Are laptop wireless cards interchangeable?

Discussion in 'Computer Help' started by jbubrisk, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. jbubrisk

    jbubrisk Senior member

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    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,

    jbubrisk
     
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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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    Its not that, its an Atheros AR5007EG. I wouldn't trust Acer's website for a minute.
     
  7. jbubrisk

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    But maybe I can replace my Atheros card with the Intel one?
     
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    RadiclDreamer Diamond Member

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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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    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.
     
  10. Aarondeep

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    I agree.
    I have found windows update drivers to be the cause of major headaches. I would avoid using these.
     
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