Currently I'm having a laptop of a friend, which is an eMachines D620. The laptop came with Windows Vista (Basic) but has very poor performing hardware. I installed Windows XP Home and disabled some visual effects. The laptop runs very smooth and fast right now.
The problem I am having is that the wireless NIC doesn't work, sometimes it says on the right bottom of the screen 'Networks have been found' (in Dutch, don't know the exact English translation they way the English Windows would tell you). When you click on it it says 'No networks have been found. Make sure the wireless network switch is enabled'.
Switching that switch .. makes a light on the laptop go on with an antenna. But it does not solve the problem. The device manager says the device is turned on.
I've tried many drivers from eMachines and from the Atheros website. When I remove the wireless card from the laptop it says 'ar5bxb63' on the back. I've downloaded these drivers too, installed them, rebooted the laptop, switched the switch a whole lot of times, but still the same message.
Windows XP Home Edition
All the drivers are installed, the program under 'Applications' is installed (which displays the status of the switch on the screen saying disabled or enabled wireless ...)
Can please anybody help me? If not, I'm thinking about buying another wireless NIC and built that one into the laptop.
Thank you for reading.