Ok well I have a solution for this problem. It took a lot of tinkering but I got it up and running. Let me add a line here real quick so that search engines pick this post up for any lost souls looking for this fix.
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Ok hope that works like I intended.
Anyway here's the solution:
Basically some Windows Vista Installations on certain laptops and assembly line desktops(gateway, dell, ibm), is not fully complete. It has all of the driver files in the proper place, but for whatever reason, the system manufacturer decided to leave some of these driver files blank. I'm not sure why they do this, but they do it. In order for the Standard Modem to be detected and appear, you need the following file:
Now, if you're savvy, you'll find that yes, you indeed already have this file installed on your machine. But for whatever reason, you will see that it is not the true, original, complete file that Microsoft Windows puts on a standard install. For whatever reason, your system builder has trimmed it to only have support for the modem that was pre-installed on your laptop(or desktop, I'm sure).
So what you need to do now is:
Find a desktop pc with a normal full install of Windows XP or Vista(yes the xp file will work even in vista, I did it).
You then must make a copy of mdmgen.inf from the full normal installed xp or vista machine, then bring it over to your laptop and replace the file that's on there.
Now, here are step by step instructions for those who need further guidance:
How to: Copy the mdmgen.inf file from another computer. Make sure the BlackBerry device is disconnected from the computer during this process.
Find a computer running the same version of Windows XP, including the same service packs.
On that computer, click Start>Run and type %systemroot%\inf. Click OK. Windows Explorer opens the INF folder.
Locate the mdmgen.inf file, then transfer it to the target computer (e.g., as an email attachment).
On the target computer, go to Start>Run and type %systemroot%\inf. Click OK. Windows Explorer opens the INF folder.
Save the mdmgen.inf file in the INF folder.
Perform a clean uninstall of the BlackBerry desktop software. For instructions, see KB02206.
Restart the computer.
Re-install the desktop software.
Open Windows Device Manager and verify that the Standard Modem device is created.
In the Control Panel, double-clickSystem.
On the Hardware tab, click Device Manager.
Expand Modems. The Standard Modem device should appear!
Yep, it's that ez. What I basically did was toss out the mdmgen.inf file from vista(gateway's vista) and replace it with a winxp version that was... more robust.
Well I hope this helps if someone needs it. I hope the mods don't delete this, I wanted to post the solution, for karma's sake.
Thank you and good luck,