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  • twolazy
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    I believe Intel made 10/100 16 bit cards as well. And if I recall correctly, they use exactly the same cable as the xircoms. I know I have one somewhere, but I do not have the dongle...

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  • Pepinno
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    Originally posted by paul.brett View Post
    At least the Google homepage will render without script errors. But I know what you mean.
    I have recently used Seamonkey 1.1.19 with Windows 95, successfully. That is a 2010 Gecko HTML and javascript engine. Plus it comes with Mail and USENET client, HTML composser and a IRC client.

    Also, you can install NoScript version 1.1.4.3 (that version is light in memory consumption) which works great with that version of Seamonkey.

    For bonus points, get a copy of the "freebl3.dll" from here so you can connect to HTTPS sites without getting an error: http://toastytech.com/files/95browsing.html

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  • paul.brett
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    Originally posted by Pepinno View Post
    You call that an "upgrade"?
    At least the Google homepage will render without script errors. But I know what you mean.

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  • FireBox
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    CreditCard Ethernet

    Here is the "1u" ethernet card I have. Like someone said earlier the connector is pretty fragile.

    enthernet.jpg

    Matt

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  • Pepinno
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    Originally posted by paul.brett View Post
    First job, upgrade the standard IE 4 to IE 5.5 SP2.
    You call that an "upgrade"?

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  • paul.brett
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    So much neater....5000.jpg

    First job, upgrade the standard IE 4 to IE 5.5 SP2.

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  • paul.brett
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    I've bought a Xircom REM56G from Fleabay, and I'm awaiting its arrival (none-too-patiently).

    I will post an update on the progress when it arrives.

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  • RWallmow
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    Originally posted by Ole Juul View Post
    Interesting. However, I don't usually make suggestions like that without at least doing a quick net search. In this case this Cnet review says that computer does have USB. USB came out in about '94-5 and that laptop is dated 1997 according to Toshiba Europe which also says it has USB. Anyway, thanks for putting me right on that.
    The Toshiba he mentioned HAS a Cardbus slot, and hes using the Xircom Realport in it, he was asking about the Compaq LTE 5000, which is PCMCIA only, and NON-USB. Personally my old PCMCIA only laptops I stick a Cisco 350 card in them, it may only be 802.11b 11mbps, but its got drivers for just about everything, DOS and Win3.1 through Win7.

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  • Ole Juul
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    Originally posted by paul.brett View Post
    I got a couple of those, but as RWallmow pointed out, a laptop of this age does not have USB. Thanks for the idea though.
    Interesting. However, I don't usually make suggestions like that without at least doing a quick net search. In this case this Cnet review says that computer does have USB. USB came out in about '94-5 and that laptop is dated 1997 according to Toshiba Europe which also says it has USB. Anyway, thanks for putting me right on that.

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  • RWallmow
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    Originally posted by Pepinno View Post
    Which begs the question: did PCMCIA cards (16 bit) to-USB ever exist?
    This came up on another thread on this site, and the answer was no, no one thinks so, however I seemed to recall seeing one long in the past, and came up with a CF to USB card (CF being 16-bit PCMCIA) which MAY work, but it was so expensive no one wanted to try.

    Found the old thread (PCMCIA comes into play about half way through thread), it was about putting a PCMCIA USB card into an ISA to PCMCIA card to try to get USB in old 486.
    Last edited by RWallmow; March 23, 2012, 11:20 AM. Reason: LINK

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  • Pepinno
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    Originally posted by RWallmow View Post
    Except that's USB and if the computer in question doesn't have cardbus, it will certainly not have USB.
    Which begs the question: did PCMCIA cards (16 bit) to-USB ever exist?

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  • paul.brett
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    Originally posted by Ole Juul View Post
    Linksys USB100 is pretty small. I picked one up for 5 bucks but haven't tried it yet, so no recommendations except it looks cool. Looks like this. The little flap opens up so you can put your RJ45 connector in it.
    I got a couple of those, but as RWallmow pointed out, a laptop of this age does not have USB. Thanks for the idea though.

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  • paul.brett
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    I'm liking the idea of a non-Cardbus version of the Xircom. It seems I have to get a version with a model number REM and NOT RBEM, as the B means Cardbus. Thanks for the thoughts guys.
    Last edited by paul.brett; March 23, 2012, 07:21 AM. Reason: Spelling

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  • RWallmow
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    Originally posted by Ole Juul View Post
    Linksys USB100 is pretty small. I picked one up for 5 bucks but haven't tried it yet, so no recommendations except it looks cool. Looks like this. The little flap opens up so you can put your RJ45 connector in it.
    Except that's USB and if the computer in question doesn't have cardbus, it will certainly not have USB.

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  • Ole Juul
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    Linksys USB100 is pretty small. I picked one up for 5 bucks but haven't tried it yet, so no recommendations except it looks cool. Looks like this. The little flap opens up so you can put your RJ45 connector in it.

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