Atheros AR5007EG WLAN - With any driver: "The device instance name is Invalid"

Hey guys/gals, I've been having a huge problem with a friends Vista machine. I couldn't fin anything about this error online and as a last resort I started posting some questions online as I don't have more than a few days to fix this. I posted this originally on tomshardware:

I was trying to install various "Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Network Adapter" drivers, with versions ranging from 2007 to 2010, both form the manufacturer and specifically for this computer (a Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile) and others from here:
http://www.atheros.cz/atheros-wireless-download.php?chi...
All of them are for Windows Vista 32bit.


The computer had previous drivers installed and working, but also had a network problem. In the process of figuring out what was causing it, I tried to install newer drivers to see if that was the problem. It turns out the network problem was due to a different thing that is now fixed (some dependencies of the WLAN Configuration service were turned off), but I'm still stuck installing the new drivers.

The problem:

However, every time I install new drivers, after install, Windows says that "The device instance name is invalid", regardless of what drivers I install. I even tried to install drivers for different hardware in that slot just to see what it told me and IT STILL gave me the same error. I also tried to uninstall the current driver, checking the box to delete the driver's software, running CCleaner and then deleting "athr.sys" from the Windows/Drivers folder and "oem8.inf" from Windows/Inf as those files were referenced in the driver's properties. The install still gives me the same error.

The fact that it gives me this error with any driver leads me to believe it's Windows' fault and not the driver's.

Note: I am translating from the original in Portuguese. "The device instance name is invalid" is the closest/correct translation and seems about right with the info I find online regarding the english version of Vista and how it refers to devices. This and this also seems to confirm that, though it doesn't help me. It may be that the text is actually different in english Vista but I also searched for driver instead of device or stuff like "The device instance name appears to be invalid" and can't find anything either.

I also did SFC /SCANNOW a while ago. I did it again after this driver problem and this time, SFC found errors BUT it couldn't repair all of them. Here is the CBS log.

The option to roll back the driver is also greyed out. Silly me, I know, I should have tried that first but after uninstalling and installing the new drivers, it's not accessible anymore.

I ran various searches for malware and the PC seems to be clean.

Here is the System Info log from the Sysinfo app that I downloaded here in these forums:
Code:
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********************** Computer Info ************************
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Logged in user: VVPC\Vitor Vitorino
Computer Model: ESPRIMO Mobile V5535
Computer Manufacturer: FUJITSU SIEMENS
OS Name: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business |C:\Windows|\Device\Harddisk0\Partition2
OS Version: 6.0.6002
System Type: X86-based PC
Total Physical Memory: 1788 MB
Windows Directory: C:\Windows
BIOS Version: Ver 1.00PARTTBL"
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual  CPU  T2330  @ 1.60GHz
Video Card: SiS Mirage 3 Graphics
Resolution: 1280 x 800 x 4294967296 colors




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*********************** UAC Status **************************
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UAC is currently disabled




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Path: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\WPF\WPFFontCache_v0400.exe
StartMode: Manual
State: Stopped
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Name: Centro de segurança
Path: C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
StartMode: Auto
State: Running
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Name: Windows Search
Path: C:\Windows\system32\SearchIndexer.exe /Embedding
StartMode: Auto
State: Running
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Name: Windows Update
Path: C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
StartMode: Auto
State: Running
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Name: Windows Driver Foundation - User Mode Driver Framework
Path: C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
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************************** Network **************************
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Configura‡Æo IP do Windows


   Nome do sistema anfitriÆo. . . . .: VVPC
   Sufixo DNS principal. . . . . . . : 
   Tipo de n¢. . . . . . . . . . . . : H¡brido
   Rota IP activada. . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   WINS Proxy activado . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Lista de procura de sufixo de DNS : home


Adaptador ethernet Liga‡Æo de µrea Local:


   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : home
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : SiS191 Ethernet Controller
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-1E-33-01-84-ED
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : Sim
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim
   Endere‡o IPv6 de local de liga‡Æo : fe80::f88a:4a1a:377c:3865%8(Preferido) 
   Endere‡o IPv4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.2(Preferido) 
   M scara de sub-rede . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   ConcessÆo obtida. . . . . . . . . : segunda-feira, 28 de Abril de 2014 16:02:10
   ConcessÆo obtida v lida at‚ . . . : segunda-feira, 28 de Abril de 2014 17:02:10
   Gateway predefinido . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   Servidor DHCP . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   IAID DHCPv6 . . . . . . . . . . . : 167813329
   DUID Cliente DHCPv6 . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-11-DB-B4-1E-00-A0-D1-CE-56-FA
   Servidores DNS. . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   NetBIOS atrav‚s de Tcpip. . . . . . . . . : Activado


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 6:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.vodafonemobile.cpe
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 7:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{E7E11CEB-BEA5-4BCC-8FCC-7C9B33222D02}
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 12:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : 6TO4 Adapter
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 14:


   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 02-00-54-55-4E-01
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim
   Endere‡o IPv6 . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:9d38:6ab8:3027:1df5:3f57:fefd(Preferido) 
   Endere‡o IPv6 de local de liga‡Æo : fe80::3027:1df5:3f57:fefd%13(Preferido) 
   Gateway predefinido . . . . . . . : ::
   NetBios atrav‚s de TCP/IP . . . . : Desactivado


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 16:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : Placa Microsoft ISATAP #4
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 18:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{E7E11CEB-BEA5-4BCC-8FCC-7C9B33222D02}
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 19:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : 6TO4 Adapter
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 20:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : 6TO4 Adapter
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 21:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : 6TO4 Adapter
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 24:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : 6TO4 Adapter
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 26:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{BD9C82E1-9269-43BB-83C6-616D265871F5}
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 27:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : 6TO4 Adapter
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 29:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : 6TO4 Adapter
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 30:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : 6TO4 Adapter
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 33:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{F9E31E58-A9F3-4FA5-A06B-61E6678CCD47}
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 34:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{81B27558-C921-46E5-879B-B157B59C8BC5}
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 35:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{C5244C8C-FD19-4535-932F-CEBE0D8820D8}
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 37:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{B08706C5-1D4B-48F3-BAB2-7C432F1E3392}
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 42:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.colubris.lan
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim


Adaptador Tunnel Liga‡Æo de  rea local* 43:


   Estado do suporte . . . . . . . . : Suporte desligado
   Sufixo DNS espec¡fico da liga‡Æo. : 
   Descri‡Æo . . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{F9E31E58-A9F3-4FA5-A06B-61E6678CCD47}
   Endere‡o f¡sico . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP activado . . . . . . . . . . : NÆo
   Autoconfigura‡Æo activada . . . . : Sim




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********************* Systerm Restore ***********************
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Description: Instalação do Pacote de Controlador de Dispositivo: Atheros Communications Inc. Placas de rede
Creation Time: 04/26/2014 15:50:17
SequenceNumber: 478
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Description: Instalação do Pacote de Controlador de Dispositivo: Atheros Communications Inc. Placas de rede
Creation Time: 04/26/2014 17:15:56
SequenceNumber: 479
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Description: Instalação do Pacote de Controlador de Dispositivo: Atheros Communications Inc. Placas de rede
Creation Time: 04/26/2014 17:18:49
SequenceNumber: 480
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Description: Instalação do Pacote de Controlador de Dispositivo: Atheros Communications Inc. Placas de rede
Creation Time: 04/27/2014 16:19:33
SequenceNumber: 481
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Description: Instalação do Pacote de Controlador de Dispositivo: Atheros Communications Inc. Placas de rede
Creation Time: 04/27/2014 16:26:39
SequenceNumber: 482
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Description: Instalação do Pacote de Controlador de Dispositivo: Atheros Communications Inc. Placas de rede
Creation Time: 04/27/2014 16:34:59
SequenceNumber: 483
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Description: Instalação do Pacote de Controlador de Dispositivo: Atheros Placas de rede
Creation Time: 04/27/2014 16:54:57
SequenceNumber: 484
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Description: Instalação do Pacote de Controlador de Dispositivo: Atheros Communications Inc. Placas de rede
Creation Time: 04/27/2014 17:06:37
SequenceNumber: 485
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Description: Installed Wireless LAN Driver
Creation Time: 04/27/2014 17:11:38
SequenceNumber: 487
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Description: Instalação do Pacote de Controlador de Dispositivo: Atheros Communications Inc. Placas de rede
Creation Time: 04/27/2014 17:11:50
SequenceNumber: 488
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Description: Removed Wireless LAN Driver
Creation Time: 04/27/2014 17:19:45
SequenceNumber: 490
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Description: Instalação do Pacote de Controlador de Dispositivo: Atheros Communications Inc. Placas de rede
Creation Time: 04/27/2014 17:20:53
SequenceNumber: 491
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Description: Instalação do Pacote de Controlador de Dispositivo: Atheros Communications Inc. Placas de rede
Creation Time: 04/28/2014 10:51:04
SequenceNumber: 492
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Description: Instalação do Pacote de Controlador de Dispositivo: Atheros Communications Inc. Placas de rede
Creation Time: 04/28/2014 10:57:02
SequenceNumber: 493
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Description: Windows Update
Creation Time: 04/28/2014 11:42:30
SequenceNumber: 494
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I'm posting this here in hopes that someone already had a similar problem. Thank you for all the help!

When I try to edit my post, it gives me an Invalid Link error, so here's some more info:

The Notebook model is a Fujitsu-Siemens ESPRIMO Mobile V5535 and their support drivers can be found here (after specifying the OS and model):


http://support.ts.fujitsu.com/download/ShowFiles.asp
 
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Did you try a system restore to a point before you uninstalled the driver?

Unfortunately, I only tried that after the multiple installs and uninstalls of the drivers, so my earliest System Restore Point still has the driver installed :/

The last SFC /scannow scan repaired everything as well.

This computer has a Win Vista serial number, but no CD and the second partition doesn't have any kind of backup. The second partition is empty though. So, as a last resort, if I really don't have a choice, I'll try to do an upgrade install to see if that fixes it and if that still doesn't fix it I'll have to move everything in the users folder to the second partition and format the first which is a bummer :/

EDIT: Here is the setup.api.log that was inside C:\Windows\Inf and details the instalation process of all the drivers:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/tyxs1e4r7rxofch/setupapi.dev.log

I'm still trying to read into that setup.api.log file.

EDIT2: Alright, so I ended up moving all the user folders to the second partition, formating the first partition with a Vista SP1 ISO (could only find English language ones and the "shady" ones that had my language were already pre-activated and didn't work well with legit serial numbers.didn't want to bother with those), installing the SP1 Portuguese language pack via Vistalizator because only Windows Ultimate supports multiple language packs(installed via internal mode, thankfully) and then installling Service Pack 2 (All Languages) and activating it via online with the serial number on the back of the laptop. I had to install the language pack in Vistalizator before installing SP2 because SP2 has a protection against that and I'm not sure if the newer versions of Vistalizator fixed that. I also turned off Automatic Updates to make sure it doesn't somehow end up detecting the language change anyway.

I have a real knack for bumping heads with errors that nobody else gets that somehow turn into unfixable bugs. At least if someone else searches for this problem they'll know what to do.

Anyway, thank you for your help!
 
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