Network cards and Win98SE

John Many Jars john at
Mon May 13 05:02:46 CDT 2019

I just run PUTR under DosBox on a modern PC.  A pain but... easier.

On Sun, 12 May 2019 at 23:41, Charles via cctalk <cctalk at>

> I have tried for two days to get wireless networking running on my old PC
> under Win 98SE, so I can use PUTR without a separate partition or boot. XP
> is on an 8.4 GB drive. 98SE is on an older 540 MB drive.
> There are two network cards (a Netgear WPN311 with Atheros chipset, and an
> Encore ENWLI-G2 with Realtek 8185 chip) and neither will work with Win98SE.
> I have tried the manufacturer's drivers, Atheros drivers, Realtek
> drivers...
> none of it works. The Realtek driver installs but gives a fault in
> Netgear's website claims that the WPN311 can run under 98SE and later.
> Some
> sources for that driver package say it starts with XP. Although I would
> tend
> to believe the manufacturer...
> The same Netgear card in the same motherboard was working correctly with
> the
> XP drive.
> I even did a fresh install of 98SE. Then installed the WPN311 software,
> then
> the card. Windows says the card is installed and working properly.
> But the Netgear utility won't run (hangs, Task Manager showing wlancfg5
> not
> responding). That's usually because it can't see the card.
> Searching the net including various forums from years ago hasn't helped.
> So I'm about to give up. Wasted enough hours on this. Back to XP with a
> partition for running PUTR.
> Unless someone has a better idea :)
> thanks
> Charles

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