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  1. thelastfoiter's Avatar
    I just picked up an old 2001 IBM A20M laptop for $20 (Historical value and it's a tank) from a computer store in my small town that's closing. Well I was guaranteed it was fully functional and it appears the ethernet port is busted as it doesn't want to pick up signal. It's not the cord. I've tried every OS from stock Win2000 to XP and Ubuntu and those aren't getting it to pick up my modem either. I don't really have the funds to buy a USB wifi card right now (I'm 15) So if you guys have a FREE solution, or something I'm doing wrong, :@ it'd be great... Old man scammed me.
    Last edited by thelastfoiter; 05-31-2012 at 06:28 PM.
    05-31-2012 05:22 PM
  2. jimski's Avatar
    It most likely has a built in network adapter that might be defective. Or, maybe the network adapter was an option that was never installed, or it was removed. Have you found the specs/manual online. Is the network adapter active in Device Manager. Maybe you just need a driver.

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    05-31-2012 07:03 PM
  3. thelastfoiter's Avatar
    It most likely has a built in network adapter that might be defective. Or, maybe the network adapter was an option that was never installed, or it was removed. Have you found the specs/manual online. Is the network adapter active in Device Manager. Maybe you just need a driver.

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    I've already installed the driver in all OS's but please stay in this thread and help me out :D I upgraded to XP because 2000 only wanted to do a dialup network witch I don't have and it wouldn't work anyways. Here's the drivers Drivers and software - ThinkPad A20m and here's the specs ThinkPad A20M Specifications | eHow.com
    I'm running the 14.1 or 15 inch setup, with i think 700mhz processor...
    05-31-2012 07:15 PM
  4. Giddora's Avatar
    Have a phone that can do USB-tethering?
    06-01-2012 02:50 PM
  5. thelastfoiter's Avatar
    Have a phone that can do USB-tethering?
    Maybe... Is the Focus S capable? I'm debranded running 8107, interop-unlocked... can I?
    I found these sources here... how to USB Tether on Focus S? - xda-developers Thread Samsung Focus S - USB Tethering: Confirmed Working | Android Forums and Windows Phone Discussion @ xda-developers | BoardReader http://forums.windowscentral.com/os-...ion/192377.htm
    06-01-2012 10:48 PM
  6. jimski's Avatar
    I've already installed the driver in all OS's but please stay in this thread and help me out :D I upgraded to XP because 2000 only wanted to do a dialup network witch I don't have and it wouldn't work anyways. Here's the drivers Drivers and software - ThinkPad A20m and here's the specs ThinkPad A20M Specifications | eHow.com
    I'm running the 14.1 or 15 inch setup, with i think 700mhz processor...
    So does Device Manager say the network card is working properly? Every time I rebuild a machine I always have to manually setup the network adapter. Almost never works automatically.

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    06-01-2012 11:00 PM
  7. thelastfoiter's Avatar
    So does Device Manager say the network card is working properly? Every time I rebuild a machine I always have to manually setup the network adapter. Almost never works automatically.

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    Here I'll reinstall XP and then report back... But does anyone know of USB teher would work?
    06-01-2012 11:32 PM
  8. Giddora's Avatar
    USB-Tethering SHOULD work. Check the settings on the phone for Internet Sharing or whatever it's called in English. :)
    06-02-2012 08:44 AM
  9. thelastfoiter's Avatar
    Well yeah it can share it as WiFi but the laptop doesn't have WiFi... I meant it would share its internet THROUGH USB, that's what I was hoping for at least.
    06-02-2012 09:42 AM
  10. thelastfoiter's Avatar
    UPDATE! Got it to tether to my PC thanks to this guy.. xda-developers - View Single Post - Samsung Focus S - USB Tethering: Confirmed Working Well it's working on my windows 7 desktop, hopefully my dinosaur when it's done installing xp :D WOOHOO
    Last edited by thelastfoiter; 06-02-2012 at 03:13 PM.
    06-02-2012 02:45 PM
  11. jimski's Avatar
    Ok, so now your next problem is avoiding the tethering police. What carrier, what plan? AT&T will shut you down if they catch you. Some other carriers permit tethering, but you might have to deal with throttling after 2-3GB. Proceed with caution young grasshopper.

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    06-02-2012 04:50 PM
  12. thelastfoiter's Avatar
    Ok, so now your next problem is avoiding the tethering police. What carrier, what plan? AT&T will shut you down if they catch you. Some other carriers permit tethering, but you might have to deal with throttling after 2-3GB. Proceed with caution young grasshopper.

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    NOOOO this is driving me crazy!!! Tmobile unlimited data (5 gigs full speed) unlimited text and 100 minutes for 30 bucks :D it allows tethering be it wifi or USB. BUT MOTHER F***** Windows XP is being stupid and it won't establish a connection or recognize my Focus S and use proper drivers :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
    06-02-2012 05:06 PM
  13. jimski's Avatar
    Check Samsungs website. I know the original Focus had problem connecting to Zune and they offered some new USB drivers which solved the problem for users. Can't hurt to look.

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    06-02-2012 05:13 PM
  14. Big Bang Radar's Avatar
    NOOOO this is driving me crazy!!! Tmobile unlimited data (5 gigs full speed) unlimited text and 100 minutes for 30 bucks :D it allows tethering be it wifi or USB. BUT MOTHER F***** Windows XP is being stupid and it won't establish a connection or recognize my Focus S and use proper drivers :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
    Is it WinXP SP3? Zune doesn't work with anything predating that. Maybe that's you're problem.

    Zune doesn't work with Ubuntu, Or Win2000, btw.
    06-02-2012 05:21 PM
  15. thelastfoiter's Avatar
    It is SP3... Hold on still working on it...
    06-02-2012 05:24 PM
  16. Big Bang Radar's Avatar
    It is SP3... Hold on still working on it...
    If it is SP2 or below it won't work, and I will tell you the workarounds in a sec if its no ok?
    06-02-2012 05:33 PM
  17. Big Bang Radar's Avatar
    It is SP3... Hold on still working on it...
    Sry, just noticed you said it was SP3... You sure? You can check My Computer>Properties if you don't know
    06-02-2012 05:37 PM
  18. Big Bang Radar's Avatar
    ThinkPad A20M Specifications | eHow.com

    [QUOTE/]This laptop comes in three screen sizes and includes most of the basics of mobile computing, except for wireless networking which must be added with a card.

    Read more: ThinkPad A20M Specifications | eHow.com ThinkPad A20M Specifications | eHow.com
    [/QUOTE] :dry
    06-02-2012 05:41 PM
  19. Big Bang Radar's Avatar
    Unlucky mate, no wireless networking, and abosoutely terrible specs. RAM required for Zune is 1GB, the laptop has 128MB. FAIL, YOU JUST GOT RIPPED OFF!

    That laptop should have sold for $5 today.
    06-02-2012 05:42 PM
  20. Big Bang Radar's Avatar
    Processor



    The A20m uses Intel's Celeron and Pentium III processors. These processors range from clock speeds of 500 megahertz to 700 MHz. All of them have a 256 kilobyte Level 2 cache.


    Memory



    Memory options for this model included 64 megabytes and 128 MB of Synchronous Dynamic RAM. You cannot upgrade or change out the memory because it is built into the motherboard. The memory speed is 100 MHz. This small amount of memory makes the A20m incompatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7.





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    Display



    Screen sizes include 12.1 inches, 14.1 inches and 15 inches. All but the 12.1 inch use a 1024 by 768 pixel resolution; the 12.1-inch screen uses 800 by 600 pixels. The A20m offers either 4MB or 8MB shared graphics memory, which is far too little for most modern multimedia and gaming uses. By comparison, a budget-priced laptop built in 2010 would include at least 128MB of video memory.


    Drives



    The standard hard drive options for this model were 6 gigabyte and 12GB in size, but buyers could get up to a 20GB drive. This laptop uses IDE hard drives. There is one built-in 1.44MB floppy drive. Options for the optical drive included a CD-ROM drive of speeds 10x to 24x or a 6x speed DVD-ROM drive.


    Ports



    The R30 include a parallel port, a serial port, one PS/2 port for a mouse or external keyboard, USB ports and a port replicator connection. There is a VGA port for connecting a monitor or projector, and a TV-out port on some R30 laptops or TV-in and out on others. There is an RJ-11 phone modem jack and an RJ-45 Ethernet jack. A PC card is required for wireless Internet browsing.



    Read more: ThinkPad A20M Specifications | eHow.com ThinkPad A20M Specifications | eHow.com


    Oh my GOD. This computer is fail at life, no way the IT guy wanted someone to take it.
    06-02-2012 05:46 PM
  21. thelastfoiter's Avatar
    Yeah no **** it's a fail, it's from 2001! I bought it for ****s and giggles really. But it does have networking. but I believe I have the networking card installed right here... I could be wrong though.... Heres a pic.
    06-02-2012 08:20 PM
  22. Big Bang Radar's Avatar
    Yeah no **** it's a fail, it's from 2001! I bought it for ****s and giggles really. But it does have networking. but I believe I have the networking card installed right here... I could be wrong though.... Heres a pic.
    Where is the pic? i cant see it :?
    06-02-2012 09:24 PM
  23. thelastfoiter's Avatar
    GOT IT TO WOOOOORK!!!! YEAH BOI! Does anyone know how to deploy xap's without Zune cuz my computer can't use Zune....
    06-02-2012 10:39 PM
  24. Big Bang Radar's Avatar
    GOT IT TO WOOOOORK!!!! YEAH BOI! Does anyone know how to deploy xap's without Zune cuz my computer can't use Zune....
    Why, is it not XPSP3?
    06-03-2012 03:10 AM
  25. Big Bang Radar's Avatar
    It will giver limited functionality, but there is xap files to buy apps.

    How to Download Windows Phone 7 XAP App Files to PC Without Zune

    http://thetechjournal.com/how-to/tur...to-guide.xhtml

    Turn it into a USB Stick and you can drag music into it.
    Hope I helped
    Last edited by Big Bang Radar; 06-03-2012 at 03:42 AM.
    06-03-2012 03:34 AM
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