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Maximus V Formula mPCIe WiFi Problems

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August 4, 2012 2:37:48 AM

I got my new PC up and running but the WiFi+Bluetooth module continues to vex me.

Windows 7 installed on the SSD. I then put the included Asus disc into the BD drive and installed all drivers via InstALL. Did the same with the Utilties. Installed all software for the DirectCU II Top GTX680 and hoped all was well but...

All my devices are looking good except the WiFi portion. My bluetooth is showing up just fine both in control panel and in the wireless network devices. I am showing an unknown device however. I suspect it is the WiFi since it is not working.

So I try running AI Suite. No luck. I hooked up a spare USB WiFi adapter I had lying around and downloaded the WiFi drivers from the support site and then disconnected the USB. I ran ASUSSetup.exe and it launches the AI Suite but doesn't give me the option to install the drivers. No worries: I just opened up the files, navigated to Win7/Vista folder and ran the setup from there. A menu pops up asking me if it's cool to install these driver from publisher Broadcom. Please do...my patience is wearing thin.

The drivers appear to be installing and then goes away...wtf?

I run the same .exe again and this time after running the install it asks to reboot my PC. I do so and after returning to my desktop still no device. Shows unknown in the control panel. Fuuuuuuuuuuuu... OK how about a BIOS (UEFI?) update to 701. No luck there either.

At this point I surrender and start jumping into Windows 7 bits. I run all current Windows Updates including optionals. I reconnected my USB adapter and tried to find drivers online. No joy: it asked me to download from the vendor...

I then offer to provide the drivers from the disc. It says no drivers found on the disc. I tried each folder individually. Still no applicable drivers. So I then tell it to custom browse from a folder of my designation where it then finds the bc setup file and gives me a selection of various Broadcom products and drivers. I thought I had it at this point but after trying EVERY one of the offered drivers on 7 all I would get is a warning that the driver might not work, cause the PC to be unstable, kill everyone I love etc etc. After installing each one I would get a code 10 error saying the device would not start. I'd uninstall and repeat for each driver. I still have no WiFi...

This is hugely frustrating to be defeated by this. I have yet to find what model card this is and, even if I knew, I can find NO WHERE on Broadcom's support area to download directly from them. The Asus download didn't work so that leaves me pretty well stiffed right now. The module is clearly good because my bluetooth works like a champ. Board is good too because after running all the benchmarks and stressing the whole system for two days it hasn't even given me a hiccup.

Someone...help...
August 4, 2012 3:29:16 AM

prosoto said:
I got my new PC up and running but the WiFi+Bluetooth module continues to vex me.

Windows 7 installed on the SSD. I then put the included Asus disc into the BD drive and installed all drivers via InstALL. Did the same with the Utilties. Installed all software for the DirectCU II Top GTX680 and hoped all was well but...

All my devices are looking good except the WiFi portion. My bluetooth is showing up just fine both in control panel and in the wireless network devices. I am showing an unknown device however. I suspect it is the WiFi since it is not working.

So I try running AI Suite. No luck. I hooked up a spare USB WiFi adapter I had lying around and downloaded the WiFi drivers from the support site and then disconnected the USB. I ran ASUSSetup.exe and it launches the AI Suite but doesn't give me the option to install the drivers. No worries: I just opened up the files, navigated to Win7/Vista folder and ran the setup from there. A menu pops up asking me if it's cool to install these driver from publisher Broadcom. Please do...my patience is wearing thin.

The drivers appear to be installing and then goes away...wtf?

I run the same .exe again and this time after running the install it asks to reboot my PC. I do so and after returning to my desktop still no device. Shows unknown in the control panel. Fuuuuuuuuuuuu... OK how about a BIOS (UEFI?) update to 701. No luck there either.

At this point I surrender and start jumping into Windows 7 bits. I run all current Windows Updates including optionals. I reconnected my USB adapter and tried to find drivers online. No joy: it asked me to download from the vendor...

I then offer to provide the drivers from the disc. It says no drivers found on the disc. I tried each folder individually. Still no applicable drivers. So I then tell it to custom browse from a folder of my designation where it then finds the bc setup file and gives me a selection of various Broadcom products and drivers. I thought I had it at this point but after trying EVERY one of the offered drivers on 7 all I would get is a warning that the driver might not work, cause the PC to be unstable, kill everyone I love etc etc. After installing each one I would get a code 10 error saying the device would not start. I'd uninstall and repeat for each driver. I still have no WiFi...

This is hugely frustrating to be defeated by this. I have yet to find what model card this is and, even if I knew, I can find NO WHERE on Broadcom's support area to download directly from them. The Asus download didn't work so that leaves me pretty well stiffed right now. The module is clearly good because my bluetooth works like a champ. Board is good too because after running all the benchmarks and stressing the whole system for two days it hasn't even given me a hiccup.

Someone...help...




Well I am in the same boat as you, only on the hardware side. I installed everything and turned on the computer to see if all is working. After checking everything, I suddenly realized I forgot to install those 2 wires for the wifi onto the mini pcie combo stuff, so now I need to take everything out just for that. Sigh fml this integrated wifi *** is really badly designed.

As for your problem, if downloading the drivers from asus did not work, well maybe something is badly installed? Maybe you bent a pin or something. Whatever it is, I hope I don't run into the same problems as you because the wifi is the only reason I bought the maximus v formula instead of the sabertooth.
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October 1, 2012 6:30:35 PM

Did y'all ever get this figured out? The bluetooth/wifi is one of (several) reasons I'm leaning heavily toward the mvf over the sabertooth myself.

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October 12, 2012 9:23:17 PM

FWIW, the onboard LAN is stupid glitchy as well.
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December 30, 2012 8:42:39 AM

Ya same prob here! Everything worked fine till I moved my new beast to the front room to game on my tv. suddenly my wi fi not responding or a direct link to my router. Ended up having to run it direct to my modem as a temp fix. Also had the phantom device after moving to front room. Un-installed that after the move back to comp room.

Put puter back in comp room and had to re config some things just to get it working. Went to Start orb and in search entered -View Network Connections- and had 5 adapters up. 3 were X'd out 2 were fine. The 3 X'd out were Broadcom Virtual Wireless Adapter, Bluetooth Personal Area Network and MS Virtual WiFi miniport Adaptor. I disabled those 3 and rebooted. Seems like everything is good now. The 2 that were left were my Broadcom 802.11n Net Adapter and Intel(R) 82579V Gigabit Net Connection. After reboot and direct connect to router (not modem) I was fine. I Re- enabled the 3 X'd out ones after reboot, but this is just a temp fix for a prob I still have no clue about. Any help would be appreciated!
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