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Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter on XP Home


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#1 sonic_944

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 09:16 AM

So I was kinda fed up of windows 10 so I grabbed my XP disk and reinstall it af term a 3 year absence. How can I get my integrated Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter to work? It came with no disk. I downloaded the drivers but it promoted me with its usual encountered a problem speil.


Yes, I searched price you posting but not luck.

I plan on reinstalling 10 on an external HDD.

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 09:30 AM

If the Wifi chipset is fairly new then XP drivers may not be available. I need to confirm the hardware and vendor ID first. Right click the Wifi adapter in Device Manager. It should have a yellow exclamation point next to it. Select Properties and under the Details tab select Hardware IDs in the dropdown box. Copy and post the first line.

 

If this is a laptop and I cannot find a XP driver I would recommend you purchase something such as this.


Edited by JohnC_21, 13 December 2016 - 09:31 AM.


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 09:43 AM

It's not a laptop but thank you for the suggestion. Here is the info (typing verbatim from tablet as desktop is my only pc)

PCI\\VEN_168&DEV_0036&SUBSYS_020C1028&REV_01

OS (if it helps): Windows XP Home x36 SP 3 (soon 4).

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 09:58 AM

Unfortunately I could not find a XP drivers for this particular Atheros chipset. I would not recommend using this computer for internet purchases or banking as XP no longer has security updates. Did this computer come pre-installed with Windows 10 or an earlier OS?


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 10:03 AM

Yeah. Prior to installing 10 it had 8.1 Never liked that either, that's why I installed 10. But hey, at least it (unfortunately) better than my current predictament.

And I don't do online banking since I am 20 nor do I make online purchases anymore without a gift card.

Apologies for the typos. It's hard to type on a tablet.

Edited by sonic_944, 13 December 2016 - 10:08 AM.


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 10:12 AM

You can reinstall Windows 8.1 if the computer is an OEM like HP or Dell as the key is embedded in firmware and will autoactivate once online. You can create an install disk with the Media Creation Tool. I would enable SecureBoot and UEFI in your UEFI settings then do a clean install. 

 

When you boot the 8.1 install media press Shift + F10 at the Window where is asks for a language. This will open a command prompt.  Type the following commands.

 

diskpart

list disk

select disk X      Where X is the disk you will be installing Windows to. If you have one disk X will be 0.

clean                  This will delete all partitions and set up the disk for a clean install

convert GPT      Initializes the disk for a GPT partition required for SecureBoot and UEFI

exit

exit

 

continue with the install

 

If you do not like the 8.1 interface use Classic Shell to make it more like Windows 7



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Posted 13 December 2016 - 10:16 AM

I cannot find the disk for the life of me as I don't think my pc came with one. I'll try to find it again. Thank you.

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 10:22 AM

You don't need your old disk. You can create a new disk or USB flash drive with the Media Creation Tool.


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 10:25 AM

I am so stupid. Thank you. Well now I know that my slipstream sort of works, ha ha. Take care now.

Append: one last resolution question before I go: will having a x86 OS corrupt a x64 one?

Edited by sonic_944, 13 December 2016 - 10:30 AM.


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 10:29 AM

No problem, Post any questions you may have and I will try to answer them.



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Posted 14 December 2016 - 12:03 PM

Back. I downloaded the media creation tool, but it says it's incompatible with xp and vista.

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Posted 14 December 2016 - 12:13 PM

Sorry, I should have mentioned the tool can only be run on a Windows 7 or later computer.

 

Use the media creation tool (aprx. 1.41MB) to download Windows. This tool provides the best download experience for customers running Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. 

 


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Posted 14 December 2016 - 12:15 PM

Crud. So I crud outta luck?

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Posted 14 December 2016 - 12:32 PM

Yes, unless you can access a Windows 7 and later computer or have someone you know do it for you and upload the 3.5GB iso to the cloud so you can download it. You would need a service like Mega that allows 50GB of free storage. Another option is to install linux instead of XP and hopefully it will detect your Wifi chipset. 

 

For people coming from Windows Linux Mint is good. If you are interested you can download and burn the iso file. Boot the DVD and play around with it. There is no need to install. It will detect your wifi network and ask for a password.

 

https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_sarah_cinnamon_whatsnew.php






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