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Do I need 98SE for USB wireless adapter?

Hi Experts,
I recently purchased a used Panasonic CF-27 Toughbook running Windows 98.  I'm using it for a specific purpose that includes utilizing the Generic Text-Only print driver, so I need to keep it at 98.  The unit does not have a CD-rom drive but it does have a USB port.  Must I upgrade to Win98SE in order for a USB wireless adapter to work?  I have downloaded and installed all the Windows Updates for the unit and it is running IE6.

Thanks!
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blue_zeeCommented:

You must check the with the hardware (wireless adapter) manufacturer.

Did you try their website?

Do you know the model and brand name of the wireless adapter?

That could help locate its system requirements and if they have drivers for Win98.

Zee
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NatspapAuthor Commented:
Actually, I've been trying to find a USB wireless adapter that runs on 98 (not 98SE) but every one I've looked at needs SE.  Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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For-SoftCommented:
It's up to hardware manufacturer to provide client with drivers working with the hardware. It is possible to use an USB device with Windows 95 or early 98. But the drivers have to be designed to work with the older Windows wersions.
Since, older Windows versions have less USB support than 98SE, the driver for older windows 98 has to be much more complicated than for Windows 98SE. Not many hardware manufacturers are willing to make such drivers.

A PCMCIA wireless device will be a much better choice, because your computer has two PCMCIA slots.
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blue_zeeCommented:

First get hold of these USB general purpose drivers for removable drives (flash/pen drives):

http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/drivers/nusb22e.exe

DON'T run the file (it's supposed to be for Win98SE only, but it isn't).

Instead create a new folder called USB drivers , and use Winzip to extract the contents of nusb22e.exe to that folder.

When you plugin an USB flash/pen drive and it asks for drivers, point the wizard to that folder.

The above may be OT, but can be useful for you.

Wireless router: picked up this one but don't know if it fits your purpose:

http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C2&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1138056788757&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper

If you read the data sheet and scroll down it requires Windows 98.

Linksys has other products that may be appropriate but it will take some time looking around and analysing its system requirements:

http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C1&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1118181591233&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper

I hope the above is useful.

Good luck,

Zee
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FriarTukCommented:
chances are you won't find a wireless usb nic for 98se or lower as they are supported

i had a dlink that stated it supports 98se but i couldn't get it to work.  i called dlink & they said it would only work on xp (which contradicts the manual).

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=240075  (fix for 98se only)
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gonzal13RetiredCommented:
You can get Win98SE on Ebay for about 35 dollars.

gonzal13(joe)
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NatspapAuthor Commented:
I'd consider upgrading to SE but I have no CD-ROM drive.  Any suggestions?
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blue_zeeCommented:

First be aware that Win98SE will not upgrade from Win98 First Edition!

You will need a format and install from scratch.

You can use a flash/pen drive to copy the Win98 (or Win 9x?) folder from the CD to the HDD and run setup directly from the HDD (in the Win98 or 9x folder).

Zee
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For-SoftCommented:
Interesting.
I was able to update Windows 95 to 98SE directly. Is there any reason for an update from 98 to 98SE not to be possible?
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blue_zeeCommented:

Win98 to 98SE is not an upgrade path.

But Win 95 is.

But you can workaround it if you don't want to format the HDD...
;-)

Start the PC with a bootdisk and type this at the A:\ prompt:

REN C:\WINDOWS\WIN.COM WIN.OLD

Install after renaming and it will "upgrade".

Cheers,

Zee
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For-SoftCommented:
Well. This is exacltly the same way I've upgraded Windows 95 to Windows 98SE.
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blue_zeeCommented:

You shouldn't have needed it unless you were installing an OEM version.

The full or upgrade CD should install without the workaround.

But that was so many years ago... and there were so many CD versions, that any combination may be possible.

Zee
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NatspapAuthor Commented:
Thanks Zee.  I decided that instead of wasting time trying to get wireless to work with 98 that I'd upgrade to SE using the method you describe.  I know there's no guarantee that it will work with SE either, but I figure I've at least got a shot.  Your links to the USB drivers will come in handy also.
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blue_zeeCommented:

Thank you.

Best of luck with your "upgrade".

If you have any problems, do post back.

Cheers,

Zee
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