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Wireless connectivity What do I need to make this old computer wireless compatible for my daughter

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  • ksmith1968 Sep 25, 2008

    Thank you very much Im completly computer illiterate and was going to scrap this old pc which someone gave me. It took me 2hrs to find an appropriate charger for it. I wish I had just asked you! Thank you my daughter will be delighted.

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You need a PCMCIA wireless card in the laptop to connect to your ACCESS POINT to communicate with the Internet and your "home" networked computers.

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