Internet on windows 95

April 9, 2010 at 10:47:36
Specs: Windows 95, 40 MB
I have an old pentium 1 running windows 95 and my son wants to connect to the internet on it. Many years ago I used dial-up to connect but its not in use any more in my country. What do I need to make it work please? Thanks.

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April 9, 2010 at 17:51:23
Most broadband providers still support Win95 (and a lot of them don't even know it--I was able to get on broadband with a Compaq 386sx20 running Win95 when BellSouth said that I couldn't). You'll need a network card for starters, and if the machine still has Win95, then IE 5.5 was the last M$ browser to support it. Firefox worked (with some hacking) up to version 1.5 see: Not sure which version of Opera stops working on Win95 (I've heard as far as v. 9). If you want something a little more modern, you might try running one of the "lighter" live Linux distro on it first (assuming the machine can boot from CD or you know enough to create a bootable floppy):

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April 10, 2010 at 02:57:32
Thanks very much for your reply. I have another question please, what kind of network card supports windows 95 and from were can I get it online. Thanks very much.

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April 10, 2010 at 04:14:43
Depends on what kind of slot (ISA, PCI, etc.) you need a card for (you didn't mention anything other than "40MB" in your specs). IMHO 3Com made the best, and Win95 had most drivers for 3Com cards of the day already built-in; so if it were me I'd just Google "3Com network adapter". You should be able to find something to fit your machine.

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April 13, 2010 at 09:09:57
Now it seems I have an even bigger problem. The computer is telling me that the keyboad is locked, unlock keyboard and it wont boot up. There s no lock in sight. What can I do? Thanks for any answers.

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April 13, 2010 at 12:54:39
Windows 95 is far from dead!

I doubt any ISPs actively support Windows 95, but if your ISP supports dial-up and TCP/IP then you're in luck and it's pretty much guaranteed to work on Windows 95 because Windows 95 supports both of these protocols.

I also agree with T-R-A that 3Com are the best network cards. Mine is a 3Com 509B-TCO ISA rinning in PnP mode. (This machine originally ran Windows 3.x which didn't support PnP so it was common to get ISA-compatible cards back then that could run in 3.x and NT 3.x)

For what it's worth I am typing this reply from my Gateway 2000 P5-133XL (133MHz Pentium, 128MB RAM, 12/27/1995).

I use a combination of Netscape Navigator v3.0 Professional (also, ftp here) and for newer sites that require SSL like eBay I use Mozilla Firefox (available for download here. Run Firefox in Windows 95 :: Mozilla Stuff :: Many of the links on his page don't work anymore, so before installing Firefox you need to install 50comupd.exe, dcom95.exe, dun14-95.exe, speu.exe, and winsock 2, all from Microsoft's website. **You need to install all these updates and reboot before you can install Firefox successfully**.

Also, the first time you run Firefox you will get a "invalid page fault". Just click close, and restart Firefox. This is because Windows 95 doesn't support Firefox's browser import settings functionality, but you will only receive this error once, when you first install Firefox. Restart Firefox and you are good to go!

For the majority of websites, I prefer using Navigator (as I am right now) because it runs much faster than Firefox on my old box, and loads all the websites I need to see with the exception of banking sites and eBay that require a new browser such as Firefox. After all I can login and post on using v3.0 so the SSL it has is compliant enough.

I also highly recommend ZoneAlarm 2.0 firewall or newer up to v 3.1.395. I think they all work the same and I have a hardware firewall anyway.

(Updated 04/14/10 16:17 with the link for Firefox in paragraph 5)

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April 13, 2010 at 16:36:35
"The computer is telling me that the keyboad is locked, unlock keyboard and it wont boot up."

Odd message. Is that coming from Windows 95, or from the computer (BIOS bootup) itself?

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April 23, 2010 at 04:48:50
Use K-Meleon as your web browser. Lightweight recent browser supports Win95/NT4 and above

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