getting internet on old desktop

December 6, 2011 at 06:23:54
Specs: Windows 7
I have an old Gateway 2000 desktop computer that works great. I can't connect to the internet because it doesn't have an Ethernet or Usb port. It uses windows 98.

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December 6, 2011 at 08:11:22
You can fit a network card (that's what an ethernet cable plugs into) into a spare PCI slot inside the system case, but Windows 98 may have a problem detecting it without a third-party driver (Windows 98 does not have as many built-in drivers as later Windows versions, and very few network cards are supplied with a driver these days).
it's a case of fitting one and see if windows 98 recognises it.

You can also buy a USB card that fits into a PCI slot (drivers may be less of a problem with a USB card compared to a network card).

But you really need a minimum of Windows XP to minimise driver problems when installing new hardware devices. Very few device manufacturers support Windows 98 now.

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December 6, 2011 at 16:37:14
Post back your cpu speed and ram.

You can always install a dial up modem.

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December 7, 2011 at 01:50:17
Get an ethernet card with Win98 drivers. You will also need the Win98 CD and a browser (IE 5.x)

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December 10, 2011 at 10:40:25
i have a pci card that works great with windows 98.

google: f5d7001

this card is the Belkin Wireless G+ Desktop PCI Card. works really well, and the utility that handles the card has a very clean interface, but you dont care much. give it a try.

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December 10, 2011 at 14:28:05
The OP seems to have wandered off and didn't bother to post back with PC specs. But note that she says there are no USB ports. A gateway with no USB but running 98 may only be a 486 and won't have PCI.

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