Getting your wireless card to work in XP on your Acer Extensa 5420-5038

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Technology

So a friend brought his laptop over for what is becoming a regular event down here for me.  That is to wipe Vista off the machine and load it up with XP.  I think this is my 3rd laptop in 2 months.

So his was an Acer Extensa 5420-5038 and finding the drivers for it seemed pretty straight forward and easy enough..  You can simply go to and search around until the site leads you to them or you can pull them up on the Euro FTP here:

Or for the proper webcam drivers go here and go through notebooks>extensa>5420:

And there seems to be an abundance of wireless drivers for you to choose from however you’ll soon discover that none of them work.. None of them at all, none of the XP drivers, none of the Vista drivers, hell I even found XP Pro and XP home driver variants..  Nothing on the Acer website, nothing anywhere that would even detect the card at all.. Well almost anywhere.

In the end I finally tracked down a mediafire link that much to my surprise provided a driver set that actually worked..  So to hopefully save you the hassle of going through all these hoops and trying 100 drivers out just head here: and get that wifi working.

Oh and surprise surprise the ATI/VGA video drivers provided everywhere for this computer also don’t work, so you will need to go to search through the integrated graphic card drivers and then find the x1250.

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6 Comments to “Getting your wireless card to work in XP on your Acer Extensa 5420-5038”

  1. John says:

    Thank you so much for finding this damn driver for the wireless card! I wish I hadn’t spent an afternoon trying out the different drivers before finding your post 😛

  2. joe says:

    same here dude. only difference is i spent 2 days screwing with this thing.


  3. Hello I am just passing by to thank you so much it was really important for me to find this drivers I needed it them I have been looking for them with no luck but now I found them thank you so much it was really helpful….

  4. Brett says:

    That WORKED, thanks a LOT!

  5. Ethan l says:

    THANKS SO MUCH!! i have been trying for days for this to work

  6. Avys says:

    All day trying to make the wireless work, just with your post I could do it.

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