Solved Looking for a network card

February 5, 2012 at 01:04:17
Specs: Windows for Workgroups 3.11
Hey there, folks. I've got a bit of a dilemma; I'm rebuilding an old rig to run Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and I'm looking to potentially get it onto the internet. The problem I've run into, however, is that I don't have a network card to use in it and don't even know where to begin looking for one old enough to work. Right now there's a D-Link DFE-530TX+ in there, but I scrounged it from a computer I pulled out of the trash years ago and it's either dead on arrival or not actually the right card for the slot I put it in, which despite years of working with computers I think I just might have done.

I'm just looking for something that'll work and that'll either fit in a PCI slot or an ISA slot. My searches have come up fruitless as there seems to be no place online dedicated to selling legacy hardware of this age and specificity. Any help towards finding a solution would be greatly appreciated, and the cheaper and easier the better. Hopefully somebody can point me in the right direction!

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February 5, 2012 at 03:38:27
Hardware manufacturer's stopped making network cards for Windows 3.xx years ago (ie they stopped supplying legacy drivers for them) and as you probably know, 99% of network cards available today aren't supplied with any drivers because all modern versions of Windows have their own network card drivers built in.

So unless you can find an old working card somewhere (complete with it's Windows 3.1 driver software), you are out of luck. I've done a search myself, and although there are plenty of tutorials on how to install a network card in DOS/Windows 3.1, those tutorials assume you that you already have a card.

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February 5, 2012 at 08:31:14
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"as there seems to be no place online dedicated to selling legacy hardware of this age and specificity."

Perhaps this will help:

Suggest one of the 3Com 3C509's, since WfWG 3.11 generally had few problems with identifying it.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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February 5, 2012 at 09:35:01
Wow, thanks for that link! That's exactly what I was looking for. I'll be sure to bookmark it too in the event that I ever need any other legacy hardware. I've ordered the card you suggested (shipping was a little steep, but that's the price you pay for building an outdated rig I suppose) so hopefully it'll be here by the end of the week.

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February 5, 2012 at 20:33:30
You'll probably also need to install the TCP/IP stack which I referred to last February:

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February 10, 2012 at 06:24:31
as I recall though the DFE-530TX+ has win3x drivers it works better under wfwg with the rtl ones

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