How can I make a Lenovo G530 wireless adapter work after upgrading to Windows XP SP3?

Rickesh John May 5, 2012
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Hello everyone,

I am using a Lenovo G530 laptop and recently I upgraded the OS to Windows XP Service Pack 3. Due to its low configuration, I didn’t have much upgrading options so I just went from SP2 to SP3. :)

Anyways, now that I have SP3 installed, it fails to discover any wireless network. I am pretty sure that the network is on and fully functional (y friends are able to access it on their laptops). The device manager didn’t show any errors in driver installation and I have tried both the drivers provided on Lenovo’s site. When I reported this anomaly to Lenovo’s support forum, I got the answer that the drivers don’t work with SP3!!!
Apart from wireless connectivity, the Bluetooth device also is not working properly.

Now I don’t want to re-install SP2 and do all the customizations again. Is there anything else I can do besides formatting my laptop? Please advice.

Details:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @2.0Ghz
RAM: 1 GB
OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
Network Adapter: Broadcom 802.11g

  1. ha14
    May 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    try this microsoft fixit
    MicrosoftFixit.devices.Run hardware and device connected to pc
    http://support.microsoft.com/mats/hardware_device_problems/en-us

  2. Bruce Epper
    May 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    As long as you didn't tell the SP3 installer to not backup your files, you can go into Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel and uninstall SP3. It will restore all of the files it upgraded and restore your machine to its pre-SP3 state.

    You can also go to the Broadcom website and use the instructions here http://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet_nic/determine_driver.php to determine which driver you need and download it directly from their site here http://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet_nic/downloaddrivers.php

    Trying the Broadcom site first is your best bet since you can keep running a supported version of XP, but if you can't the the drivers there, rolling back the SP is pretty much your only (trusted) option.