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Yesterday I had to fix an old Toshiba Equium laptop, that didn’t recognize its wireless NIC.

It was an Askey AR5BMB5 miniPCI card, based on AR2413A chipset.

You can download the correct driver here, under “Atheros” section:
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/wlan/?page=downloads

Download mirror:

OS Driver version Download link
Windows XP (32bit) 9.2.0.419.0 atheros-wlan-xp-9204190.zip
Windows Vista (32/64bit) 7.7.0.288.0 atheros-wlan-vista-7702880.zip
Windows 7 (32/64bit) 9.2.0.419.0 atheros-wlan-win7-9204190.zip

 

Once installed, it shows up in device manager as “Atheros AR5005G Wireless Network Adapter”.
I had problems connecting to WPA2 protected networks, probably due to unsupported AES encryption.
Setting your router wireless security to “WPA/WPA2” and “TKIP+AES” should solve the issue.

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If you own an old laptop with Synaptics touchpad, you can enable multi-touch features just by updating your device driver!
Just use one of the following setup files supplied by HP:

Windows XP: sp47816.exe
Windows Vista/7: sp47815.exe

It works also on notebooks of different manifacturers, like my Dell Inspiron 640m and HP Compaq nx6110.

Should work for every device with this identifier:
ACPI\SYN1E18=”Synaptics PS/2 Port Touchpad”

Install the package, reboot you laptop and set your preferences in the control panel.

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