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  1. rubeckf

    rubeckf Thread Starter

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    a friend gave me a gateway 2500 to check over for her. She wants to be able to take it when she goes on trips. It doesn't have a wi fi card. Can anyone tell me the best place to look. It has windows 98 on it. It still has the original RAM of 32MB. I have ordered an additional 256. Anything additional that I should know about this would be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. TheShooter93

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    Buy a new laptop.

    Besides that, order a network adapter from online or buy one at a local retail store. Plug it in and see if it works. If not, go with the first bit of advice.
     
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    It's not very likely that you'll find any WiFi that has driver for 98. Besides that, it's a whole different world out there on the net now. Win98 will probably be overcome with infections in a few minutes on the internet.

    There are machines for less than $100 that would be far better than that one.
     
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    I tried to tell her this one was way too old. She still wants to keep it. I asked what she wanted to use it for and the answer I got was to take on trips. She has one at home. I will talk to her again today. Thanks for the replies.
     
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    having tried to do this a few years ago, when 98 was around more - its going to be difficult, if its not windows 98 SE then forget it completely - if she insists on wasting money on the PC and it does have windows 98SE there are some adapters that are supported on windows 98SE, however, I'm not sure what security protocol they will support - if any of the networks have WPA or higher security protocol - she still may not be able to connect to the wireless anyway

    heres a compatibility http://support.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1073/~/windows-adapter-card-compatiblity not sure if the drivers are still available - so its going to be a long road and possible a lot of money wasted and time
    then when she cannot connect to a hotel wireless due to security , even more frustration

    i had a friend who wanted to continue using 98 and in the end they got a new laptop cost £270 and they are over the moon with the performance and so glad they changed ... but it took the power adapter to break and the laptop not to start to make that decision

    have you already ordered the memory and certain it will work on the machine ?
    www.crucial.com have a good scanner
     
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    I saw the lady this a.m. Told her what you said. She still wants to keep it, but just for games. She wants more memory put in, I checked with Crucial and they don't have that memory. I finally ordered some from Kahlon. They say it will work on that computer. She says she has 2 other computers. Thanks for all the input. I know very little about one that old.
     
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    What kind of games does she want to play?

    99% of games out there won't be playable on Windows 98. And even if they were compatible with the OS, the hardware couldn't support them.
     
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    TheShooter93 does have a point about newer games on that computer.

    I have a Gateway Essential 667 desktop that came with 98SE (about 2000) and is about the same age. Changed the OS to XP Home and increased the RAM to 500 MB. Still works fine for older games, but had to stop using it for new games about 3 years ago as the onboard graphics card couldn't handle them. Could have gone to a PCI card that would work with the motherboard, but then would have needed to add a better power supply.
     
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    she mentioned some games that were older that she has on a disk. Also just the basic microsoft games. She doesn't want to play any newer things that need more of a graphic card.
     
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    Alright, then I think we're done here. (y)
     
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