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Toshiba satellite A215-S5815 WLAN issues with Win.XP SP2

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I have a brand new Toshiba satellite A215-S5815 that had Win.Vista installed, i have formatted and installed Win.XP SP2 but the WLAN does not work, also i did try different driver and still doesn't work.
If anyone had this issue or knows what needs to be done please help!!


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  • avramclaudiu Dec 16, 2008


    I dont know were to look to see what kind of wireles card i have, in the configuration manual it says "802.11b/g wireless-lan", anyway, i did not recieve any error related to the wireless connection and also when wireless connection switch/buton is pushed, nothing hapends only the wireless light is on, the drivers that i've tryed are - Realtek-Wireless-Network-Driver and SPA210 Atheros-Client-

    Also, the Win. XP SP2 was updated to SP3.

  • avramclaudiu Dec 17, 2008

    Boogerhead01, i have accessed the first link advised by you and it work's, i've installed the respective driver that found the wireless device and now i'm connecting using wireless connection.

    Thanks allot friend.

  • Boogerhead01 May 11, 2010

    You're talking about a wireless card? Which card? Which drivers have you tried? Do you get error messages? Have you tried connecting to other routers, e.g., the one at your public library that doesn't have encryption?

    Once you do get online, you should consider installing XP SP3 -- it's generally a bit faster and more stable.



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They don't list an XP driver for your model. Based on diljale's comments, though, I was able to discover that Atheros uses a single driver for all of its models, and he says you've got an Atheros card.

The direct download link, which may even work, is here:

If that does not work, go here:

Pick operating system XP
Pick All Categories, and scroll down to Wi-Fi (It may be so far down the list it won't show on your screen).
Find the first/latest Atheros Wi-Fi driver and you should be in business.

You may also wish to consider visiting and downloading the free software there, which attempts to tell you which drivers are out of date and tries to offer download links to the newest versions. RadarSync has many many flaws, but it can sometimes be helpful.

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  • Boogerhead01 Dec 20, 2008

    Glad to hear you're back together!

    You might still take a look at RadarSync -- it's insanely buggy, but it's free and might be able to steer you toward some updates. Generally, you're going to want to update your video drivers, sound drivers, network drivers. Also download DirectX from Microsoft -- just google "Download directx" and it'll pop up -- it's a tiny file to download, that itself runs some more updates. Happy hunting!



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Just use "Atheros 802.11a/b/g,b/g Mini-PCI/PCIe Driver v5.3.0.67 or later for Windows XP"and get the problem solved.You can either download the driver from Atheros site or search for that on google.I am using Windows XP Pro with SP3 on the same mechine and the wireless is working fine.In case of any problem you can contact me on

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