So, as it turns out, I go out to the garage and there I find (a) an IBM dock of some sort, and (b) an IBM Thinkpad external floppy!
So I make the bootdisk by going to www.bootdisk.com
and downloading the WIN95 B version, and then from some other place I get the no-1802.com and put that on the floppy, and then I boot the floppy and run the no-1802!
So then I reinstall the Intel Pro Wireless 2915 ABG (with which I have some little troubles with the MAIN and AUX "snaps" that seem to have a hard time seating to the board) and reboot, ready to wireless all night long. Works fine, no 1802 error msg, but . . .
Alas, can't get on my network because network refuses to assign a IP address. I look this up in the help and it's no help.
Turns out there's another open LAN in the neighborhood so I sign onto that and here I am asking for more help.
My LAN is LINKSYS WRT54G Broadband Router and Access Point. The Intel card is not getting the news from this LAN. It first signs on and says it has found the networks and got excellent signal quality, then sits around and a few minutes later provides the msg about "limited or no" connection because the network did not assign an IP address.
have I got a next move? Will it occur to me Wed? Can someone provide the key? Tune in tomorrow!