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This step-by-step guide will show you how to get a Windows 3.1 computer connected to the Internet using Virtual Modem and PPP. If you have not already, please follow the instructions how to set up Virtual Modem. Make sure the serial cable is connected to the Raspberry and the vmodem.sh script is running on it before attempting this part of the guide.
We will go through the steps how to install Trumpet Winsock 3.0 revision D on your Windows 3.1 computer. We will also configure typical settings for dial-up over PPP. I have not tested other version of Trumpet Winsock, so your mileage may vary if you use other versions. For the sake of this tutorial, we will also install Netscape Navigator 3.0, but you're free to use any web browser.
Please make sure you have VModem set up and running first before attempting the following steps!
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Windows 3.x does't come with native support for Windows Sockets (Winsock) and TCP/IP, so the first step is to install a program called Trumpet Winsock that will provide these services for the operating system. This software is shareware. The company is still active if you would like to register the software. See http://www.trumpet.com.au/
If you haven't already, I highly recommend registering Trumpet Winsock and compensating the author for such an amazing piece of software, which almost single-handedly opened up the Internet to the general public.
188.8.131.52. This is the Google's public DNS server.
pi@raspberrypi:/ $ cd /boot/vmodem pi@raspberrypi:/boot/vmodem $ sudo ./vmodem.sh Virtual Modem bootstrap for PPP link v1.1 Connection speed set to 57600 baud TYPE HELP FOR COMMANDS READY.
You will need to download and install a web browser before you can browse web sites. You can choose any browser you like. For the sake of this tutorial, I've chosen Netscape 3.0 Gold Edition for Windows 3.1.
|Netscape Navigator 3.0 Gold for Windows 3.1||http://omolini.steptail.com/files/win3/internet/netscape/ns304gwin31.exe|
Once you have downloaded the file, copy it onto your Windows 3.1 machine, then run it to install. The file is over five megabytes, so it will not fit on a single floppy disk. You will need to split the file into smaller chunks to copy it onto floppy disks. You can use a free utility such as HJ-Split to accomplish the task. You can re-join the files with the same utility for the respective system.
You should now be able to access the Internet. However, many modern websites will require modern security and will refuse to communicate with older web browsers. So I went ahead and compiled a list of websites that work.
I also made a easily-accessible gateway website to access archived copies of a selection of great websites that you can browse with your retro machine.
Questions? Comments? Contact Me!