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Looking at what I need to do in order to get a cable connection... the only sticking point (besides needing to get and install a NIC .. but that's not a problem) is this: "You will need your Operating System's Disk/CD (i.e. Windows 95, Macintosh 8.5, etc) during the time of installation. "

I'm pretty sure that the only copy of a windows CD I had (still in plastic, wrapped with the book) I either gave to someone or I gave them the registration code from it.
I don't really remember, and I have no idea where the hell it is if I do still have it.

Those of you who've gotten high speed cable stuff.... is that really all that important?

Oddly enough the system requirements aren't all that much. they require a pentium, 32mb of RAM, 510mb of hardrive space, a sound card, a video card, and a NIC or open USB port. That's it.
So by the end of the week, I plan on having ordered and have it in the works.

Last night I did a stupid thing in my game. I finally won the freakin race I was in, got the guy to join the gang, got some more training and then promptly DIED. WITHOUT SAVING AFTER THE RACE.
I distinctly remember reminding myself to save before I did anything else and that's exactly what I failed to do. grar.


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Dec. 9th, 2002 01:05 pm (UTC)
I am guessing the OS disk would have drivers you'd need to make the nic talk to the computer. What OS do you have installed now? I might be able to help one way or another. If (before you gave it up) you did a flat file copy of the install disk on your HD, that would work too for these types of things.
Dec. 9th, 2002 01:24 pm (UTC)
I think it's not actually drivers for the NIC, but Windows networking stuff that's not installed until you install a NIC. Drivers for the NIC will be on the CD that comes with it, but the Windows stuff won't. So yeah, you'll probably need a CD for the version of Windows that you have installed, but I'm sure some friendly LJ folks would hook you up if necessary. :)
Dec. 9th, 2002 01:19 pm (UTC)
1. Do you have a free USB port?
2. What OS are you using?
Dec. 9th, 2002 02:42 pm (UTC)
Seriously, you can just use one of the following items:

D-Link DSB-650TX 10/100 USB Ethernet Adapter $30 - $50
Linksys USB100M 10/100 USB 2.0 Ethernet Adapter $20 - $40

Or if you want to be a little more future-proof about it, get the USB 2.0 versions:
D-Link DUB-E100 10/100 2.0 USB Ethernet Adapter $32 - $65
Linksys 10/100 USB 2.0 Ethernet Adapter $?? may not be shipping yet

Don't worry - they're backward compatible with USB 1.x so you'll be able to use them with your existing stuff. Also, I personally prefer D-Link to Linksys for consumer networking stuff, but that's just me.

Try Outpost, Buy, Comp-U-Plus, or Computers 4 Sure for better price/availability/shipping options than Best Buy, etc.

Then tell me what OS you have and I'll burn the CD for you and overnight it. The Holly... she must have the broadband splendor.
Dec. 9th, 2002 03:40 pm (UTC)
Actually, the guy here installed a USB NIC when I got my cable modem. Major problem... Linux didn't like it. Worked much better when I used a real NIC.
Dec. 10th, 2002 08:12 am (UTC)
Normally I'd agree, but since Holly's PC is (as she says) kinda old, I'd rather just spare her the surgery for now. I mean think of it, imagine the havoc she could wreak with tiny screwdrivers! Panic in the streets, I tell you! And you've seen how she is with music... we don't want to plant seeds of case-modding in her mind, do we? HORRORS!
Dec. 10th, 2002 04:20 pm (UTC)
it's uh ... just a card isn't it?
I have an open slot and I know how to install a card.

If it actually requires... I dunno... taking a hacksaw to the case, then I might be in trouble...

hehe.. and how exactly *am* I with music?

Dec. 10th, 2002 04:36 pm (UTC)
A standard NIC is just a PCI card, yeah, but it also uses up resources on your PC that a USB device wouldn't, so the USB thing is quicker, easier, and less likely to cause conflicts. But it's up to you. Just make sure it's a 10/100 NIC (as opposed to one that just handles t-base 10 *or* 100) and the rest is your call.
Dec. 10th, 2002 05:55 pm (UTC)
I was just getting info. I don't really have any idea about these things... I've never had to learn.
Dec. 9th, 2002 08:33 pm (UTC)
1. I can make one free, if I disconnect my card reader. This is a pretty fucking old computer (well... you know) so...

ya know.. I started to say that there were 2 ports... but that can't be right because I have a usb printer, a usb scanner, and the usb card reader all hooked up right now. So now I have no clue how many ports there are.

Anyway, yeah... I could make one available, but I would prefer not to lose one of my devices.

2.win98 (ohhhh the shame)
Dec. 9th, 2002 02:18 pm (UTC)
it'll want the win network drivers. Fortunately these may already be on your drive if you've ever installed networking....

When it asks for a file just go browsing to c:\windows or c:\windows\system or c:\windows\system32 and you'll normally find all the bits you need. Or do a find for the file it needs. Of course getting the cd would be easier.
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