The problem is basically as the title stated. I have a Compaq Presario PC from the late 90s running Windows 98 Second Edition. It was handed down so I'm not exactly sure what it went through in its original years. I'm trying to get it to network one way or another now. I have USB support working, so I can plug in flash drives, which is nice, but I'd like to use the NIC and/or a modem with it.
I tried using the original Compaq 56k internal modem but could not get it work. I spent hours trying. I would get "Could not connect to COM port" when doing modem diagnostics (it was on COM2). HyperTerminal would throw errors too.
Didn't have a NIC so I installed a DAVICON 9102 10/100 Mbps network adapter from a Dell Dimension 8200 running a corrupted installation of Windows XP. The light on the NIC lights up when the computer is on (and both if a cable is plugged in) but nowhere in the computer can I get network or Internet access. Yes, I played with the firewall settings.
I recently got an external US Robotics 5686E modem to see if that would work more seamlessly. Plugged it in, didn't work. The modem is in perfect condition. When I try doing diagnostics I see lights on the modem flickering but the computer hangs and then says could not communicate with modem. Yes, proper drivers were installed.
Oh, also, before that I installed the modem that was on that aforementioned Dell computer and that also didn't work, even with the proper drivers installed.
Someone suggested possibly Windows needs to be repaired using the upgrade disc. I suppose that's plausible, but I'd like to pinpoint the actual cause of the issues. I reinstalled the USR modem numerous times before realizing that was going nowhere.
If it helps, after I installed the NIC/internal Dell modem (I installed at the same time so not sure which) I now get some kind of network error upon each boot that says something like "NDISHLP.SYS not found". Not sure if this is related or not. Seems to be a possible NIC issue but not sure why that would be affecting the computer's ability to communicate with internal and external modems. Here is what I get from that:
C:\>C:\WINDOWS\net start Invalid value for binding specified Invalid value for binding specified Error loading device driver NDISHLP.SYS. Error 7323: One or more network transport drivers failed to load. C:\> C:\> C:\> C:\>PATH=C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND;"C:\Program Files\Mts" C:\>
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Yesterday, I burned a retail Windows 98 SE disc and used that to run "sfc", and I also manually re-copied over NDISHLP.SYS - I now have all the stuff I was told I need except for the LANMAN directory and protocol.ini and the elink thing, both pertinent to the NIC. I also removed the two Ndis2 adapters in Device Manager with yellow exclamation points. When trying to update driver it said most recent driver is already installed, and if reinstalled it doesn't change at all. However, the modem is still NOT working.
Ignoring the NIC, for the present, the computer is still not communicating with the modem. The modem works, and lights DO light up when I click "More info" in Diagnostics.
Upon boot, I no longer see "The network resource cannot be found", I just see this now:
C:\>rem - By Windows 98 Network - C:\WINDOWS\net start C:\> C:\> C:\> C:\>PATH=C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND;"C:\Program Files\Mts"