macbook windows 7 wifi

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Cheetos3254, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. Cheetos3254 macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2010
    Hi I just installed windows 7 ultimate on my macbook via boot camp.

    I installed all the drivers and everything seems to work perfect besides one thing; I can't connect to the internet with my wifi. My iPhone has wifi signal, and if i go back to the mac os x side, my wifi has signal. When I'm on windows 7 it doesn't even detect any wireless networks ( I have quite a few around the house too.)

    If someone could please post a link with steps to fix the problem or post a quick fix yourself, that would be great.

  2. jesterscourt macrumors regular


    Mar 4, 2009
    Common problem, and I just had this issue with my Macbook I purchased last weekend. You need the latest version of BootCamp drivers for the Windows side.

    Just go to and search for "Boot Camp 3.1" (which has W7 drivers). Also make sure that you are getting the correct version (32 or 64 bit, case depending). It's a rather large file ~350 megs. I'd suggest to put it on a flash drive while you are on the OSX side, then plug it in once on the W7 side, and then copy over to the partitioned hard drive and run. It'll take a few minutes to take, it'll ask you to restart, and you should be up and running. It will also optimize the Nvidia drivers, if memory serves.

  3. Cheetos3254 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2010
    I do appreciate your response, it has been very helpful. BUT, when I run the apple software update on the windows partition, Bootcamp 3.1 shows up. When I click install, it prompts me to restart computer for the changes to take place. I restart computer and Bootcamp 3.1 is still in the software update! I have tried this about 3 times now and it just keeps asking me to install it.

    Also, the latest version of Boot Camp on Mac OS X is 3.0.1 right? I've looked around everywhere and checked software update and haven't found any later versions (3.1?)

  4. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Download the drivers when in OS X then transfer it over to the Windows partition. That would be the easiest way. The alternative way is to use the drivers on your install DVD but you would have to install it manually and not through the installer.
  5. Cheetos3254 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2010
    Could you post some steps to what you think may solve the problem? I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but, I will tell you what I have done to give you a better idea.

    2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB ram

    1. Partitioned Hard drive to run Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
    2. Installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (everything went fine)
    3. Inserted MAC OS X disc to install drivers and clicked auto run. When I clicked auto run it didn't give me the options to install drivers, only to remotely install macbook air or something? (everyone says click auto run and it will run drivers but mine didn't)
    4. I went to "computer" and navigated to the OS X disc and manually installed the drivers under apple>bootcamp64
    5. Went to Apple Software Update and downloaded the boot camp 3.1 driver update. The software update prompts me to reboot computer for changes to take effect.
    6. Reboot computer, and the update is still in the Apple Software Update.
    7. I go to device manager, and the "Network Controller" has an exclamation mark meaning i need to install drivers. I click install drivers and it says no drivers can be found. I click info for the network controller and under the device info nothing is recognized.

    If someone could please leave me steps as to how they fixed this problem that would be great. Also if you could let me know why when i inserted my mac os x why it didnt prompt me to install drivers but it instead came up with a remote install of macbook air or something? (I have a MacBook) Every where I've looked said install the mac os x disc and it would auto install drivers, but mine doesn't?

  6. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    1. Right-click Computer>Properties
    2. Left pane, click on Device Manager
    3. Double-click the network adaptor (should be the one with the yellow flag)
    4. Click on the "Driver" Tab.
    5. Click on "Update Driver"
    6. Click on "Browse my computer for driver software"
    7. Click on "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer"
    8. (If Applicable) Uncheck the box "Show compatible hardware"
    9. Under Manufacturer, look for "Broadcom" (NOT Broadcom Coporation) and then under Network Adapter, look for "Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter (Broadcom) (If you see more than 1, just select the first on the list))
    10. Hopefully everything worked and the driver should install. Restart when prompted and it should work.

    I have tried this method for many of my friends/families MacBook when the installer method didn't work and before the latest BootCamp drivers were available so it should work for you as well.
  7. Cheetos3254 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2010
    I tried it and it said something like "code 10, can not complete download..?"

    in device manager, everything looks to be ok except for "other devices" has a small "?" with a circle and. When I click to show contens the "Network Controller" has a yellow triangle with a "!"

    I am completely stumped and can't figure this out.

    under the network controller properties, I click on the "driver" tab and it says:

    Driver Provider: Unknown
    Driver Date: Not available
    Driver Version: Not available
    Digital Signer: Not digitally signed
  8. Cheetos3254 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2010
    ok! I got it!

    Instead of applying the drivers to where you said, I went to the "other" under the undiscovered network controller and applied the steps you said!

    It works!

    Thanks for your time, I really do appreciate it!
  9. mandyfkm macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2010

    Hi. I have installed w7 professional 64 bit in my macbook unibody (late 2009). Unfortunately, after trying your method my wifi is still not working. I have been trying so many manual install methods (includes downloading the drivers from website and installing them) with no luck. Now when I choose set up new connection, there is indeed a wifi option (before installing the driver there is none), but then when I choose wifi, the small windows will pop up as usual from the system tray saying "No network connection available, troubleshoot". May you have any advice for me? Many thanks!!!
  10. klaze macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2010
    Hi, I had the same problem as you when I installed my Windows 7 last week. My Windows 7 didn't detect any signal for internet because no drivers were installed. To fix this, I basically downloaded the latest version of Boot Camp while on the Window 7 side and thats basically all. After it finished downloading, it should install all the drivers for you. Hope this helped.
  11. mandyfkm macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2010
    Hi. I actually installed bootcamp 3.1 long time ago and it didn't fix the problem. I wonder why..... Anymore suggestions? =(
    Thanks though.
  12. imatebox macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2010
    Windows 7 error with wifi connection

    Hi, THank for the guide. I have succesully installed the Broadcom adapter driver. Now i can see the wireless connections. BUt yet the problem isnt solved. I am trying to connect to my Thomson DSL wirelss router which has a WEP key on it. WHen i say connect to the connection, it is not asking me for any key and error saying windows was unable to cnnect to this network. Any solutions.
    Sorry i m new to this forum.
  13. AshMan macrumors regular

    May 1, 2010
    You can try to manually edit the wifi settings through the network properties for the wifi card to edit the profile for it so you can set the security settings.

    When I set up w7 on my MacBook 6,1 Everything worked like a charm didn't have any issues and all I did was install bootcamp 3.1 after install.

    I do come from a pc background so any issues I knew I could figure out and after reading here o. Peoples issues I expect some issue but no problems here
  14. imatebox macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2010
    Thank you Ashman,

    I have recognized the problem. The wifi router i have is 802.11b/g and the broadcom router driver which we install on windows 7 as per the suggestion on this forum is 802.11n. is there any way we can change this 802.11n to be on 802.11b/g. most of the DSL routers available are 802.11b/g. Please help if we can reinstall some other driver on the adapter which can take 802.11b/g as well. Thanks a million for everyones help

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