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Title: USB tethering on DSL
Post by: r3dw1ng on December 09, 2014, 05:59:13 PM
I have DSL (installed on HDD) on a 98' Pentium III with 64MB RAM and it works well. But in 1998 there was no ethernet port, so I don"t have any network acces  :-[ . I think the only way would be a USB tethering. So I plugged a Android in USB tethering, the phone were recognized, but nothing happened. I am a big beginner and I don't know what to do.
Thanks for any of yours ideas and sorry for my english.

Title: Re: USB tethering on DSL
Post by: CNK on December 16, 2014, 09:59:02 PM
The set of drivers that come with DSL are rather outdated now and don't support some modern hardware. In this case you would need the "rndis_host" module. You could try to find a download for that built against the v. 2.4 kernal used in DSL, and try compiling it from scratch if you fail, but it would likely be complicated and there's a good chance that module doesn't support the v. 2.4 kernel anyway.

If I were you, I'd put a PCI Ethernet card in your PC (still the common type of Ethernet card found in stores), any desktop PC from 1998 will have PCI slots inside. There is a chance that the Ethernet card won't be supported by DSL (most are, but you can't be sure), so you might want to find a cheap used one or something rather than a new one from the store.

Wireless PCI cards are also an option, in fact I'm typing on a Pentium I connected to a mobile internet modem thing by WiFI. The problem is that driver support is more dodgy than with Ethernet cards, so you'd really want to know if a card was supported before you bought it.

That's all assuming you're using a Desktop PC, if you have a Laptop, the same pretty much applies except you want PCMCIA cards (usually plug into the side of laptops) instead of PCI. It might be a bit tricky to find these in computer stores (especially Ethernet cards, as every laptop for a number of years now would have Ethernet built-in), but Ebay is still fertile ground.

Title: Re: USB tethering on DSL
Post by: r3dw1ng on February 05, 2015, 04:11:03 PM
Thanks for your reply, but the MoBo doesn't have pci slot, I mean they are not the same as the ones on my moderns PCs. They are smaller and seems to have less connectors.

Title: Re: USB tethering on DSL
Post by: CNK on February 08, 2015, 10:03:41 PM
Perhaps you're confusing PCI with the newer PCIe, many modern motherboards have both.

Here's a picture showing both:

A Pentium III Motherboard would usually have a few PCI slots, but definitely no PCIe ones.

There's a chance it might also have one or two ISA slots like these (except the short one, that's an older sort):

ISA network cards were made as well, but you can't buy them in computer stores anymore. PCI Ethernet cards should still be easy to find.

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