old ibm thinkpad

February 10, 2009 at 14:22:49
Specs: Windows XP
hi i need help iv got a ibm thinkpad 380e but it doesnt have any usb ports and i need to run a interet from the computer for first time how do i go about doing that if anyone can help i will be so happy please

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#1
February 10, 2009 at 14:50:33
You have to be a bit clearer. Do you want to connect to the internet and browse web sites OR do you 'run' a internet service from your laptop? Assuming the first you will need to connect to the internet by either a modem or a broad band connection. You don't need a USB connection.

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#2
February 10, 2009 at 15:01:35
"...i need to run a interet..."

Are you saying that you want to connect your 380e to the Internet? What does that have to do with a USB port? You have 2 type II, OR 1 type III pcmcia slot(s) available on that laptop. You will have to find a pcmcia (PC card) device that will work with the laptop and the Operating System on it. There are PC cards that will provide USB ports, Ethernet ports, or even WiFi adapters. Find one that'll work and use that to "run a interet".

It is difficult to believe that you are running Windows XP on an IBM 380e, it must be a painful eXperience...



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#3
February 10, 2009 at 15:17:54
PCMCIA to ethernet adapter is the normal choice.
Be sure the PCMCIA is a 16 bit. Not sure your's supports cardbus 32 bit. You could find out.

The only other choice might be a docking station or parallel or serial to IP with an adapter.

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#4
February 10, 2009 at 15:18:24
Not as painful as their grammar and lack of punctuation.

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#5
February 10, 2009 at 15:18:57
I don't think these came with a modem or network card. That means you'll need a 16bit PCMCIA modem for dial up internet or a 16bit PCMCIA network card for cable or dsl internet.

This thing should be a P150 or P166 laptop. What operating system are you running? You have XP listed above but that can't be correct.
Windows 95 or 98?

Give us the type number off the label on the bottom of the laptop...should say something like 2635-40U.

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#6
February 11, 2009 at 02:36:49
hi its windows 98? i already have a modem card already it works in computer but the internet service provider im on is a lead that has a usb in which has to connect to the modem card but the card hasnt got usb on it at all, and yes i want the 380e connected to a internet by a phone lead which i have internet already but cant use as wont go on to the computer i am doing this for my mum in her house

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#7
February 11, 2009 at 09:31:22
I understand your trying, but it's still not clear what you really need. Here is what is confusing to those trying to help you:

1) "...already have a modem card..." is understood to mean you have a PCMCIA or PC card modem that is already set up and working on the laptop. Is this a regular telephone modem which plugs into a conventional telephone outlet? If so, then the laptop can only connect to the Internet with this modem by being connected directly to a telephone line.

2) "...internet service provider im on is a lead that has a usb in which has to connect to the modem card but the card hasnt got usb on it at all..." Are you saying that you have Broadband ISP service which provides a USB connection to connect to, OR do you have a "dial-up" ISP and your using a USB modem to connect to the service? These PCMCIA or PC cards which plug into the side of the laptop are designed to do specific things. If the IBM 380e currently has a "modem card", then that is all it does. There are PC cards which provide USB ports, but you would remove the modem card and insert the USB card instead. You CAN NOT connect USB to a telephone modem card, it simply doesn't work that way.

3) "...i want the 380e connected to a internet by a phone lead which i have internet already..." This statement implies to someone reading it that what you have is a USB telephone modem which you are using to connect your computer to your dial-up ISP service and you want to be able to connect your mother's IBM laptop using this same USB modem. If that is the case, then the correct way to connect your mother's laptop is to unplug the USB modem from the telephone connection, and plug the PC card modem from her laptop directly into the telephone connection and use the PC card modem to dial up your ISP service.

IF what you are wanting to do is somehow have BOTH your computer and your mother's laptop connected to your dial-up ISP service at the same time, you can't do that. Your USB modem can only be connected to a single computer. What may be possible is to configure your computer for something called Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) where your computer would be connected to your ISP service and your mother's laptop would be connected to your computer and accessing the Internet through your computer. But, this is complicated to do and would require you to study and learn how to do it.


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#8
February 11, 2009 at 10:30:02
my mother has a isdn isb modem provider by talk talk, one end of the modem which talk talk has provided,one end of the modem cable fits into the wall and that leads to the modem which talk talk has provided a lead then passes from the modem to my mothers pc, but using a usb lead, but my mothers pc which is ibm thinkpad 380e doesnt have usb ports, and so i cannot use the talk talk modem supplied with my mothers pc, so is there any other way i can get internet?

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#9
February 11, 2009 at 15:20:16
See about a pcmcia to usb card then.

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#10
February 11, 2009 at 15:56:55
Do not know what "talk talk" is, assuming it is the name of the Internet Service provider (ISP)

You or your mother need to contact the technical support of this ISP and find out how to connect this old laptop to their service. It is very probable that there is no way to connect a computer and old and slow as the IBM 380e to the service, but they would be the only people who know that.


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#11
February 11, 2009 at 16:33:43
jefro, I've hunted for a 16bit USB card for years...just not available. mollyldom is SOL for USB if that laptop doesn't support cardbus.

Like pyro said, it's time to contact the folks at talktalk. God only knows what level of service they've signed up for and if they were provided a wireless router. Seems like talktalk provides a couple of different USB wireless adapters.

If they do have a wireless router, there's a good chance that a wireless 16bit PCMCIA network card would do the trick.

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#12
February 20, 2009 at 08:16:07
I have an IBM Thinkpad 380E as well. I don't have a USB port, but you can get a USB adapter from any store (Walmart, Radio Shack). You can also buy a wireless mouse, and in the box, there a small part that will go in the back of the computer where there are 5 or 6 pins sticking out, and the part will go in and at the other end is a USB port. I got mine from a small computer repair shop, but if you can go somewhere where they can let you see the inside of a wireless mouse, you will see the part and at the end you will see where it can be insert in the back of the Thinkpad.

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#13
February 20, 2009 at 14:27:32
Very poor advice motherangel.

"I don't have a USB port, but you can get a USB adapter from any store (Walmart, Radio Shack)."

Do you know for a fact that the 380e has 32bit cardbus PCMCIA slots? Do you even know the difference between 32bit and 16bit?

"You can also buy a wireless mouse, and in the box, there a small part that will go in the back of the computer where there are 5 or 6 pins sticking out, and the part will go in and at the other end is a USB port. I got mine from a small computer repair shop, but if you can go somewhere where they can let you see the inside of a wireless mouse, you will see the part and at the end you will see where it can be insert in the back of the Thinkpad."

BULLSHIRT! You really think a USB to ps/2 adapter will give any machine a USB port?

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#14
March 6, 2009 at 08:23:47
I know what he is asking for. The 380e does not have any USB ports. I would like to attach USB devices to the computer. The only way to do it was to get a PCMCIA to USB card bus. My problem is that the contact points for the new cards, (I mean the copper contacts) are on the front portion over the pin locations. The contact areas for the Thinkpad 380e should be in the back on each side of the card bus. I have purchased several bus cards before I noticed why they would not be recognized by the system. If anyone knows of one that will work, I would greatly appreciate it.

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#15
March 6, 2009 at 09:18:18
Read my Response Number 11. To my knowledge, no 16bit USB cards exist. If they did, I'd own a crapload of 'em as 2 of my laptops are 16bit

"CardBus are PCMCIA 5.0 or later (JEIDA 4.2 or later) 32-bit PCMCIA devices, introduced in 1995 and present in laptops from late 1997 onward. CardBus is effectively a 32-bit, 33 MHz PCI bus in the PC Card form factor. CardBus includes bus mastering, which allows a controller on the bus to talk to other devices or memory without going through the CPU. Many chipsets are available for both PCI and CardBus, such as those that support Wi-Fi.

The notch on the left hand front of the device is slightly shallower on a CardBus device, so a 32-bit device cannot be plugged into a slot that can only accept 16-bit devices. Most new slots are compatible with both CardBus and the original 16-bit PC Card devices. Cardbus cards have a gold band with eight small studs on the top of the card next to the pin sockets, which is not present in earlier models.

The speed of CardBus interfaces in 32 bit burst mode depends on the transfer type; in byte mode it is 33 MB/s, in Word mode it is 66 MB/s, and in DWord mode it is 132 MB/s".

Re: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC_card

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