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    Default Re: help me."installer can't find Atheros AR81 Family Ethernet controller on your system"

    You always must install the INF files, which is the INF driver ver:9.1.1.1020 on your board's download page.

    It's best to run this installer first, since it identifies the board's hardware to any other programs, including driver installation programs. You can run it any time, but first is really the best.

    It looks like you have chosen the correct Atheros download file. This is what the file list in the unzipped folder looks like:

    help me."installer can't find Atheros AR81 Family Ethernet controller on your system"-setup-example-png

    See the README file in that list? Right below it is the setup program, whose type is Application. That is the one you use, run it (right click and choose Run as Administrator) to install the Atheros driver. Not sure what else you are looking for.

    You should install the Realtek Audio driver, and possibly the VGA driver if you plan on using the onboard graphics of the G41 chipset.

    Otherwise, this board has very few drivers, all the rest are utility programs that can be useful, but are not required. Should be simple to get this board going.

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    Default Re: "installer can't find Atheros AR81 Family Ethernet controller on your system"

    Thanks so much for the detailed screenshot and all, but it still seems to not be working. I'm going to put my side of these screenshots as well right now. First one being the correct atheros lan drive files with the setup and please tell me if anything looks wrong? I think I have everything that I need but it just won't work. Is there anything I need to do specifically in BIOS maybe? I'm guessing at this point unless you see something I don't.

    Thanks again for all the help. Here are my screenshots, I hope this helps other people as well.


    Sorry....I guess I just realized that I'm going to be triple posting, so i do apologize, but I wanted to put my 3 screenshots up to show everyone having the same problem also. (If there are any lol)
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    Default Re: help me."installer can't find Atheros AR81 Family Ethernet controller on your system"

    Here is what I thought would be the correct INF files? Which they seemed to install correctly. It even asked me to restart the computer once it was finished. Then I went on to attempt to run the setup for the Atheros drivers.
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    Default Re: help me."installer can't find Atheros AR81 Family Ethernet controller on your system"

    And last but not least, the actual error message ("Installer can't find Atheros Ar81Family ethernet controller on your system") that just keeps coming up. I thought to myself to double, triple, quadruple check that I do in fact have the Mobo that we've been talking about this whole time (which I do) so yeaaaaaah IDK anymore! It's killing me.... please help =(

    I also wrote a little message for the message that comes up afterwards and pasted it into the screenshot. Hope this helps to help me lol this is so sad =/
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    Default Re: help me."installer can't find Atheros AR81 Family Ethernet controller on your system"

    Wait, why are we going through this when the OP of this thread had the same problem as you, but tried another driver and it worked.

    That driver would be on this page: Drivers for Atheros AR8132 and Windows 7

    Just click the green "Click for Download" box, and when complete unzip and see what you get. Others in this thread have had success with this driver, including a moderator of this site (a different driver, but same source).

    Give this a try and let us know what happens.

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    Default Re: help me."installer can't find Atheros AR81 Family Ethernet controller on your system"

    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    Wait, why are we going through this when the OP of this thread had the same problem as you, but tried another driver and it worked.

    That driver would be on this page: Drivers for Atheros AR8132 and Windows 7

    Just click the green "Click for Download" box, and when complete unzip and see what you get. Others in this thread have had success with this driver, including a moderator of this site (a different driver, but same source).

    Give this a try and let us know what happens.

    Ok so I've downloaded the .zip and opened it, but where do I extract to? There is no setup file like the other .zip we downloaded before. I don't know where to put the files.

    I've looked through previous posts and see that people said it did work, but no one mentioned where to put rhe files... As you stated before, I didn't know whether I should extract into the /system32 folder or /system32/drivers folder? Or Neither? I just want to be sure. Thanks again

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    Default Re: help me."installer can't find Atheros AR81 Family Ethernet controller on your system"

    You're right, there isn't a setup installation program for this driver. So this one must be done manually, which is not hard.

    First, just extract the zip file anywhere really, but just know where it is. Extract it and keep the Windows Explorer window open to remind you where it is.

    Next, open Device Manager, and open the entry for the Atheros network device. You should see a Driver tab at the top of the Atheros properties. Click on the Driver tab, and then find and click the Update Driver button.

    You should get two options on the next screen, click on the Browse my computer for driver software.

    At the top of the display, choose the Search for driver software..., by clicking the Browse button. You want to get the folder with the extracted Atheros driver files in the folder display.

    After that, just follow the prompts to finish the installation. Let us know how it goes.

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    Default Re: help me."installer can't find Atheros AR81 Family Ethernet controller on your system"

    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    You're right, there isn't a setup installation program for this driver. So this one must be done manually, which is not hard.

    First, just extract the zip file anywhere really, but just know where it is. Extract it and keep the Windows Explorer window open to remind you where it is.

    Next, open Device Manager, and open the entry for the Atheros network device. You should see a Driver tab at the top of the Atheros properties. Click on the Driver tab, and then find and click the Update Driver button.

    You should get two options on the next screen, click on the Browse my computer for driver software.

    At the top of the display, choose the Search for driver software..., by clicking the Browse button. You want to get the folder with the extracted Atheros driver files in the folder display.

    After that, just follow the prompts to finish the installation. Let us know how it goes.

    Perfect! It worked... thank you so much Parsec. I appreciate it. Thanks for the help. Smooth sailing from here on out .... Finally =)

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    Default Re: help me."installer can't find Atheros AR81 Family Ethernet controller on your system"

    Halleluiah, it be working!

    Smooth sailing with a DIY PC... that is not why we do this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    Wait, why are we going through this when the OP of this thread had the same problem as you, but tried another driver and it worked.

    That driver would be on this page: Drivers for Atheros AR8132 and Windows 7

    Just click the green "Click for Download" box, and when complete unzip and see what you get. Others in this thread have had success with this driver, including a moderator of this site (a different driver, but same source).

    Give this a try and let us know what happens.
    man you are a genius... thanks a lot.

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