thanks - i had tried google under "windows 98 versions" and little of any help came up - now I can see that I definitely have orinal version, perhaps that is why mt linksys network pc card is not working - it requires 98se onwards! - I had been led to believe I had 98se - the certificate under the machine said 98se!! but it is obviously not
If the Microsoft Certificate says Windows 98SE you should be able to borrow a copy of Windows 98SE from someone and update yours, providing you use your own key of course. I think I am correct in saying this would work. If its got Win98 1st edition on it and not SE I can only assume the previous owner deleted it and reinstalled using the wrong disk.
I have had exactly the same problem recently with an old laptop and a pcmcia card and 98.And like you it required 98se,this i bought for £15 and bingo all was well and running wirelessly absolutely fine...all though a little slow.
thanks - I can get hold of 98se, once that is installed, assuming the wireless works ok, does it mean it will be slower specifically because the opearating system is older or will it be similar speed to my xp machines ??