i have an identical problem re: xp professional and the broadcom controller, did you find a way to install the drivers properly?
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My problem turned out to be that I was missing the driver for my Dell TrueMobile 1300 wireless ethernet card. It turns out that the Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller driver was installed correctly. I went to the following URL and downloaded the driver for the wirless card, ran the installation, and the error message went away:
I don't know if you have a wireless network card, but if you do, this might be the source of your problem as well. Originally, when I went to the Dell driver download site (which is supposed to list all downloads for your machine based upon your machine profile) but it didn't list the wireless network card driver. Thus, I failed to install it when I reinstalled the XP operating system. Dell Tech Support was no help either...instead of going through my drivers to make sure I had them all installed based upon my system configuration, the rep had me reboot 4 times and then transferred me to a different department when I asked to speak to his supervisor. But I digress...good luck fixing your machine.
I cannot get the ethernet to work. I had to reformat the hard drive on my Dell Inspiron 5100 and in trying to use the CD with the drivers that came with this computer, nothing insofar as drivers (as far as I can tell) works. Assorted messages such as, "the driver you have is the most current available" Fact is, i don't have any as exhibited by the numerous yellow question marks on "Device Manager> Other Devices> Ethernet Controller...
I have tried in vain to download an updated driver from the web but there is always some glitch. I am running Windows XP Pro. The driver selected from teh web comes back as "unable to open this page". I am doing the attemped downloads on a different computer with the intent of downloading the driver to a stick drive then uploading it to the Dell Inspiron 5100.
The computer is quite old now but has probably less than fifty hours of actual run time on it. I would like to have it as a back up. I know better than to ask Dell Service so I am going public. Where can I get a viable driver for ethernet for the computer?
In order to get your drivers to work properly they have to be installed in the correct order. You must first load Notebook System Software, then Intel Chipset drivers then your ethernet drivers. You can get your drivers from the support page by clicking on support at the top of this page. Then clicking on drivers and downloads. enter your service tag and choose your operating system. Your ethernet drivers will be the broadcom drivers.
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