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Acer 5050 laptop, Reloaded XP, WiFi won't accept drivers

I recently formatted my laptop and downloaded all the drivers from Acer's website. All of them worked except the wireless card will not accept the drivers from the website. It listed 2 different types of cards and I tried them both even though I'm pretty sure I have the Broadcom card. When I click the ''setup'' icon it loads the software & then Windows XP recognizes the wireless card as ''Network Controller''. The software finishes loading & and wants to reboot & Windows wants me to install something for the Network Controller. This is where I get stuck as Windows says the drivers I have aren't for this device. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Jeremy

P.S. Also it seems the Bluetooth isn't working either even though I didn't have any issues installing the drivers. That may be a hardware issue. I don't use the Bluetooth anyway but thought the info may be helpful.

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  • mjwheels75 Jun 01, 2009

    Thanks to both of you. I tried zohail's solution first and it worked. Thanks again.

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At the bottom part ur laptop model will be written check it is Written Atheros see sticker or Broadcom like BCMXXXX and then

uninstall the drivers completely from device manager and try to completely remove all instances in device manager for ur wireless card

and then restart ur machine when windows detect and ask u about the driver for the card give the location of the drivers folder as u donwloaded and un zipped them in a location on ur computer and then finish install if u are unable to do this simply go in device manager and if windows has already auto installed ur deivice with faulty driver right click the device and click update driver from list and then provide the location where ur drivers are

for ATHEROS try this driver


For Broadcom Try this one



All drivers for ur notebook here
i can provide the direct link for both brands if these doesnt help

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Try this link for wifi http://www.acerpanam.com/synapse/data/7117/documents/AS5050_WLAN_Broadcom.zip

And this one for BlueTooth http://www.acerpanam.com/synapse/data/7117/documents/AS5050_BTW.zip

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