Upgrade Aspire 5920G (Santa Rosa) Wireless to N

Not too sure why there are not much talk about the WiFi Link 5100 or 5300 compatibility for Santa Rosa with PM965 chipset, so now, I put it to a test for everyone! Guess what? it works!

This is the card, Intel WiFi Link 5100 (looks cheap……)

Remove the 9 screws to remove the back plate

the corner by the RAM close to the battery compartment, you will find the old Intel 3945 or 4965 sitting (image shows that the antennas are pulled off, forgot to take a picture of it, but you can just pull them off vertically, but gently)

After the 2 top screws are removed, you will see that the card will lift up by itself, don’t worry, it is not going into an erection. You can now safely pull it out from the angle it lift up to.

What it should look like when it is pulled off

Comparison between the old 3945 and the new 5100(5100 looks kind of cheap eh?)

slide in the new card like the angle you pulled the old one off

while pushing it down flat, screw it in place

After you have screwed it in, attach the 2 antennas like it was attached to the old card before, you can just push it on,they are clip on antennas.

Woohoo!! 300Mbps, if you don’t have the full speed, it is ok, sometimes it will lower it when it is not needed, just make sure the “Channel Width” is set to auto in your router (image from my DIR-615 D-Link router)

Also make sure you go into Device Manager (run devmgmt.msc) and under “Network Adapters”, find the card name, double click and go to the “Advanced” tab and change “802.11n Channel Width for band 2.4” and “802.11n Channel Width for band 5.2” both to “Auto”.

Morris Lee

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3 Responses to “Upgrade Aspire 5920G (Santa Rosa) Wireless to N”

  1. The Acer Guy » Blog Archive » Adding 3rd WiFi Antenna to Aspire 5920G lvl(4/10) Says:

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  2. Adding 3rd WiFi Antenna to Aspire 5920G lvl(4/10) « Morrisoft Says:

    […] I have showed you here how to simply upgrade your wireless card in the 5920G *IF* it is using 2 antennas like the original […]

  3. Cyrus Says:

    I have Aspire 5920 and it dos not work, why!!!. I even downloaded the driver from Intel site but still the computer says “can’t start the adapter. I also updated the Bios. Any help is apprecaited.


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