LAN_Broadcom_v.10.46.0.0_Vistax86
Open that folder.
Inside, you'll find another LAN_Broadcom_v.10.46.0.0_Vistax86 folder.
Inside you'll find Vista folder.
Inside you'll find IA32 folder.
Inside, you'll find b57nd60x.inf file.
Right click on it, click "Install".

Restart computer.



The only one that had the Install option was b57nd60x - Setup Information. But when I clicked install, an Install Error message came up saying "The INF file you selected does not support this method of installation.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:49 PM

I assume, this is 32-bit Vista?

Try something different.
In main folder, LAN_Broadcom_v.10.46.0.0_Vistax86, you'll find b57win32.inf file.
Right click, click "Install".

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:57 PM

I assume, this is 32-bit Vista?

Try something different.
In main folder, LAN_Broadcom_v.10.46.0.0_Vistax86, you'll find b57win32.inf file.
Right click, click "Install".

Restart computer.


I'm guessing the .inf file is the Setup Information file? because none actually have the .inf after them.

Either way, that didn't work either. Same error message. Yes, the OS is a 32-bit version.

Edited by TripleDigitRide, 13 August 2010 - 10:58 PM.





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