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Wireless wont work

Hello Sir
I have an Acer notebook Aspire 5720Z
The unit came with Vista but we instead loaded a legal copy of XP Pro
We can't get the wireless ethernet card to work. We have tries a dozen drivers from the internet and nothing. Thw actual card is an Atheros ar5bxb63
Acer wont help either. Any suggestions would be great.
Thanks for your time

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  • Anonymous Jul 31, 2008

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  • Anonymous Oct 20, 2008

    ciao ho lo stesso problema

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    Just bought my son a new Acer Aspire which has Atheros wireless adaptor. I cannot get it to connect to router. Fine using cable. It can see network and I enter network key code but it wont connect - says no response from router. I have 4 other laptops that hooked up no problem but this new one refuses to connect. The router tech team spent ages and cannot work out why - blame the laptop and the laptop tech team spent ages and cannot work out - blame the router. I can get it to connect wireless to BT Openzone so I'm really puzzled. Any thoughts?



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This answer is probly a bit late but the driver for that particular Atheros chip is called atheros_v5_1_1_9.exe and should be easy to find if you type that into google.

Unfortunatly the problem I came accross when downgrading from vista is there was no XP Pro applications and I couldnt install the driver until after I had one of the Acer applications on it, not sure but I think it was ePower.

Your laptop is fairly easy to find the apps for, go to:
Click Notebook > Aspire > 5720Z
The Vista drivers will appear below.
Simply click the arrow on the drop down box and select
"Microsoft Windows XP Professional x32"
Then click the tab just beneath that says "Application"
Download and install whichever one you need (again, Im not entirely sure which one it uses but from memory Im guessing ePower).
Reinstall the driver, and the wireless card along with that flashy little light should work great. (Well great for an Acer anyway....)

If anybody reading this post has a similar problem but with a different machine which doesnt have the apps for XP, just try a similar model. I have a the TravelMate 2484WXMI, which is series 2480, but there isn't many applications listed for it. I tried the 2470, which only runs XP and had no issues with the software.

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Posted on Jun 11, 2008


The truth be known, the are many new machines today the are NOT downward compatable with an older os...your Aspire might one of them where there are no drivers available in XP, .............

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Hey there,

Here is a link for the driver for the Atheros wireless on 5720z Aspire

Glad to help

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I have had the same problem and still haven't found a solution. Have you had any luck?


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