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Toshiba Libretto file transfer quandry

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    #16
    I am completely out of my league at this web site

    However, I am in need of help and you guys seem like you might be able to send me in the right direction.

    My Sony laptop recently died. I was visiting the graveyard of my old computers in the attic and I came upon my beloved Toshiba Libretto 50 CT that runs Windows 95.

    I would love to have it reconfigured so that I have WiFi to surf the net instead of the dial-up modem card that fits into its single slot.

    It has only 1 slot which attaches to an external floppy disk drive. There is no USB port.

    I want it for travel to check my email, surf the Internet, and to use word, excel and powerpoint.

    I have never loved a computer like I love this little Libretto. Can someone bring it into the 21st Century so I can use it? I am unhandy and would be happy to pay someone to make it work. Is it possible?

    Please email debragussman@juno.com if you have any suggestions.

    Thanks, Deb

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      #17
      If it has a USB port on the back like my old toshiba 4200, you could run a wireless adaptor like i did,untill my monitor broke.lol

      So wireless is an option if you have a wireless router of course.

      another option USB Pen Data Stick.?

      Steve

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        #18
        Originally posted by dgussman View Post
        It has only 1 slot which attaches to an external floppy disk drive. There is no USB port.
        Originally posted by steveuk View Post
        If it has a USB port on the back like my old toshiba 4200, you could run a wireless adaptor like i did,untill my monitor broke.lol

        So wireless is an option if you have a wireless router of course.

        another option USB Pen Data Stick.?

        Steve
        Neither of those are viable options.

        I don't know if it's possible or not, but I don't think it is.

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          #19
          Originally posted by TroyW View Post
          Neither of those are viable options.

          I don't know if it's possible or not, but I don't think it is.
          oh well worth a try i guess.lol

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            #20
            I'm confused: there's a modem and a disk drive each plugged into the single slot?

            Assuming the modem is plugged into a PCMCIA slot, you could probably replace it with a wireless card, although you'd probably have trouble finding a W95 driver. There were cards with W98 drivers if you can upgrade, but the bottom line is pretty iffy.

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              #21
              If you read really carefully, it says, "There is no USB port."

              If you have a slot that takes a modem, then you could pull the modem and use a wireless adapter. Although I'm not that familiar with the unit, Vint says above that it has a PCMCIA slot, so, that would work. Someone must make a single slot height wireless.

              You might want to carry the modem for places that don't have network access and, if you can find one, a Ethernet card for places that have "jack-in" network, but no wireless. I seem to recall some manufacturers making single height Ethernet adapters.

              You will, most likely, have to upgrade the OS to 98SE or something.
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                #22
                Didn't I just say that? Musta crossed in cyberspace...

                I've got some single-height PCMCIA 10Base-T and wireless cards that have W98 drivers, but I haven't actually tried the wireless yet with W98.
                Last edited by MikeS; August 10, 2008, 07:18 PM.

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by MikeS View Post
                  Didn't I just say that? Musta crossed in cyberspace...
                  Yeah, I was typing slowly because I know you guys don't read too fast LOL
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                    #24
                    Originally posted by dgussman View Post
                    However, I am in need of help and you guys seem like you might be able to send me in the right direction. . . .I came upon my beloved Toshiba Libretto 50 CT that runs Windows 95. I would love to have it reconfigured so that I have WiFi to surf the net instead of the dial-up modem card that fits into its single slot.
                    I'll try to help 'some' here - but I don't know 'wireless' and I avoid it like the plague, but that's just me Here is the information I can supply:

                    My Toshiba Libretto CT50 is happy with any type I/II 5 volt PC card in it's PCMCIA slot.
                    I'm currently using this setup - a Sandisk PC card to Compact Flash adapter which I bought for like $3.50. I inserted a 64 meg CF card into it and I use this setup to transfer files to/from my Libretto.



                    Here is a link to a $80. new ($50. used), Wireless CF card that I think will fit the Sandisk adapter without clearance problems, - only trying the fit would tell. Whether it'll work for what you want, I don't know. There's quite a bit of blurb at this link to help you with a decision - plus what the guys here at VCF can tell you.

                    http://www.amazon.com/Linksys-WCF11-.../dp/B00005U1B5
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                      #25
                      Before you buy it, make sure Linksys has a driver for your machine and OS. as far as fitting, it looks like it would fit like a glove-- but may not leave clearance for a second card (second slot there?). This has been my biggest problem with wireless and win95.

                      You sure have come a long way with this Libretto, kudos! Working with Toshibas, they're a joy (most of the time).

                      Nathan
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                        #26
                        Originally posted by Vint View Post
                        I received the Libretto 50CT I'd been waiting on. I ordered a Sandisk Compact Flash to PCMCIA card adapter off Amazon for like $3.50 and transferring files is now a breeze. My main PC has a card reader for the Compact Flash unit and this allows me to read and write files to the Libretto easily going thru the PC card slot.

                        I now have a new question for anyone that might have worked with these Compact Flash cards before. Specifically, I'm wondering if there is a limit to the size of CF card I can use with this Libretto CT50 that is running Win 95?
                        It seems to me I read that I have a 512k limit here - but for the life of me I can't find where I read that. Anybody have that info? I scoured around but haven't run across any mention of a limit on the CF size.
                        As you've already stumbled onto the answer to your original question, I'll just confirm that the CF card<-->PCMCIA adapter is the best solution I found for the problem. As for capacity, I don't think it'll recognize a 2Gb, or even 1Gb card (I could be wrong). The card I used was a 256Kb, so I do know that one works.

                        Sorry to hear that you don't like wireless though (it's really simpler than you think). That was one of my Libretto's most endearing qualities - the ability to wander around with it while on the Net, etc. a feat that is much more difficult or even impossible with a larger laptop. You really ought to look into that angle, I'm sure you'll love it.

                        --T
                        Last edited by Terry Yager; August 11, 2008, 11:36 PM.
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                          #27
                          The CT 50 has it's modem built in.

                          As for networking, if you have wireless, I recommend a Cisco 340 wireless card, since I know it to work with the Libretto. I never did have any luck getting IE or Firefox to work with W95, but I used OffByOne browser and it worked just fine for me. YMMV, etc, etc.

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                            #28
                            Anyone ever wonder, after all these informative posts, if the sub-OP will ever be back to read them?
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                              #29
                              Concerning wireless -

                              Thanks for your input Terry.
                              Since I do put a lot of credence is what is stated in the forums, I will have a look into the wireless world. You can teach an old dog new tricks and maybe I've been a little closed minded concerning wireless.
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                                #30
                                You seem to have a pretty good grasp on PCMCIA, so I figger you can master wireless in no time. IMO, it's less complicated.

                                --T
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