Windows 98 SE! Please help!

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Solid_Froggy

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Hey guys,

I recently got a free laptop from a friend. It's not top of the line or anything, but it will do what I want (browse the internet). It's operating system is Windows 98 and there is no CD drive. Problem I found is that in order to get a wireless connection, I need to get a USB Wireless Adapter (which I had to buy a PS/2 to USB adapter for). So I got everything set up, except my USB wireless adapter requires Windows 98 SE. So I go digging through my closet, find my Windows 98 SE CD, and realize the laptop has no CD drive, only a floppy drive (the story doesn't get much worse).

So now I am stuck with the problem, do I go buy an external CD drive to just install Windows 98 SE, or is there an easier way I can get past this without having to buy anything else? Maybe like putting all the files on the CD onto a jump drive and then running Setup.exe off that? I don't know, I'm not too bright with computers (if you couldn't tell already ;) ).

Thanks for all the help!
 
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Solid_Froggy said:
Hey guys,

I recently got a free laptop from a friend. It's not top of the line or anything, but it will do what I want (browse the internet). It's operating system is Windows 98 and there is no CD drive. Problem I found is that in order to get a wireless connection, I need to get a USB Wireless Adapter (which I had to buy a PS/2 to USB adapter for). So I got everything set up, except my USB wireless adapter requires Windows 98 SE. So I go digging through my closet, find my Windows 98 SE CD, and realize the laptop has no CD drive, only a floppy drive (the story doesn't get much worse).

So now I am stuck with the problem, do I go buy an external CD drive to just install Windows 98 SE, or is there an easier way I can get past this without having to buy anything else? Maybe like putting all the files on the CD onto a jump drive and then running Setup.exe off that? I don't know, I'm not too bright with computers (if you couldn't tell already ;) ).

Thanks for all the help!
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Hi... 99-1 you won't be able to run jumpdrive in win98...really the only feasible thing:
if you have access to a deksktop:
1. burn win98 disk to the desktop pc
2. remove laptop hard disk & slave it to desktop
3. copy 98 to laptop
4. once back in laptop, run setup.

Otherwise, i wouldn't spend any more money on it-- I'd wait a couple more weeks for: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFLJJw6WRqM more: http://chasblogspot.blogspot.com/2007/06/asusteks-asus-eee-701-video-with.html
 
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one other option:

you could edit(msdos.sys in order to install adapter driver, then change it back):

it's either in root drive or windows folder-- right-click, properties, untick 'read-only', then open in Notepad and:
put a ; in front of winver:4xxxxxxxx
& insert this new line below it: WinVer=4.10.2222, save, re-enable read only, install driver, change back.

That driver will really work if you update your win98 w/ this: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=72297

OORRR this: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=100090

Ironically, those updates will now allow you to use jumpdrive seamlessly.

I would subsequently then upgrade to SE & apply this: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=80800

Good Luck.
 

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I would suspect some problems connecting a USB network adapter to a computer using a PS/2 adapter. This laptop doesn't have USB ports? I'm sure someone with far more knowledge than I have about motherboard circuitry will jump in here. But if you connected a USB network adapter to a PS/2 port, that would be a keyboard/mouse port. I don't see how a network adapter is going to work with that.
 
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DoubleHelix said:
I would suspect some problems connecting a USB network adapter to a computer using a PS/2 adapter. This laptop doesn't have USB ports? I'm sure someone with far more knowledge than I have about motherboard circuitry will jump in here. But if you connected a USB network adapter to a PS/2 port, that would be a keyboard/mouse port. I don't see how a network adapter is going to work with that.
Good catch.....I think he meant PCI.....:p Those ps2 adapters shouldn't even be bought...they come w/ most mice & keyboards nowadays.....
 
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