How to Install Atheros Wireless Drivers on a Toshiba XP Laptop

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Many new Toshiba laptop users have found that their Atheros wireless card doesn't work correctly with XP. For users that have install XP on their Toshiba laptop, you can download and install the correct driver for your Atheros wireless card. Toshiba has yet to offer the driver on their website, which adds to users' confusion. The driver downloads and installs in minutes. Instead of upgrading or changing your operating system due to a missing driver, install the XP Atheros wireless drivers on your Toshiba XP laptop.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Atheros wireless driver for XP

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    Manual Installation

  1. 1

    Download the Atheros wireless driver for XP. Visit the website in the Resources section. Click the link "" and choose whether to "Download the file by viewing a series of ads" or "Download this file by signing up for your free account." If you don't download drivers often, choose to view a series of ads. If you download drivers often, create a free account. Both are safe and will not require you to install anything or give out personally identifying information. Choose "Save As" after choosing one of the above options and save the file to your Toshiba laptop's desktop.

  2. 2

    Right-click the downloaded file and choose "Extract All." You will not need decompression software. XP has one built in to the operating system. Choose where you want to extracted files to be stored. The default location works best for most users.

  3. 3

    Double-click the folder with the extracted files and double click the "802ABG_Atheros_v5_1_1_9.exe" file to start the driver installation. Click "Next" and choose where to install the drivers. Use the default location for best results. Click "Next" and wait for the driver to install. Restart your Toshiba laptop once the installation is complete.

    Windows Update: Automatic Method

  1. 1

    Go to "Start -- All Programs -- Windows Update". This will open the Windows Update page. Windows will scan your Toshiba laptop to see which updates need to be installed. Possible updates include security patches, service packs, software updates or upgrades, and hardware updates such as drivers.

  2. 2

    Click "Custom" when the scan is complete. Choose "Hardware" from the left side of the screen.

  3. 3

    Check all available hardware updates and click "Download and Install." The Atheros wireless driver for XP for Toshiba laptops is included in the hardware updates. This will also install any security updates as well.

Tips and warnings

  • Visit Windows Update at least once per month to download the latest security, software, and hardware updates. You can uncheck any updates you don't wish to download.
  • Only install updates and drivers from sources you trust. Some drivers are actually viruses that can cripple your computer or steal personally identifying information.

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