Wireless drivers for “Askey AR5BMB5” or “Atheros AR5005G” (AR2413A based)

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:

Download mirror:

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

Add multi-touch capabilities to old Synaptics Touchpads

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.

Ricoh 5 in 1 driver Windows 7


Drivers setup for Ricoh 5 in 1 card reader, works with Windows Vista and 7 (both 32 and 64bit). Tested on Dell Inspiron 640m and HP Pavilion dv9585el with Windows 7 64bit.

File: sp37809.exe
Size: 2.99MB
Version: 3.52.02A 2007-11-10
OS: Windows Vista/7 32/64bit

Works with:


Dopo aver installato Windows 7 64bit sul mio portatile Dell Inspiron 640m, ho avuto qualche difficoltà a reperire il driver del lettore di memorie Ricoh. Un primo driver mi aveva installato parzialmente la periferica, lasciando una “Periferica di base” non installata nella finestra di gestione periferiche.

Oggi navigando nel sever FTP di HP alla ricerca dei driver per un Pavilion dv9585el ho trovato questo file: sp37809.exe (2,99MB). L’autoestraente in questione contiene il driver 3.52.02A rilasciato il 2007-11-10 che ha installato perfettamente il lettore di memorie Ricoh 5 in 1 sia sul portatile HP sia sul mio Dell.