I have an IBM Aptiva 2158-240 running windows 98 and I just ordered Verizon DSL and I cannot make the pc find the DSL box through the USB. Verizon will not support the problem because it is windows 98. I contacted IBM and they told me to upgrade the flash bios but they also will not support the problem because the pc is too old. They gave me the name of the file to get by doing a search on their site and it comes up with no files. Can someone please tell me where to go to find a bios upgrade. My bios version is V72EN1R. My PC is IBM Aptiva E seris 240.
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Re: IBM Aptiva and verizon DSL
OK Win98 doesn't play well with USB, when Win98 came out USB was very new, and NOT supported properly untill Win98SE... and even then it is a pain and real problematical. I would suggest you get a Ethernet connected DSL modem.. Else ya gonna have no end of problems regardless of what ya do including "Flashing" I think that model PC has Ethernet built in? otherwise get a PCI Ethernet Card and use that instead of USB.. ya be good to go. I would also upgrade if possible to Win98SE PLUS install ALL Updates there are still Win98 suport on the net, simply Google for it.. good Luck.
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FIOS and DSL use different modems and or gateway devices. Sounds like you were using a DSL gateway device with networking setup and when you moved to FIOS, the tech did not duplicate your network on your new FIOS gateway. OR you had a 3rd party router e.g. Linksys that was removed from the setup when FIOS was installed.
Either way, Verizon is who you should contact. Just tell them your network went down after you moved from DSL to FIOS. Dont mention Microsoft or Livewebtv.
you are gonna be charged for each MB used, and honestly, it would be a terribly impractical approach.
Just to humor you, you'd do it as such.
Set up your laptop to run all the time. Have the Verizon card plugged in, and always active, and set to never drop connection. You'll now need a crossover cable, and you'll run the rj45 crossover from the ethernet on your laptop to the WAN port on your router. You'll then need to bridge the connections. Some versions of Windows support internet connection sharing; effectively doing the same thing. Now, you should have active internet.
Now, you're going to be charged per MB, you're gonna have a SLOW SLOW SLOW SLOW connection, and you should expect $1000 phone bills monthly.