11-29-2011 12:33 PM
I recently re-installed XP on an S10e but could not get the WLAN to work. I installed every driver on the lenovo website for the broadcom S series drivers but no success. And then tried again
2 weeks later I then re-formatted and installed Windows Vista but again same issues.
Go to the device manager and select the Details tab
My VEN number was 8086 and DeV number 4327
I then went to http://www.pcidatabase.com
entered the details and found that device was an Intel (R) WiFi Link 5100 AGN (according to the chip id)
(use the browser find function with the device id number-saves a lot of time going through the list)
followed the link to http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Default.aspx?lang=eng
and found the matching device id
Wireless Technology >> Intel Centrino WIFI Products >>Intel WIFI Link 5300 and Intel WIFI Link 5100
installed the driver for my operating system and now everything is working 100%
It seems that the device id in the BIOS is incorrect or that it really is an Intel and not broadcom chip.
I hope this helps the many people that are having the same issue as I had and ends the endless traul on getting the WIFI working again.
Good luck and let me know if it work for you
Solved! Go to Solution.
11-29-2011 12:38 PM
11-29-2011 02:54 PM
Hi and welcome,
first ...congrats excellent explanation ...
second i have a question did you bought your S10e as used or new ?
If you bought the machine as used netbook, could be possible that earlier user did change the card ..
third ..on the other hand, but that is valid for newer machines.
i know that different wireless cards for Ideapad S205 are factoryinstalled
comes with atheros cards , other countrys will get S205 with broadcom cards..
11-30-2011 12:18 AM
This machine was bought new about 1-2 years ago with factory installed OS, everything was working fine until malware messed up the OS and OKR (aka F11) wouldn't work.
It may have been a chip mix up on assembly but that won't explain why it worked with original driver.
Any ideas how to check? The back plate only gave access to the HDD and a RAM slot
11-30-2011 12:20 PM - edited 11-30-2011 12:37 PM
Hi , the wireless card is placed under palmrest ...
four screws and you can check wlan card .. download HMM (Hardware Maintanance. Manual) HMM on page 73 you can see what to do.. be sure to remove battery and psu before you go... only lift the palmrest , its no need to unplug the cable..
on the left side you should see the wlan card
11-30-2011 11:56 PM
I took a look and it was an Intel WIFI Link 1500 card.
I brought this brand new from a retailer in Australia when they had a special on these.
I checked the MAC address sticker on the Base and it doesn't match the MAC address on the card sticker.
Well i guess if the drivers for others aren't working it's because the wrong WIFI card is in there.
Thanks to everyone posting on the forum to help identify the issue.
I took photos but can't figure out how to upload them