I have an older (1997) IBM Thinkpad 385cd running Win98SE that I would like to connect to my wireless network. I picked up an inexpensive PCMCIA Cardbus but it won't slide all the way in either slot and I can see the sides of the card don't match the modem card that works.
Can any one tell me if I will be able to network this machine and what card will work.
I have a ThinkPad 380D running WinMe. I use a Belkin F5D6020 ver. 2 Wireless-B PCMCIA card and it works perfectly. My AP is a WRT54GS, which is Wireless-G, but I set it to mixed mode. My connection is a cable modem which runs at about 4700 on the desktop, and the ThinkPad gets about 3000 via the Belkin.
When I first got the Thinkpad, it had Win98 SE and I couldn't get any nic to work. I installed WinMe and it worked right away. If the Belkin doesn't work for you with Win98, you might want to try WinMe (Or some other OS).
I have 2 of those in the laptop pile. Old, but reliable. I use them once a year for ham radio field day logging using an old Orinoco Classic Silver Wi-Fi card. Works fine. |
Look carefully at what you bought. It's probably a "cardbus" type of card which is a 32 bit card. What you want is a "PCMCIA" or 16 bit card.
Just about anything that claims to be a 16 bit PCMCIA card. No "cardbus" 32 bit cards will fit or work. In general, most of 16 bit cards will be 802.11b instead of the faster 802.11g cards. You may have to buy a used card as they are a bit difficult to find. For example, of the 37 cards I found on TigerDirect, not one is a 16 bit card: |
|c:367|&Sort=0Whatever you buy, make sure it has Windoze 98SE drivers available. Many current cards do not support the older Windoze versions.