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Old 07-11-2006, 06:52 PM   #1
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Need to buy a 802.11g card for DSL


I picked up an old laptop that's rather weak (I think 233 MHz, 32 MB RAM). I'm looking for a small distro that will be just enough to run a web browser, and hopefully quickly. I suspect DSL is my best bet.

But there's a problem. The laptop doesn't have ethernet, and thus I need to use wireless. I need another wireless card, and have a Best Buy gift card. Can anyone confirm if any of the cards they sell are natively supported by DSL?
 
Old 07-11-2006, 07:20 PM   #2
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Better check the pcmcia card slot first. Need to check to see if it is a 16bit creditcard or 32bit pc card slot. Here is some info on the differences. http://www.pcmcia.org/faq.htm

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Old 07-11-2006, 11:49 PM   #3
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Good point on PCMCIA vs Cardbus. A couple of points to consider, though -- you're not necessarily restricted to wireless if you can find a PCMCIA ethernet adapter; also, while DSL is a great small distro, you may also want to look into VectorLinux as it also works very well on older hardware.
 
Old 07-12-2006, 01:30 AM   #4
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This may help - http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/i...Wireless_Cards . ndiswrapper is also installed by default in dsl which makes life easier.
 
Old 07-12-2006, 05:22 PM   #5
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Quote:
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This may help - http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/i...Wireless_Cards . ndiswrapper is also installed by default in dsl which makes life easier.
Excellent. That's exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks!
 
  


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