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setting up wireless network for IBM 600X Laptop

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I have a wireless network setup at home using G and I am looking at purchasing an IBM 600X Laptop for $180.  I am using Sprint DSL.  The laptop has windows 98 with 256 MB of ram,  11GB Hard drive, 500Mhz P3 proccessor.  It has 2) Type-II (1) Type-III PCMCIA Slots.  I have a couple of questions:

1.) Is the laptop worth $180?
2.) Do you have any suggestions on a card to put into the Type-III PCMCIA slots?
3.) Is windows 98 okay to work with DSL and G.  Should I upgrade the laptop to XP?
4.) Do you see any performance issues that would be caused by the laptop being so old.

My initial thought is to keep the laptop as light as possible.  I only plan to use this laptop for MSMoney, The internet and the normal Office products.  Thanks for your help.
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1. Yes if it boots and the screen is 'ok' its worth it.

2. Yes this will work with your laptop and its under $100

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=33-122-052&depa=0

3. That's up to you. My wife's laptop is running Win95 with a 802.11b card with no problems. Personally I would load Windows 2000 on. XP is nice for the wireless netwroking built in (sorta) but with the hardware I would stick with W2K, just for stability.

4. Nah... Like I said, I would get an OEM of W2K myself. XP would be bogged down with the MS Office suite (Well depending on which ver you choose)

Hope this info helps you out.

Marakush
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I have had PIII 500Mhz Laptops with 256Mb Ram running XP fine,  on both laptops and desktops I always find if it will run 2000 it will run XP better but you might want to disable all the visual effects, I can give them to you if you need them.

I have found that 2000 is a bit of a dog when it comes to performance.
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