WFW 3.11 connect to cable modem

Zenith / Zwl-4256-21
October 28, 2009 at 12:29:16
Specs: Windows For Workgroups 3.11
I have a Zenith laptop with WFW 3.11 on it. What I am
trying to do is get it to connect to my router so it can
get internet. I download Internet explorer 5.01 and
TCP/IP. I set up an adapter Called Zenith Data
Systems Znote, because that is the name of my
computer. I enabled DHCP in the TCP/IP and made
that the default protocol. It told me to restart so I did.
The driver loads up fine in My dos 6.22, but when I
start up windows I get a blue screen saying it can not
find the DHCP Server. I heard that WFW 3.11's DHCP
is not that great and if you set it up manually it would
work. Any Suggestions on how I would do that?.

P.S.
I am trying to run it through my serial port. I have a
serial to ethernet adapter.


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#1
October 28, 2009 at 12:34:20
"I am trying to run it through my serial port. I have a
serial to ethernet adapter"

I don't believe that will work and that is the source of your problem.

You need a old pcmcia card that is a nic. Most likely the only thing you may find of that vintage is a combo card like a Xircom.

Might try ebay for that.

BTW since wfw has no updates/no firewall/no protection your laptop is at great risk when you do finally get on the internet.


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#2
October 28, 2009 at 12:47:30
I have never seen a PCMIA slot, but I am pretty sure that this
laptop does not have it... hmmm...

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#3
October 28, 2009 at 13:01:52
Strange a WFW laptop, with the first version of networkable windows, would not have a built in 10mb nic or a pcmcia slot.

This is what the slot(s) look like
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...

Here is a xircom card
http://www.swnetworksolutions.com/r...


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#4
October 28, 2009 at 15:35:47
Just a note - the RJ-45 to DB-25 connector is not a serial ethernet adapter.

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#5
October 28, 2009 at 15:52:48
You guys do not realize what he is using. This is not a laptop like you think. This thing is what we use to call lugables because they where about 25 pounds. No they did not have PCMCIA because it was not invented yet and WFW 3.11 does not support it even if it did. So you used Serial NICs back then like he is saying. You have to load the drivers into the SYSTEM.INI to make them work. As for the DHCP problem, WFW only came with Netbios and had no TCP/IP stack. You can download it how ever....

http://www.it.ubc.ca/internet/resne...

Your best bet would be to upgrade to Windows 95 or better yet through the it away and spend like $50 to get a first generation Pentium Laptop.


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#6
October 28, 2009 at 22:59:05
I have already installed the TCP IP stack. I do not see how
going to 95 will help. I now realize there is a difference between
serial ethernet connector and a serial ethernet adapter. so what
I need is to look into an adapter? Would that work?

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on a side note I believe the laptop is only about 8-10 pounds at most.


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#7
October 29, 2009 at 13:45:26
Yes if you can still find one. I still have one for nostalgia purposes but why are you so bent on making this work on windows 3.11? Your best bet is ebay or any auction site that sells old stuff.

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#8
October 29, 2009 at 13:59:52
I am obsessed... yep that is about it... I play too many games
in class and I hate writing notes, so I figured I would get a
system that can just barely get emails so I can get better
grades. I already rebuilt the battery so it is like new, but I would
like internet. Will tell of results once I get the serial to ethernet
adapter network card.

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#9
October 29, 2009 at 19:51:10
Does this computer have slots for cards? Early transportables frequently had a slot or two that would accept a short standard card.

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#10
October 30, 2009 at 16:56:03
Good luck with that. You have to remember that the GUI Internet did not become popular until about 1995 when Windows 95 came out so Windows 3.11 will not have I.E. in it and you will probably have to dig up an old version of Netscape to even have a chance. You could always subscribe to the old ARPAnet crap like Net Gophers and Web Crawlers. That stuff is soooo old.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gopher...

And no his Laptop does not have PCMCIA cards nor does WIndows 3.11 support them.


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