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trouble with internet connection Win98-2nd ed


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#1 toenail

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 10:14 AM

I have an older (2000/2001) Dell 733 desktop running Windows 98 second edition. For the past few years it has sat boxed because local cable installers told me that it was too old to be compatible with modern high speed modem. I find this a little hard to believe, but thought maybe the installer just didn't know how to configure properly. I know it's not plug-n-play like the more recent stuff, but seems like it should be usable for just internet browsing.

Any thoughts on how to get this up and running on the net?

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 01:15 PM

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First thing to check is that the system does have a network card and that it is functioning properly.
Click start - settings - control panel - system icon - device manager tab.
Look under the network adapters category & see what it reports there. Any yellow circles with an exclamation point in it or a red X? Pls post back what device manager reports there.

If everything appears ok in device manager, and you have a router, you should be able to just plug it in and go.

Be advised that there is not much left in the way of anti-virus or anti-malware programs that still work with 98
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 10:36 AM

Thanks for the response. I need to haul this in from storage and de-box before I try again. Is it not worth it to web browse without current anit-virus/malware? I was using it a few years ago issue-free. Hate to go through the motions if it's going to lock up on me a week in.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 02:14 PM

If your computer has a valid network card installed then it can work with any modern broadband that is available. Your only issue will be probably streaming content and gaming.

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 09:27 PM

Thanks for the response. I need to haul this in from storage and de-box before I try again. Is it not worth it to web browse without current anit-virus/malware? I was using it a few years ago issue-free. Hate to go through the motions if it's going to lock up on me a week in.

You can surf the web, but be very careful where you venture, being that you do not have much protection from potential Internet threats.

As cryptodan mentioned, I think you'll find enjoyment using your computer doing normal surfing. However you will most likely have some issues with streaming media and a few web pages that may not display special effects do to the lack of a flash player that supports Windows 98.

But hey, I still have Windows 98 installations disks and I will never depart with those, because I have many DOS shell games that run quite well on Windows 98.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 07:51 PM

As the others say:

Check to see if you have a network card.

If you do, you will almost assuredly be able to connect to the net.




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