Windows 98 Serv. Pack Or SE?

rohopish

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Jan 12, 2006
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Hey there everyone!

I'm trying to install a D-Link wireless adapter on an older laptop so that it can get onto the internet (it doesn't have an ethernet port; 32 MB of RAM, Win 98 FIRST EDITION, etc., very slow...). Problem is, it won't install because the drivers, updates, etc. whatever (this is what the guy at D-Link told me) aren't up to date enough for something as new as the product I'm trying to use. So, what I wanted to know (because I'm not that good with Windows anymore, I've been using alot of Macs lately, but I love them both equally! =) ) is should I download the service pack for 98 FIRST EDITION or somehow find a copy of WIN 98 SE? I read somewhere that by doing all the updates for Win 98 F.E., it'll be really similar to 98 SE.

Please note: as you make have guessed, this laptop has no internet access, so whatever I use off of this macintosh will have to be burnt to cd so I can tranfer it to the laptop and install, etc. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!!!

P.S. I can't find that service pack anywhere and Microsoft won't download it easily to me because I'm on a Mac (pas de "Automatic Update lol)

Bobby
 

erikamsterdam

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and what are you going to do on the internet with that thing?
No webpage will load anymore with 32Mb of RAM. Any Flash or Java will kill it.
I am sorry, but you are wasting your time, hope you realize that or realize it now :p
Also note that Win98SE has a critical security hole that will not be fixed anymore. Was just in the news couple of days ago.
 

rohopish

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Well, I'll Try

I'll try to get a copy of 98 SE if possible, and if not, I'll just take the card back. :( I'm only using this laptop for school anyway.
 

erikamsterdam

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7on said:
Try Ubuntu? couldn't hurt :)
Oh yes, that will hurt badly with 32Mb RAM. There is no way you can run a modern GUI on that. No KDE or Gnome. So then you have Midnight commander and a text editor, not very useful for school work.
I had KDE on a PII 350Mhz with lots of RAM and that was even sluggish.
 

Fleetwood Mac

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You could probably get a better laptop for the amount you paid for the card. :p

Seriously though, the machine I used for school eight years ago had 256mb ram......
 

rohopish

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Hehe

Well, I returned the card and said **** it! haha, anyway, in august I'm buying a MacBook Pro. This isn't my laptop; just my neighbor's, and she doesn't use it anymore and since my classes involve about 20 pages of notes per school day, i prefer to type it up =D But hey, thanks so much you guys for your help. You guys are great! :)

My desktop is a Mac Mini with 1 GB of RAM, 100 GB HD, but I need a laptop! Now I just have to decide between the MB or MBP.... alas, that is for another thread! :D Thanks again guys...

-Bobby =)
 

Nermal

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Going from 98 to 98 SE was not a free upgrade, but it was cheap. I think I paid around $20 for it when it first came out, I have no idea whether I still have the CD though.
 

im_to_hyper

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I have two Windows 98 SE CDs, maybe OEM, who knows. If they are, I would have to give you a stick of RAM with them or something. :rolleyes:

Also: Windows 2000 is much more stable with only 32MB RAM than Windows 98. It is slower, but runs much better.
 

7on

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erikamsterdam said:
Oh yes, that will hurt badly with 32Mb RAM. There is no way you can run a modern GUI on that. No KDE or Gnome. So then you have Midnight commander and a text editor, not very useful for school work.
I had KDE on a PII 350Mhz with lots of RAM and that was even sluggish.
Whatever, I used KDE with 8megs of RAM. Wasn't that bad, you're just a pansy :p