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Old 07-15-2006, 06:20 AM   #1
BobNutfield
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Satellite Pro 4200 and wireless, suggestions?


Hi Everyone,

I know this type of thread gets beaten to death, but I just wondered if anyone has had any specific experience with this old laptop. It is a PIII 500mz with 128mb mem and currently has Win2000 Pro installed. The laptop is incredibly slow to boot (tons of spyware and viruses removed but probably still leaving their mark.) I plan on dumping Windows and going for a Linux distro which is faily lightweight. I know there are a number I can use, so choosing a distro is not really a problem.

My question is this: Oddly, this laptop (2001 vintage) does not have an ethernet port. I have been able to use the usb port with a realtek usb adapter to my router in Windows. Since there is no ethernet port, I would like to use a wireless connection to my Belkin router. Belkin support (at least in their wireless cards) for Linux is really bad. So, before I wipe the hard drive, has anyone ever had really good success with a specific wireless pcmia card in Linux? Further, can anyone recommend a pcmia wireless card/linux distro combination for this old laptop? I have used a number of Live cd distros with this laptop, and except for the really memory intensive ones, they all seem to work fine. This laptop will be my workhorse I will carry around with me but will be useless if I can't get online.

Anyone with any ideas? Any help very much appreciated.

Bob
 
Old 07-16-2006, 03:01 PM   #2
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This is the gold card, the silver cards work good too;
http://cgi.ebay.com/ORiNOCO-Wireless...QQcmdZViewItem
 
Old 07-17-2006, 02:36 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. Too bad you only ship in the US.

Bob
 
Old 07-17-2006, 04:21 PM   #4
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I am not selling it, just a suggestion;
here this is for the UK;
http://computers.search.ebay.co.uk/o...Z1QQsofocusZbs
 
Old 07-17-2006, 04:41 PM   #5
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Thank-you, comprookie2000...very kind of you to take the time to post that.

Regards

Bob
 
  


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