Windows 98 PC using WIFI

September 18, 2008 at 15:06:33
Specs: win98, pentium 2, 320 mb

I have a Windows 98 operating system, 320MB RAM, 127GB capacity, Pentium 2 processor. I recently formatted it to start all over again which went fine. I bought a USB WIFI adapter to detect the wireless connection I have at home. It worked, but Windows kept asking me to install a modem even though it detected my connection. So instead of internet explorer opening up the homepage, I am constantly asked to try and detect a modem. This is the only problem I experience with it. Any help would be appreciated.



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#1
September 18, 2008 at 16:24:40

I have used a USB WiFi adapter with several different 98SE installations and have never experienced this problem. It may be because in each of my systems there was already an Ethernet adapter installed. Oh, and I don't use Internet Explorer (the newest version of Opera will still run on 98SE). Have you tried to run the Internet Explorer "connection wizard"? Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu, under the "Connections" tab there is a button labeled "Setup" which runs the connection wizard. The default for IE seems to be connection by modem. Perhaps using this and choosing to "connect through a lan or set up manually" (which you've really already done, but IE doesn't know it), will stop the annoying behavior. Note: I would leave the "automatic detection" and lan proxy dialogues blank, just use the wizard to establish that you aren't connecting with a modem and that you are setting up your Internet connection manually. Automatic detection in this dialogue doesn't mean automatic detection of IP (DHCP), that is set up in the networking dialogues.


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#2
September 18, 2008 at 18:16:50

Open 'dial up networking' in 'my computer'. What shows there?

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#3
September 19, 2008 at 06:54:41

"Windows kept asking me to install a modem even though it detected my connection"

Do you have a modem installed? Did you reinstall the drivers for it after the reformat? You don't have to use the modem but if you have one, you need to install the drivers...either that, or physically remove the modem from your system. If it's an onboard modem & you're not gonna use it, go into the BIOS & disable it.

As for the problem with IE, click on Tools > Internet Options > Connections...click the button next to "Never dial a connection", then click APPLY

"If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions" - Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) in Pulp Fiction


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#4
September 21, 2008 at 01:49:15

Your problem is probably the USB connection.
Have you tried an ethernet wireless adapter
or pci wireless ethernet card?

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#5
September 21, 2008 at 07:46:16

On an unrelated note, if you have a hard drive larger than 127GB installed in a system that is not 48 bit LBA compliant you may have problems with data corruption.

Win98 is not 48 bit LBA compliant but you can work around that issue by partitioning the drive into something smaller than 127GB. However, the only workaround for a non compliant BIOS is to install an add in controller card.

If you wish to discuss this further post back. A link below explains 48 bit LBA further.

http://www.48bitlba.com/index.htm


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#6
September 21, 2008 at 14:08:24

THANKS FOR ALL THE ADVICE!! However, I now have a new problem, whereby the strongest signal strength i get is at a maximum of 48%-50%. A friend said it is because my computer that was built at the time of Pentium 2 would only have USB-1 ports instead of USB-2 ports and I ultimately don't get much connectivity because they are not very good USB ports. Once again, any help is much appreciated. tahirtheram86

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#7
September 21, 2008 at 14:12:33

If your USB ports were only designed as USB 1.1 ports that is all they will ever run.

You might consider an add in USB card.

You didn't respond about the hard drive size.


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#8
September 21, 2008 at 15:43:38

Ensure Internet Explorer is set to "Never dial a connection" (assuming you are still around). It's in Tools > Internet Options > Connections.

some other bloke...


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#9
September 21, 2008 at 16:29:09

"I now have a new problem, whereby the strongest signal strength i get is at a maximum of 48%-50%"

It has nothing to do with your USB port...it has to do with location, location, location!

"If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions" - Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) in Pulp Fiction


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#10
September 22, 2008 at 01:28:04

thanks for the advice about the drive. could you please explain what exactly are the following things:

BIOS
48 bit LBA

the link you gave me said that it doesn't support drives bigger than 137gb, but mine is 127gb, will my computer be ok?

also, how does this 'add in USB card' work? do i physically install it as hardware into the machine internally? what benefits will it give me?

location, location, location? do you mean within my house? the computer that i use as the server for my home network has internet working correctly via a wireless router. therefore, should i move the win98 pc to a different location within the house?

thanks everyone!


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#11
September 22, 2008 at 05:07:40

What is the actual size (capacity) of your drive? What size shows in the start up screens?

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