Dell Inspiron Laptop
Windows 7 (64bit)
Wireless card - Dell 1510 mini (but I think made by Broadcomm)
Been getting BSODs (always whilst on wireless) - so updated wireless driver to the latest one on the Dell site.
Now the wirelss adapter won't enable.
I've tried old and new drivers (from the PC, from the new download and from "the internet").
I've tried de-installing the adapter and letting plug n' play take over - same result.
I don't normally use Win7, so I'll just say that in "the big page which shows your adapters" (lie Network Connections in XP) the wireless adapter is clearly disabled. Enabling it brings up a message "Enabling" followed by "Enabled" ... but it isn't. However I try to enable it it stays disabled (including the F2 applet).
But in Device Manager it says that it is working properly (!). It can be enabled ... but going back to the Connection section shows that it isn't (nor do we get any wireless connection to our netork - something normally automatic).
Troubleshooting the connection says that "There may be a problem with the wireless driver" and it goes away and tries various solutions - none of which work.
I am logged on as Admin and I have tried many reboots.
System Restore doesn't seem to work. This is the first time I ever tried it - fat lot of good that turned out to be. It complained about anti virus progams. I run Avast. Although I can turn off all of the shields I don't see how I can actually stop running Avast completely. So I am unable to System Restore to yesterday.
The only thing I DID notice was that before the problem I'm almost certiain that I had TWO entries in Device Manager (one called Dell and I think one called Broadcomm). Ever since I have only had one (Dell).
What else can I try ?
a) to enable the wireless card,
b) to run System Restore