i cant get my old laptop to connect to internet

April 10, 2012 at 16:44:19
Specs: microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, intell pentium III processor speed 647 MHz/ 128MB Ram`
i am trying to hook up a laptop to internet that is over ten years old. when i try to set up a wireless network it say there's no dial tone. also when i start it up it says "Network Wireless Update, Router is unavailable". i was going to try an Ethernet cord but there is no Ethernet port on the laptop. what do i do?

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#1
April 10, 2012 at 17:33:21
"Specs: microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, intell pentium III processor speed 647 MHz/ 128MB Ram"

First things first. If you're running XP, you would do well to max out the RAM to what the machine will accept. Anything less than 512MB will be little more than frustration, especially with an older CPU.

"when i try to set up a wireless network it say there's no dial tone."

That appears likely because it was set-up for dial-up access before. Are you planning on using dial-up or broadband? If dial-up then you're going to need some type of dial-up modem; if broadband, then you'll need some type of ethernet connection.

"i was going to try an Ethernet cord but there is no Ethernet port on the laptop."

If the machine has USB ports then you could likely use something like this:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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April 10, 2012 at 18:28:09
thanks alot! i will try the adapter. once i do that should the internet just work automatically or is there anything else i would maybe have to do?
and for this answer...
"First things first. If you're running XP, you would do well to max out the RAM to what the machine will accept. Anything less than 512MB will be little more than frustration, especially with an older CPU."
... i am not very knowledgeable with computers so how would i max out the RAM?

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#3
April 11, 2012 at 03:10:50
"... i am not very knowledgeable with computers so how would i max out the RAM?"

Simply determine the specific type and maximum amount of memory the machine can hold and install it. If you're not comfortable with this, have a technician do it. You need to know the specs (Brand/Model or Motherboard type) of the machine to determine that ("Intel Pentium III/650 MHz" isn't enough information to determine what it can handle).

"...should the internet just work automatically or is there anything else i would maybe have to do?"

That usually depends on the Broadband Provider. You'd obviously need a modem (DSL or Cable) from them to connect, and quite possibly software from them as well.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#4
April 11, 2012 at 07:35:02
If your computer doesn't have a wired network interface, what makes you think it has a wireless network interface?

I'm betting it doesn't and that's why you can't connect it to a wireless network.

Chances are the unit will have a PCMCIA slot or two that are unused. You could purchase an PCMCIA wireless network interface and put it in there.

I agree with T-R-A's reccommendation to upgrade your RAM.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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