toshiba libretto 50ct

September 15, 2011 at 15:49:18
Specs: windows 95
i bought a windows 95 toshiba 50ct off of ebay and im wondering how to connect to the internet it has a pc card modem with a cord coming out of it that has a phone jack type head on it. im not familiar with any thing thats not lan or wifi so is this dial up or what. i just need to know how and what i need for this

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September 15, 2011 at 19:59:48
Check in device manager to make sure the modem drivers are installed. Then install an ISP like AOL and run it.

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September 15, 2011 at 20:07:56
it actually has AOL on it but im not quite sure how it works what number should i dial if any?

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September 15, 2011 at 21:31:55
If it's got the previous owner's account you can start AOL and choose 'connection options' (or something similar) from the sign-on box that opens. From there you can have it dial in and find access numbers for your area code and then set it up for your area. If the previous owner is an idiot and left it a valid account you may be able dial in but likely that's not the case. It wouldn't do you any good anyway unless they stored their password. Each aol account can have up to 4 or 5 separate users.

I'm not sure if you can add a new account without uninstalling and then reinstalling aol. But getting it setup on your computer is fairly straightforware. That is, it'll ID your modem, ask for your area code, dial AOL via an 800 number to get your local access numbers. You then choose which one(s) you want to use.

AOL charges $10 or $15 a month. You'll want the cheapest plan since they'll want to sell you services you don't need. All you really want it for is to get on the internet.

Once aol connects, just minimize it and open IE or whatever other browser you may have installed.

After you sign off for the first time it'll download an update and install it. Then you log on again, log off and it'll download another update. You may have to do that 10 or 15 times until you get current with all the updates.

There are other ISP's out there. I think netzero is still around but I don't think there's any more free ones for dial up users.

(Yeah I still use aol.)

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September 16, 2011 at 03:43:20
If you already have access to Ethernet or Wi-fi, there's no reason to purchase a dial-up connection. Aall you need to do is buy an PC Card Ethernet adapter compatible with Windows 95 (there are a few wireless cards compatible with Windows 95, but they are relatively rare). I see one on eBay right now that costs only $5 with free shipping.

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September 16, 2011 at 16:37:22
ill probably just pick one off eBay(ive never been able to get my wifi adapters too work)
:) do you think ill need to install software for it because this laptop has no cd drive or floppy drive

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September 16, 2011 at 19:07:57
Yeah, most likely you'll need drivers. Why did you buy a laptop with no floppy or cdrom?

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September 17, 2011 at 06:27:53
its pretty used (15 yrs old). I guess you could call me a hobbyist :p. there is actually a CD or a floppy drive that originally came with it but the person on eBay didn't have it, but i also have a 1996 Toshiba satellite pro and they both have IR ports and they both have tranxit (an old ass file transfer system) on them do you suppose i could link them up and transfer the drivers because the satellite pro has a CD and floppy drive.

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September 17, 2011 at 14:00:07
I don't know. I've never tried it. But that might be the only way to get it done. If you ever get it set up that way you might look into a parallel port zip drive. They're fairly cheap on ebay. They've got both dos and 95 support so if you could get those drivers installed (somehow) you could use the zip drive for future transfers.

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September 19, 2011 at 09:19:47
That computer may not have enough RAM for resources to use a wireless card. How much RAM? You'd probably need at least 32MB-64MB after the OS has taken it's share.

If you decide to go the AOL dial-up route, here are the access numbers:

Just type in your area code or select your state.

What version of AOL is on there? AOL 1.1-5.0 still work but the browsers are barely usable. Also LAN/WiFi requires at least AOL 2.5 or later. You can find the old versions on, some of the old ones are also on my site.

You'd be better off connecting with AOL to start your dial-up connection, then downloading Opera 10.10 "Classic" ( which is the latest browser that works flawlessly on Windows 95. It must be the classic installer, the standard one will fail.

iMac G5 1.8GHz PPC, 2GB RAM, 160GB, Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8, SuperDrive

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