Solved Add wireless connection to an older version of Windows XP

November 5, 2013 at 13:39:35
Specs: Windows XP, 128
I installed an older version of Windows XP. How do I add a wireless connection to Windows XP?
It only lists modem connections.

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November 6, 2013 at 05:39:19
Did you recently rebuild the system (re-install the OS)?

If you open control panel and then look under the system folder - hardware tab - device manager… you get a list of everything installed.

Look under the network adapters icon; do you see anything listed there - and if so what?

Ideally you will see things such as 1394 Net Adapter; Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet; and possibly an Intel® Pro Wireless 2220BG Network Connection. Those are what show on my elderly Acer 1692 laptop. What's in your Compaq may be a little different…

Regardless list here what you find under the network adapters icon.

Also note if there' are "any" yellow question marks (?) showing (anywhere).

Possibly you need to install drivers various; they can be obtained here:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

Save them to your HD (somewhere safe ) copy to a cd and install from that.



#1
November 5, 2013 at 15:18:30
Presumably the laptop/pc has a wifi card included; either built-in if a laptop, and similarly on many not too old desktop systems. If no built-in wifi adapter - then do you have a plug in card (if a desk top system), or a usb wifi adapter? And again if a laptop and no wifi built in,do you have a usb wifi adapter.

What make/model is the system you are hoping to enable wifi on?


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#2
November 5, 2013 at 15:22:48
Do you have a wireless netwrok card installed and configured with the correct driver.

The only Modems Windows will recognise are 56k dial up Modems. No good for wireless.

Broadband Modems are accessed through an Ethernet or wi-fi connection which has to be installed and configured.

Once you have a wireless card installed and a wireless router set-up and configured you configure the wireless via the Wires Network Set-up Wizard in Control Panel.

You mat need to make a temporary Ethernet connection order to configure the router.

Stuart


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#3
November 5, 2013 at 16:53:39
It is a Compaq Presario V2000. It has built in Wi-Fi but it is not recognizing the router even with an ethernet connection.

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#4
November 5, 2013 at 16:57:17
I used an Ethernet cable but the machine did not recognize it. Do I need to download a driver to a CD?

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#5
November 6, 2013 at 05:32:49
Are these specs correct? >> Windows XP, 128

If you only have 128MB RAM, you should NOT be running XP. It needs a minimum of 512MB & even with that amount, it won't perform all that well.

As for wireless, did you install the drivers?

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...


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#6
November 6, 2013 at 05:39:19
✔ Best Answer
Did you recently rebuild the system (re-install the OS)?

If you open control panel and then look under the system folder - hardware tab - device manager… you get a list of everything installed.

Look under the network adapters icon; do you see anything listed there - and if so what?

Ideally you will see things such as 1394 Net Adapter; Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet; and possibly an Intel® Pro Wireless 2220BG Network Connection. Those are what show on my elderly Acer 1692 laptop. What's in your Compaq may be a little different…

Regardless list here what you find under the network adapters icon.

Also note if there' are "any" yellow question marks (?) showing (anywhere).

Possibly you need to install drivers various; they can be obtained here:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

Save them to your HD (somewhere safe ) copy to a cd and install from that.


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#7
November 6, 2013 at 05:54:31
That model Compaq was shipped (often/usually?) with XP - and typically with 512Meg…; have seen references to only 256 Meg too…???

Typical brief review and specs here:

http://www.cnet.com/laptops/compaq-...

More detailed specs - various generations… - here: (scroll down to find/see the whole range..)

http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/si...

So the issue of 128Meg RAM is certainly one to clarify (as per rider). If this Compaq came with XP installed originally then likely it did have at least 512 Meg installed… XP will sort of run (a nippy stagger might be more correct) with 256…but 512 is better; and 1024Meg even better. Anything above that is usually not worth the pennies for general use…

The link above in my post-6 is also the source for all documents, general help, downloads various (drivers included).

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#8
November 6, 2013 at 07:54:00
I did not install drivers because I don't have them to install. How would I install the drivers?

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#9
November 6, 2013 at 09:43:16
Nothing will work without drivers.

You need to go to the HP website and download them. For that you need a working computers. Trvlr has already told you where to get them from. You install them by running the file that you have downloaded.

Stuart


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#10
November 6, 2013 at 11:09:16
Also please confirm the RAM size as requested.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#11
November 6, 2013 at 13:29:16
Yeah; we need to know how much RAM before we go anywhere else with this.

Skip
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#12
November 6, 2013 at 14:45:52
"I did not install drivers because I don't have them to install."

Try the link at the bottom of response #5, that's what I put it there for.


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#13
November 8, 2013 at 08:56:25
I tried an ethernet connection. It still did not respond.

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#14
November 8, 2013 at 08:57:25
It came from the factory with WinXP. Must have 512.

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#15
November 8, 2013 at 08:59:38
It came with 512 RAM

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#16
November 8, 2013 at 09:01:08
This machine came with WinXP. So it had 512 RAM

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#17
November 9, 2013 at 05:27:17
"Must have 512"

Do you know or don't you? All you have to do is right click on My Computer, then click Properties. It will show you there.

As for the drivers, ethernet & wireless are 2 different things, but neither will work without drivers. HP does not list a wireless driver so if your computer has a wireless card, it was installed by someone else. There's no way any of us have any idea which wireless card it is. Open the case & have a look, copy any info you find on the card & post it, then one of us should be able to hook you up with the correct driver.

The ethernet driver is here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

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#18
November 10, 2013 at 08:26:42
Thank you all for your help. In the end I used a recovery disc. It is brand new now.

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#19
November 14, 2013 at 09:40:36
The 128 MB could be Video memory. And I have seen a few and very few desktops when XP first came out that came from the factory with 128 MB ram. Remember the $299.00 dell's? They came with Celeron processors and 128 MB ram it was a introductory price to get you to call and the rep would try and sell a better system.

Laptop Dell Latitude D620 Core2Duo
Windows XP Pro SP3
Desktop HP Pavilion p6533w
AMD Dual Core 3.0
Windows 7 Home Premium
Server Windows XP Pro SP3
3.0 Ghz 3 GB Ram


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