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Can't Connect Windows 98 SE PC to Internet

I have a Windows 98 SE PC with a Realtek Wireless LAN adapter. The driver is installed correctly and the Realtek software shows an excellent connection to the wireless router. My problem is that I can't connect to the Internet. I've tried specifying the IP address, Gateway and DNS addresses manually but no joy. I need to use 98 since the purpose of this machine is to download TRS-80 disk images from the Internet and create real TRS-80 5.25" floppies from them. I can create the floppies but can't get to the Internet to download the images. I can't use ME, XP or above since they don't work so well with the floppies. Can anyone help? TIA

Tom L
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  1. In the window 98 times wireless wasn't integrated in to windows.
    Why not try:
    VMWare workstation with Win98 VM and usb floppy drive?
  2. Use a different(win 7) computer to download the files, and put them on a shared folder that can be seen from the 98 computer, or burn them to a cd. You only really need the 98 computer to create the floppies.
  3. kajjot said:
    In the window 98 times wireless wasn't integrated in to windows.
    Why not try:
    VMWare workstation with Win98 VM and usb floppy drive?


    I'd do that if I could find a 5.25" USB floppy drive! You wouldn't happen to know of one, would you?

    Tom L
  4. ss202sl said:
    Use a different(win 7) computer to download the files, and put them on a shared folder that can be seen from the 98 computer, or burn them to a cd. You only really need the 98 computer to create the floppies.


    I didn't mention it but the Win 98 PC can't see any other computer on the network, either.
  5. Burn the files to CD or DVD to get them into the 98 machine. or use a thumb drive.
  6. There is a good chance your Win98 box does not support encryptin settings from your WiFi. Try to disable security for a while, and see whether you can connect.
  7. I would also check and see if your wifi has MAC filtering setup in the security. If not I would go with Alabalacho and bet on the encryption.
  8. Best answer
    Solved. I don't know why but the wired adapter was getting the DHCP addresses instead of the wireless adapter even though the wired adapter isn't connected to anything. When I disabled the wired adapter and refreshed the IP address, the wireless adapter started working. Now if only I could find a more up-to-date browser than IE 6 so I could use all the newer Websites....

    <Update>
    OK, I did find one! There's a version of Opera that runs on 98 and has complete modern browser capability. My life is complete!
    (I lead a quiet life!)

    A big THANK YOU to all who responded!
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