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Old laptop, wireless?
« on: December 20, 2006, 01:56:19 AM »
My laptop was recently damaged beyond what I'm willing to pay for repair. It would be extremely unwise for me to spend *any* money on even a used one right now.  So, I did the only thing I could.  I apologized to the nice people on freecycle and then begged them for an unwanted laptop.  This is a temporary solution, which I expect to last only a few months.  Hence, my extreme cheapness.  :)

I was given an old Toshiba Satellite Pro 435CDS running Windows 98.  I can deal with this.  However, I'm moving into a building with free wireless internet, and I'd love to take advantage of this, even on a dinosauric machine.  The guy who gave me this mentioned that wireless would not be an option.  Can anyone confirm this or explain why not?  I'll settle, but if I can buy a wireless PCMCIA, that would make my pathetic week.

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Re: Old laptop, wireless?
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2006, 03:39:20 AM »
Do you have an available 32-bit PCMCIA slot?
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Re: Old laptop, wireless?
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2006, 11:40:23 AM »
It's 16-bit, I believe.  Aren't there 16-bit wireless cards?

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Re: Old laptop, wireless?
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2006, 11:49:49 AM »
Yes, there are 16-bit wireless cards.
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2006, 12:06:16 PM »
Hm.  Is there any reason I might not be able to use something like that?

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Re: Old laptop, wireless?
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2006, 12:14:14 PM »
Nope, you can, look here, click accessories.
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« Last Edit: December 20, 2006, 12:33:51 PM by happyfaces »

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Re: Old laptop, wireless?
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2006, 12:34:25 PM »
It should if it is a legit seller and you trust him.

[edit]And he is, atleast that is what I think from user opinions.[/edit]
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2006, 01:48:10 PM »
How about USB?  Is that possible?

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Re: Old laptop, wireless?
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2006, 01:49:53 PM »
A USB wireless adapter is possible, and easy to fit, but a internal wireless card like the one suggested by fffreak would be neater and probably better.
I'd say go with the internal one unless you have a reason to go with USB instead.