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06-20-2011 09:20 AM
I have a dv6810us laptop with an Atheros AR5007 802.11 b/g wifi adpater. The driver is 220.127.116.118 and the driver files are athr.sys and vwifibus.sys. I upgraded from vista to Windows 7 32 bit and everything is fine. The wifi connection works OK but the problem is that even when it is working it shows the signal strength bars dimmed out with an orange asterisk over them in the notification area. This is even when the wifi connection is working and in use.
I have tried:
- disabling and re-enabling the wifi adapter through the device manager
- removing the wifi adapter in the device manager and letting windows add it again on reboot
- loading new drivers (with the file sp50498.exe I got off the HP site).
All of this has had no effect, so would appreciate suggestions as to what else to do. Even when I use an RJ45 connection the icon stays as the dimmed out signal strength bars with the orange icon, not the expected little VDU icon in the notification area. I have set the notification area to show all available icons.
Tks in advance,
06-20-2011 12:37 PM
Uninstall your current driver and try this one (version 18.104.22.1682).
06-20-2011 05:09 PM
Tks. However, when I went to this page ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp53001-53500/sp53261
06-20-2011 06:24 PM
The driver will be fine, because your network adapter is one of the adapters listed as supported by the driver.
Atheros AR5006 802.11a/b/g WiFi Adapter
Atheros AR5007 802.11b/g WiFi Adapter
Atheros AR5009 802.11a/g/n WiFi Adapter
Atheros AR9285 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter
Atheros AR9380 802.11a/g/n WiFi Adapter
Atheros AR9382 802.11a/g/n WiFi Adapter
Atheros AR9485 802.11 b/g/n WiFi Adapter
06-20-2011 06:34 PM
It appears most of the models listed except the dv4's, are business notebooks. I imagine yours (and many others) aren't listed because they are older models.
The specific component hardware drivers are not model-specific normally. In other words if you have the same model wireless card in your notebook, the driver goes to run that device in any notebook that has it.
I'd venture to guess that I could install that driver in a Dell notebook with that wireless card and it would work just fine.
I have installed Dell drivers in HP notebooks/desktops for common hardware, and visa versa.
I had recently installed a Windows Vista Business graphics driver from an HP nc6220 in a Dell XPS 140 which had the same GMA 900 integrated video and it worked just fine.
06-21-2011 03:48 AM
I uninstalled the wifi card in the Device Manager and then ran the sp53261.exe file and rebooted but the situation is exactly the same. I am connected fine through the wifi (as I write) but the signal strength icon in the notification area still has an orange asterisk through it.
When I look at the AR5007 in the device Manager the Driver tab shows 22.214.171.1242 and the Driver details button shows the same two files as before I ran sp53261.exe (athr.sys and vwifibus.sys). Is that correct?
06-22-2011 04:43 AM
Would appreciate any other suggestions.
Is there anything else I can de-install/re-install? Could it be a Windows update? (One of the many updates that downloaded after I upgraded to Windows 7 was one for the Atheros card).
06-22-2011 05:50 AM
Did you look in the advanced tab in the device manager for the adapter and make sure the channel being reported is the same as the one being transmitted by the router? Sometimes it doesn't automatically switch and you will need to match it with the router's.
One other person I was reading changed one of the settings ain the Advanced drop down list from Auto to 54G, and that fixed his problems.
06-22-2011 06:09 AM
The wifi connection is actually working fine. The problem is just that the icon in the notification area has the orange asterisk as though the connection were not working, so presumably it can't be on the wrong channel or it would not work at all...