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Old 06-05-2008, 10:38 AM   #1
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Default Are laptop wireless cards interchangeable?

Hi Boys/Girls,
So I have an acer 4720z laptop, and its pretty good for what I need, but the Atheros wireless has been causing the entire computer to lockup, leaving a frozen snapshot for whatever it was doing (just downloading things with bitcomet). It also disconnects frequently. So is it possible to crack it open and throw in a new wireless card? I suppose I could get an add-in card, but I'd rather replace it altogether. Tech support is USELESS. After spending $40 for two shippings, and all they did was reinstall the OS, I'm not going back to them again. Thanks in advance,

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Old 06-05-2008, 10:44 AM   #2
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I know it might be hard to speak about my model in particular, but would this be what I'm looking for?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16833168021
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:46 AM   #3
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Oh yeah, I'm running Vista... I have Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate, if it makes a difference. So I need Vista drivers. I think that is the main problem with the current Atheros card I have. They seem to update the drivers often, but with little improvement.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:31 PM   #4
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Maybe this would work too? Assuming my card is removable/replaceable:

http://www.techonweb.com/produ....aspx?id=D92741&src=NT
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:21 PM   #5
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From the product manual @ acer's website this laptop use Intel Wireless Wifi Link 4965AGN card.
Google turns up this: http://www.intel.com/network/c...ireless_n/overview.htm
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:06 PM   #6
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Its not that, its an Atheros AR5007EG. I wouldn't trust Acer's website for a minute.
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:13 PM   #7
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But maybe I can replace my Atheros card with the Intel one?
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:04 AM   #8
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as long as its the same form factor, min-pci or mini pci express then you can slap in whatever floats your boat
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:23 PM   #9
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Don't let "Windows Update" update the drivers for the Atheros. If you already did so, do a rollback to the previous drivers. I had big problems when Windows Update updated them.. Rolled back and everything was fine.
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:51 PM   #10
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Quote:
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Don't let "Windows Update" update the drivers for the Atheros. If you already did so, do a rollback to the previous drivers. I had big problems when Windows Update updated them.. Rolled back and everything was fine.
I agree.
I have found windows update drivers to be the cause of major headaches. I would avoid using these.
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