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I am building my dev machine with WS2008R2SP1. I consider Windows Server as the best development environment for C# since I tend to focus on server-centric (integration) applications. The desktop flavor of Windows (7) doesn't play nicely with things like Commerce Server or BizTalk... so I to like stick to the environment I develop for. Previously I used to develop inside of VM's but I've found that it is super inefficient and tends to take a toll on the laptops. (I've gone through two of them in 6 months).

Problem is that I multiple devices that do not want to be recognized by Windows:

My machine is Dell Precision M4500:
Intel Core i7-Q740, 
Dell re-branded Broadcom DW1501 802x11n Half-Mini Card, 
Dell re-branded Broadcom DW375 Bluetooh Module, 
Intel 82577LM Gigabit Network connection
NVidia Quadro FX1800 Graphics

The devices in question are the Dell rebranded broadcom network and bluetooth adapters:

Broadcom USH: USB\VID_0A5C&PID_5800&REV_0101&MI_00 USB\VID_0A5C&PID_5800&MI_00

DW375 Bluetooth Module USB\VID_413C&PID_8187&REV_0517 USB\VID_413C&PID_8187

When I ran the broadcom installers I get "Operating System not supported" which I think is a big oversight on Broadcom's part. Why check for system version string? UGHGHGH

Moreover if I try to manually force the driver in windows... I get an error:

Driver Management concluded the process to install driver FileRepository\btwampsecfl.inf_amd64_neutral_d8fc2b85d035ed47\btwampsecfl.inf for Device Instance ID USB\VID_0A5C&PID_5800&MI_00\7&66DE6C9&0&0000 with the following status: 0xe0000217.

'- or -

Driver Management concluded the process to install driver FileRepository\btwampfl.inf_amd64_neutral_d4c4acf036c61299\btwampfl.inf for Device Instance ID USB\VID_413C&PID_8187\90004EEEF5A6 with the following status: 0xe0000217.

I googled the 0xe0000217 error code and it says Bad service install section in the driver inf file...

Any ideas on how to fix this?

I also tried the post by BetaIQ on MSDN Forum, unfortunately the links to the driver package included in the post were dead :(

PS. On a side note I also do mobile development for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, and BB. Having the bluetooth is quite useful with mobile devices.

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Have you tried Dell's drivers? – Harry Johnston Apr 14 '12 at 23:44
Did you try the windows 7 x64 drivers? many times those seem to work for us. since there are both 32 and 64 bit versions of windows 7, this might be an oversight. – MikeAWood Apr 16 '12 at 5:59
The windows 7x64 drivers throw an Exception stating that the drivers are not "Licensed" for this version of Windows. :( – bleepzter Apr 17 '12 at 4:20
Bluetooth is not really supported on Windows Server operating systems. If you absolutely need it, stick with a desktop OS. – Michael Hampton Jun 1 '13 at 20:15

For some installers, simply running it in compatibility mode for the desired operating system is enough to trick it into working.

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I tried this. Doesn't work. – bleepzter Apr 14 '12 at 7:41

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