Downloaded the Lenovo Driver for the wireless card but it would not install.
I'm guessing you haven't manually installed drivers before. That's OK, many people don't know how
. The truth is that many executable driver packages include extra files or applications that are completely unnecessary (and possibly even detrimental) to the actual operation of the device. In that case you will want to be familiar with how to manually install or update just the drivers while bypassing any of these unnecessary applications.
For example, I recommended that you download the IN6WLN49WW1.exe
file from Lenovo since it contains the latest Broadcom WLAN drivers. Unfortunately you won't be able to run that executable to install the drivers because Lenovo included a pre-install check for only two specific Broadcom-based adapters (ones that Lenovo sells), even though the actual driver is universal and supports over 40 different Broadcom-based adapters (including the Dell 1370 card).
In order to bypass any pre-install applications, you will want to extract and install the driver directly. Since this type of .exe is basically a .zip archive in executable form, you could just rename it with a .zip extension and then use Windows built-in Zip functionality
to open the archive and extract (copy) the desired folder. Or you could use something like 7-Zip
to extract the folder without renaming the archive. In either case, if you are running Windows XP then the driver files you want are in the BROADCOM01\Driver\XP folder contained in the archive (everything else is completely unnecessary). There are also folders for 7/Vista in case you needed drivers for those OS instead.
Once the desired folder is extracted (copied) from the archive you can manually install/update the driver. To do this, in the Device Manager right click on the wireless network adapter device and select Update Driver...
, this will open the Hardware Update Wizard
. Where it asks Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software?
select No, not this time
, then click Next
. Then where it asks What do you want the wizard to do?
select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)
, then click Next
. Make sure Search for the best driver in these locations
and Include this location in the search:
are checked, then click Browse
, then browse to the location of the BROADCOM01\Driver\XP folder you previously extracted, then click OK
. At this point the driver should install.
Let me know if the latest driver helps. If not, then perhaps the WLAN adapter is defective or there are other problems involved. In that case try a different (known-good) WLAN adapter or a fresh reload. Scott.