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    Connecting PCs (for a LAN party)

    I have a laptop with Windows 98 on it. 192mb RAM and a 10GB HDD. One of my friends invited me over to his house for a LAN party (to play CS and Age of Empires, maybe) and I was wondering if I could:

    1. Run into networking problems because of the OS
    2. Not be able to play (because of the OS)
    3. Do something to boost the laptop's performance

    Also, the laptop's OS has not been updated for a long time... Since it has only a dial-up connection I realize that it may take ages for me to get the required updates... So I was wondering if I could run the Windows update check (from the MS site) on the laptop and then download the updates from my PC (which has cable internet).

    Is there an easier way to do the above than to write down the update names and then download from msdn?

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    http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/...735/18735.html

    Try that about the updates.

    Now for the networking, you never said what OS you'd be networking it to. If it is XP, as long as you run the proper setup, using a router, Hub, or even a switch, you shouldn't have any issues.. that said, you might.

    Check the TZ thread:

    http://www.techzonez.com/forums/show...ght=networking

    for a site for the proper procedure.

    Use this site:

    http://www.duxcw.com/faq/network/xprouter98.htm

    for XP and 98 with a router.

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    Thanks BB. There will be 3 computers: one laptop (windows 98) laptop #2 (running xp prolly) and a PC (windows xp)

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    Can someone tell me how exactly we may have to go about with the setting up of computers for this proposed lan party?

    Here are the details of what we are going to use:

    1. Laptop with Windows 98 SE (128mb RAM, 10gb HDD, 700MHz)
    2. Laptop with XP Home/2000
    3. PC with XP (not sure if it's home or pro)
    4. The dude who's place we're playing at has a hub
    5. Will be playing CS and Age of Empires

    I have this feeling that my laptop will screw up the fun, for some reason or the other... and to add- my drivers are up to date.

    Please help...
    Last edited by rohitk89; April 26th, 2005 at 07:54 AM.

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    First thing is to check this guide:
    http://wown.com/articles_tutorials/wxpwin9x.html


    Next thing I would do is network the two XP machines. Get them working with the hub. Then I'd add the 98 machine into the LAN, by using the setup disk you created on one of the XP machines.

    Check that they all have the same IP strings 192.168.X.X or 10.10.X.X or whatever set you are using.

    If you use the setup disk you created on the XP machine with the 98 machine it should work fine.

    If you have issues:

    http://www.careyholzman.com/netfixes.htm

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    by using the setup disk you created on one of the XP machines
    I didn't get this bit, thanks for the rest

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    Quote Originally Posted by rohitkumar
    I didn't get this bit, thanks for the rest
    Well when you run the network setup wizard in XP, it asks you to create a setup disk to use on other PCs to speed up the setup. You just pop in a floppy on the other PC and away she goes.

    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...1153010,00.asp

    Take a look at that extreme tech article for more information.

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    Oh alright, thanks once more...

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