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Revitalizing 01 Toughbook: PCMCIA WPA2-PSK Registry settings

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  1. DarkLight1

    DarkLight1 Thread Starter

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    I may not find the answer I'm looking for but I might get ideas from someone older and wiser :unsure:

    Computer: 2001 Panasonic Toughbook CF-M34/17

    CPU: Intel Celeron 400 MHz (Pentium II)

    OS: Windows 98se

    RAM: SDRAM 128MB

    PCMCIA: Belkin Wireless G Notebook Card F5D7010 (Version 6000uk), USB 2.0

    The PCMCIA wireless card and Software is correct for this machine and operating system.

    Problem: In Belkin Utility Software when I change Network Authentication to WPA2-PSK it will only allow a Hex Key value and will not allow Passphrase be selected, hence; I'm trying to force it to work in the registry (...\Services\Class\Net\). I Changed AuthenType to 7 (WPA2-PSK) and I'm stuck how to change it to passphrase i.e Router password, or which other changes I need to make.

    PLEASE don't :LOL:, I love this computer: 19 years old with touch screen (y)
     
  2. Macboatmaster

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    Please see page 27 and 28
    https://fccid.io/K7SF5D7010F/User-Manual/Manual-745215

    OR
    http://cache-www.belkin.com/support/dl/p74682uk_f5d7010_man_hr.pdf
    page 20 and 24

    Have you set WPA-PSK security in router

    You will I hope understand that it is quite difficult to find an exact hit on that PCMCIA card as there appears to be many variants using similar ID
    Although I am reasonably certain that the guides will cover yours and it appears to me that a passphrase can be used rather than a hex key
     
  3. DarkLight1

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    Thanks for your reply. I researched the card and it will work on this computer with Windows 98se OS. It is reading the signal strength from the router but will not make a connection. When I set it up the protocol was WEP by default but the router only will work using WPA/WPA2-PSK (I checked). The Belkin software is the correct software for this card I got it directly from their site, it is quite similar to your first option but again when I change the settings to WPA-PSK the button to select password is locked. I wonder would I be banging my head off a brick wall contacting Belkin o_O. Thanks again
     
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    I understand that BUT what are the settings in the router
    even although you cannot connect to the internet you should still be able to access the router

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    I find it difficult to believe that Windows 98se even heard of WPA, much less supports it.
     
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    I understand what you are saying, It would be a good place to start if I could just make a connection to the router
     

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    I thought the wifi adapter needed to support WPA, that the operating system was immaterial. But I could be wrong :(
     
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    Well, for Windows XP you need more than the basic XP (which is more advanced than 98se of course) and an appropriate wireless adapter. Copying from Set up the secure wireless network in Windows XP:

    "You will need any of the following:

    Windows XP SP 2

    Windows XP Service Pack 1 and HotFix 815485

    Other 3rd-party WPA supplicant"
     
  9. Macboatmaster

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    My good colleague TerryNet is correct.
    I never thought of that aspect
    TerryNet - One to you (y)
    I must have been :sleep: ing

    You certainly cannot use Windows Wireless configuration, as 98 did not cater for that
    Unless the Belkin driver provides the necessary changes then indeed WPA is not available

    See here for Belkin although not your exact model
    https://www.belkin.com/uk/support-article?articleNum=5400#ts2

    and here for all the info on the issue
    https://msfn.org/board/topic/175486-wpa2-for-windows-9x/

    That all said can you access the router when you set WEP as your screenshot shows no connection to router
    Have you tried typing IP of router in address bar
     
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    Tnx guys (y) for your help so far, since it is not going to be a simple solution I have ordered a new Hard drive and extra RAM and and will copy an image of this Hard drive onto it as I'm afraid if I mess with it to much could end up corrupting the system one way or other. Also, to install Windows xp (I think) may delete Microsoft Office and other programs I wish to keep so will report back next week.
     
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    The 1000$ question is as I asked
     
  12. DarkLight1

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    I apologies, I forgot to reply to your $1,000 question. Yes, I tried connecting to the router (198.168.0.1) directly from Explorer to no avail, I intended also to see if I could find a legacy version of Firefox but my gut feeling is I'll get the same result. But I shall look later on.
     
  13. DarkLight1

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    I'm sure back in the age of this Dinosaur, Microsoft technicians must have had a Manual for register editor functions and their value representations especially for Network communications. If I could find that Manual it may possibly help my cause. But again it is a long shot:rolleyes:
     

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    Question... when you connect with WEP... you can get connected to the router, and surf the internet but cannot get to 192.168.0.1?

    Are you sure that 192.168.0.1 is the correct gateway IP?
     
  15. Macboatmaster

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    Further to the above from my colleague Couriant

    He may be able to help more than me, as he has a knowledge of this issue greater than mine

    I notice that you have configured WPA2-PSK but with TKIP
    I thought WPA2 should be AES

    What is the router make and model and who is the ISP
     
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