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Wireless Adapter permanently disabled after sleep mode - Windows 7 64 bit

Hello,

Info:
Laptop: 2014 Macbook Pro running Bootcamp (dual boot...not a VM) with Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
Network Adapter: Broadcom 802.11ac Network Adapter
Driver version: 6.30.223.215

Issue: My broadcom 802.11ac wireless adapter becomes permanently disabled when waking from sleep mode. It requires a restart in order to become enabled. If I try to manually re-enable it, I get a message saying "Enabling..." -> "Enabled!" but after this message the device still says Disabled and the wireless still won't connect to anything. This issue is very reproducible. Occurs both under battery power and when plugged in.

What have I tried?: Tried disabling the "Allow windows to disable this device to save power" under power management, which didn't work. Tried updating driver but Windows Update says the driver is up to date. I was able to find a newer version (6.30.223.227) but I can only find it hosted on Russian websites which makes me a little suspicious.
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  1. Might try disabling and unloading the driver -but don't delete it, shut down restart and then reinstalling
  2. Tradesman1 said:
    Might try disabling and unloading the driver -but don't delete it, shut down restart and then reinstalling


    Thanks for the advice Tradesman1. How exactly do I "unload" a driver? Do you mean uninstall?
  3. Yes, uninstall, it should reinstall itself at the next boot, that way if any of the files are corrupt, they should reinstall with clean versions of the files
  4. Best answer
    Tradesman1 said:
    Might try disabling and unloading the driver -but don't delete it, shut down restart and then reinstalling


    OK so I just solved my problem. It turned out it was being caused by my Zone Alarm Pro Firewall. I re-booted into safe mode, uninstalled the firewall, restarted and now the network adaptor works fine coming out of sleep. I installed Comodo Firewall and the network adaptor is still working like it should.

    On a side note, I also use Avast Antivirus. I uninstalled that first (before the firewall) and the network adaptor was still not re-enabling so Avast was not an issue. I have since re-installed Avast with the Comodo firewall and everything is running fine.
  5. Glad to hear all is well, now you can kick back and have some fun :)
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