Help with wireless adapter

Got a Sony notebook which doesn't have a cd drive or a wireless card. I bought a wireless dongle adapter thingy plugged it in but of course it needs a driver how can i get one I have the driver on cd that came with it but no drive. I know I can go online and download one but can't get online without the dongle - catch 22. is there any other way i can do this?

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ethernet cable?

Original Poster

Doesn't have ethernet port either

usb cdrom drive?

Get a friend to copy the driver disk to a USB Pen/flashdrive or borrow a external CD/DVD drive to load the drivers .TBH ,I dont know why you'd be without one , do you not install programs etc ??................ you musn't .
Go on line ,as you suggest .....................most wireless routers have a network socket [my BT router has 2] and are suplied with the cable . Plug it into the socket of both the router and notebook and you'll have the net to download the driver .
Next time your in the highstreet , go and buy a external DVD/CD drive . You will need a one sometime.

ps .just read ..................doesn't have a ethernet port . WHAT !
change the above .............next time your in the highstreet , go buy a new notebook :-)

bluetooth

buy a cheap flashdrive , download the driver on the machine you're on now (or copy it from the cd) and put it on the flashdrive

Hi,
Very simple!

Take your Cd that came with the wireless dongle along with a USB memory stick to your mates house (You know the one, the one with the all singing, all dancing PC!!!!)
Get him to copy all teh files that are on the CD to the memory stick.

Boot the laptop, plug the memory stick into the USB port - navigate to the folder you used to save the files from the cd, run the set up program.


OH wait !!!!!

If your laptop does not have an ethernet port, does not have a CD drive - It probably doesn't have a USB port
Even more importantly, even if it has, you probably need to have a drive for it to find the USB memory stick!!! LOL

Seriously, what make and model of laptop is it, What operating system does it have.
Once we know these things we can help you further.

Regards,

John

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wolf359;7824030

buy a cheap flashdrive , download the driver on the machine you're on now … buy a cheap flashdrive , download the driver on the machine you're on now (or copy it from the cd) and put it on the flashdrive



I was gonna say that! :-D

Original Poster

it has a usb port thats where i plug the dongle in - by flash drive do you mean usb memory stick? OS is windows 98

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pipsqueak;7824237

it has a usb port thats where i plug the dongle in - by flash drive do … it has a usb port thats where i plug the dongle in - by flash drive do you mean usb memory stick? OS is windows 98



another issue, windows98 doesnt support any usb flash drives without a driver for that specific one, i think we are going to find a lot of issues here....:x

borrow an external cd drive?

Hi,

Does it have a floppy disc drive? If so, you could copy the driver for a USB memory stick on a floppy disc, load the driver into the laptop, then connect the memory stick and load the driver for the USB dongle.

Another way would be to take the hard drive out of the laptop, connect it to another PC, transfer the driver that way.

To be honest, maybe you would be better off getting some one else to get the USB dongle working for you, or even ditching this laptop and getting a newer one - it would be faster, with less problems with needing drivers to do anything , and would undoubtably have more hard disc space!

Regards,

John

does the wifi dongle even support 98?

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wolf359;7825794

does the wifi dongle even support 98?



save a lot of time if it didnt :whistling:

a quick look around at wireless adaptors, the oldest OS some support is win98se, many dont go back that far
wolf359 might have hit the nail on the head, I for one didnt think of it
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