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Acer Aspire 5051: Wireless card not detected

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by amosharper, Sep 13, 2008.

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  1. amosharper

    amosharper Thread Starter

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    Hi all,

    I have an Acer Aspire laptop that I bought with a 'broken' Vista installation. I formatted the drive and installed Ubuntu Linux. After a little bit of messing around, I got all the hardware playing nice.

    However, at one point for a reason I can;t explain, the wireless capability of the laptop seemed to disappear. Ubuntu couldn't detect the card at all. Finding messing around with ndiswrapper et al a little tedious, I bought a copy of Windows XP Home and, formatting the disk once again, installed it.

    I'm now facing the same problem I had in XP, but at least with more familiarity with the OS. The wireless card is not listed in the Device Manager at all (screenshot attached).

    I appreciate that this machine was probably built with Vista-exclusive hardware, but is there a way I can force my laptop to recognise and utilise my wireless card under XP?

    Thanks in advance for your help,

    amosharper
     

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  2. RealMode

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    Weird, ethernet card is listed twice. Could be the unknown device ethernet. Get driver from the manufacturer site and install all of them... including the wireless driver !
     
  3. amosharper

    amosharper Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your reply, RealMode, I'll try all the suggested drivers from the manufacturer's website.

    Hopefully it is misidentifying the device rather than not seeing it at all.
     
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    ... hope that will solve your problem
     
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