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any computer experts could do with some help, going to be a long one sorry

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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
i have a very very old laptop i want to give my brother and set up wireless he's only 8 and it prob wont last long , ive never used the laptop as it was given to me this is the laptop spec from what i know

Pentium II 233MHz, 80Mb RAM, 3.2Gb Hard Disk, CD-Rom, Floppy

13" 1024x768 Screen, 10/100Mb PCMCIA Network Card, USB, VGA Out,

2 x PCMCIA slots, Parallel and Serial Out

the thing is it has Vector Linux v5.0 Lite Installed on it which i dont understand one bit, i have a d-link router so does my mum and i got a usb thing to connect a laptop to the wireless connection (i got it with the router) now i plug the usb in doesnt do anything cant find the usb drive so i thought i'll put the cd in to see if i need the software on the laptop, i put the cd mount it, now i can see the files on the cd but it wont play the cd for some reason, it doesnt say anything on the laptop (no error problems) just sound like the cd is about to play but doesnt do anything after that, anyone how to get it to work, or even how to get an old version of windows on there

thanks in advance
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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1 Like #1
You might need to download linux drivers from the website of the company who makes the USB stick... I dont know much about linux tbh
#2
I don't think you have enough memory to run a Wireless Adaptor to be honest...
1 Like #3
First of all, it appears that the CD contains drivers for Windows. Linux use their own drivers. If you go to the manufacturer of the USB wifi adapter you may find the Linux drivers for your device but unfortunately Vector Linux is not well supported.

The amount of memory is not an issue, by the way.

Now if you want an old version of Windows then the specifications of the laptop suggests that Windows 98 or earlier would be suitable but again, drivers will almost certainly be an issue. You are highly unlikely to find Windows 98 or earlier drivers for wifi adapters.

Your best bet is to try another version of Linux that has more driver support such as Red Hat 5 or Fedora. I know DLink to provide driver support for these versions of Linux.
#4
d link modle is DIR - 301 which would you say is the best linux to use?
1 Like #5
kubuntu would be a good choice for that laptop in terms of usability and ease of driver installation.
#6
thanks i'll give that one a go then
#7
cant find any driver on the dlink website for any linux
#8
if anyone could find me a linux i can use and a diver for my dlink to go with it would be a big help ive tried but havent got a clue
#9
or where could i get windows 98 from?
#10
wow that pc can eeeeasily run crysis

yus786
#11
babyxxxxx
d link modle is DIR - 301 which would you say is the best linux to use?


DLink don't appear to have a DIR-301 although they have a DIR-130 router. However, that is a router and does not require the drivers. If you can supply the model number of the wifi adapter I may be able to locate drivers.

Kubuntu is not supported officially by DLink, by the way and installing Windows 98 is academic as DLink do not have Windows 98 drivers for their products.
#12
Considering it's a pentium II you're lucky it's got USB ports and I'd imagine they're 1.1 only. Do wireless network adapters need USB 2 speeds?

Kubuntu requires 256mb of ram so that's out. Xubuntu only wants 64MB so that might work, or you could try something like DSL which has 16MB of memory as it's minimum requirement.
#13
sorry its a 300 not 301
#14
Dir - 300
#15
EndlessWaves
Considering it's a pentium II you're lucky it's got USB ports and I'd imagine they're 1.1 only. Do wireless network adapters need USB 2 speeds?


i havent got a clue i dont know much about computers
#16
EndlessWaves
Considering it's a pentium II you're lucky it's got USB ports and I'd imagine they're 1.1 only. Do wireless network adapters need USB 2 speeds?


USB 1.1 is forwardly compatible with USB 2.0 but has a theoretical maximum of 1.5 mbps at low speed and 12 mbps at full speed. Consequently, internet access that is rated higher than these speeds are throttled by the bandwidth of the USB 1.1 interface so if a USB 1.1 low speed device is used, then 8 mbps broadband would only be transmitted to the computer at a maximum of 1.5 mbps.
#17
babyxxxxx
Dir - 300


What about the model number of the USB adapter? That is the one that requires drivers. I'm afraid it will be a long hard slog to get it all working though as you will need to install a new version of Linux and for somebody to be unfamiliar with Linux the file structure, installation will not be totally pain-free. Furthermore, there may not even be Linux drivers for your particular model.
#18
babyxxxxx
Dir - 300


Ah your USB wifi adapter must be DWA 111 model number. Unfortunately the drivers are only available for Windows 2000, Windows XP and MAC OS. DLink do not officially provide support for Linux although that is not to say Linux drivers aren't out there. Windows 2000 would run OK on your laptop so if you can procure a copy you will be able to install the software that is on the CD.
#19
ElliottC
Ah your USB wifi adapter must be DWA 111 model number. Unfortunately the drivers are only available for Windows 2000, Windows XP and MAC OS. DLink do not officially provide support for Linux although that is not to say Linux drivers aren't out there. Windows 2000 would run OK on your laptop so if you can procure a copy you will be able to install the software that is on the CD.


ok thanks you so much
1 Like #20
i put xp on a same spec laptop that i gave away once, the lad is still using it 2 years later runs fine on 64mb ram with a wireless stick in.

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