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Windows 2K Pro help?

Asked by Mr_Grimm (367points) August 16th, 2011

I have a computer that I have been messing around with. I have an issue with trying to install a 802.1 wireless driver on it. I have been looking everywhere for one. Its specs are.
*Windows 2000 Proffessional 32bit SP4 (latest update)
*System Model: Apollo-P
*System Type: X86 based
*Bios Version: 1.00
I am aware of windows no longer supporting it. Like I said Im just messing around with it. I have a Belkin G F5d7050v1. I have gone on belkin support site. However didn’t help. PLEASE HELP ME!

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jerv's avatar

That particular router is newer than your OS and possibly newer than SP4, so it’s a bit tricky. This might work for you,

Personally if I were messing around, I would just turn it into a Linux box though :D Seriously though, I found Linux drivers for it.

Mr_Grimm's avatar

Ubuntu, yes I have tried that… but the computer locks up when I get into boot up menu

Mr_Grimm's avatar

and thats the driver I installed… but the computer says it can’t find the 802.1… it never starts the Belkin Wireless utility, even when Im wired into my router. =/

koanhead's avatar

A computer that is spec’d for Win2K is not going to give you a good experience with Ubuntu. I ran a Pentium 3 desktop with 512MB RAM on Ubuntu three years ago and it was very slow (though not as slow as with XP). My Pentium 2 laptop wouldn’t run it at all effectively- it appeared to “lock up” at the boot menu, when in fact it was just running unacceptably slowly.

I was able to use both machines after installing Xubuntu rather than regular Ubuntu. Ubuntu is just too resource-hungry for machines with less than 256MB RAM and, say, 1GHz Pentium 3.

I very seriously doubt that you will ever find a working driver for Win2k. It’s just too old and manufacturers can’t be bothered. Though I wonder if there’s some sort of ndiswrapper-in-reverse solution you could employ? It’s probably not worth it even if so.

jerv's avatar

Just to clarify a bit for those that don’t know, the newer versions of Ubuntu (as in “within the last five years) run GNOME, which is a nice desktop manager with lots of features and that looks really neat, but also takes up a lot of CPU and RAM. Xubuntu, which @koanhead prefers, has the same Linux guts under the but it runs Xfce which lacks some of the bells and whistles but is considerably less resource-hungry.

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