3 week old Inspiron 1525, Vista Home Premium, All Microsoft updates installed.
In event viewer I have this entry dozens of times -
"The BCM42RLY service failed to start due to the following error:The system cannot find the file specified."
What file? Why can't it find it?
My wireless seems to work fine, but I've a suspicion it's impacting on attempts to CHKDSK.
It's not a Trojan I've scanned, I'd just like to disable it from starting.
Yes, I've previously done all the advised driver updates from the Dell website so it's not a driver issue.
I've a feeling that Dell have hijacked/supplanted Broadcom's wireless utility and orpahned this BCM42RLY thing (Whatever it is, wherever it is, and whatever it does!!)
As I say, I wouldn't really bother as the machine seems to be running o.k. But if I attempt to do a scheduled CHKDSK (with repair option) then, on reboot, CHKDSK goes through all the stages o.k., advises it will reboot the machine, which it does, bios loads o.k., windows corporation (with scrolling green animation) starts up, and there it sits, indefinitely!
It seems that something is stalling windows loading up, so I'd like to eliminate this BCM42RLY issue (if nothing else other than to strike it off as the likely culprit)
Same problem as described. Have searched in vain for driver kit that includes the proper file or for a way to turn off the service (short of the useful - power off NIC on battery). At this point a simiple explanation of what the service is and does and why this error is popping up inthe Stystem logs would be helpful. There are too many Internet stories of machines that are hijacked with this file (though this was a clean build and hijackthis and other malware scans give a green light).
I'll keep investigating and let you (both) know of any resolution (should I get one!)
I don't know if this helps, but this problem appeared on my system on April 11, 2008, curiously enough the same day that I installed Windows Vista Service Pack 1. I realize I'm adding 2 and 2 and getting 5, but I suspect that SP1 did away with the required BCM42RLY.sys file in the windows\system32 directory.
I did a search for "bcm42rly.sys" on Google and found a site that had (3) different versions. I downloaded and added version 184.108.40.206 to C:\Windows\System32\Drivers. The Event Log errors went away and there have not been any adverse effects so far.
System: Inspiron 1501 with Vista Business SP1
Side note: I thought that the "bcm42rly.sys" was somehow related to the "Broadcom Wireless Manager UI" listed in HKLM-Run. Removing this entry from HKLM-Run did not stop the "bcm42rly.sys" errors. Re-adding the "Broadcom Wireless Manager UI" entry to HKLM-Run and adding "bcm42rly.sys" to C:\Windows\System32\Drivers" did not cause the "Broadcom Wireless Manager UI" to appear in the taskbar. It appears that both "Broadcom Wireless Manager UI" and "bcm42rly.sys" are dead-enders.
Use at your own risk:
downloaded the bcm42rly.sys file and put it in the system32 directory. The service failure stopped appearing. Now I get an audit faliure in the security section about it. this is what it says.........
Code integrity determined that the image hash of a file is not valid. The file could be corrupt due to unauthorized modification or the invalid hash could indicate a potential disk device error.File Name: \Device\HarddiskVolume3\Windows\System32\drivers\bcm42rly.sys
Found that is another version of this file ver 220.127.116.11 Thats a newer one than the one I have (18.104.22.168) but need to find it first. Anyone have any ideas on this error.
Alpo5, I would recommend reinstalling the Broadcom NIC drivers (wired and/or wireless, depending on the network adapter(s) in your computer). By doing that you ensure the system is checking for the version of the file you have installed. It also makes sure nothing else is missing or corrupted.
Personally, I would recommend downloading the updates, uninstalling the currently installed Broadcom software, then installing the updates and rebooting. Depending on what exactly is happening, however, you might be able to just install the updated drivers for the same end result.
You can request replacement reinstallation media for US purchased systems here.Dell Drivers & Downloads for all systems.
Thanks for the affirmation -- this is the approach I took. Since the "software" is actually device drivers and there was no entry for it under Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel, I chose to:
Upon rebooting, both my Broadcom network card and my Dell wireless cards were automatically detected and installed, with no interaction from me. (I didn't even have a chance to specify where to find the drivers even if I had wanted to.) I then reinstalled the Broadcom Management Programs from the Dell Support download of the same. I checked the C:\Windows\system32\drivers directory, and the BCM42RLY.sys was still not there, so I was not optimistic as I rebooted. Sure enough, still receiving the error that the service could not start because the file was not found.
At this point I'm going to take a different tack than has been taken by others, and rather than "find" a BCM42RLY.sys file somewhere out on the net to put in C:\Windows\System32\Drivers, I'm going to delete the registry entry that is trying to start the service, for as in the words of Antoine Saint-Exupéry, "Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but rather when there is nothing more to take away," and I am not a large fan of loading drivers into my system that I just "found" on the net. (Danger Will Robinson.) The absence of the service appears innocuous, and I have observed no deleterious effects from it not being there.
I think it's worth emphasizing once again that this error began directly after the installation of Vista Service Pack 1, and I am not a fan of coincidences. I have searched Microsoft, Dell, and Broadcom for BCM42RLY, and have found no conclusions. (This thread, incidentally, is the most relevant result of an internet search on BCM42RLY.) It's also probably telling that a search of the Broadcom support site and the Broadcom site as a whole returned ZERO hits on BCM42RLY.