2750$ to upgrade the graphics program and ISA card interface (used for stockmarket analyses ) and another 500$ to upgrade my photoscanner
My system is sitting in a workarea in the living room and I got nearly no spare room .
After many false ideas I seem to think now that my best bet is going with a laptop Toshiba P100-376 on XP pro cause I got all group licences for all office programs etc
I think that shoving the laptop in a replicator or full docking station is the first move giving me a wireless keyboard and mouse and access to the CRT monitor and I can plug the ADSL modem into this and make the laptop the primary computer .
First question ; is it correct I can put this aray closed on the floor under the rolling table and forget about it ?
Second question this laptop has all wifi and ethernet and bluetooth
how do I look at my old computer graphics program that updates automatically by ISA telvision teletext reading card ? Somebody suggested I might need Win Netmeeting
The old computer has no ethernet only USB 1 ; would I have to install an ethernet card and use a fixed cable (or WIFI) or would a USB link do to make it a slave ?
Third question ; is there any hope to operate the win98SE compatible only photoscanner attached to the old computer but operate it from the wireless keyboard and mouse on the new computer ( the scanner is on the same serial line as the printer which is USB compatible)
Or would it be better to have a dual win98 start up on the new computer or an emulation of win98SE on the new XP computer ?( which still not get around the serial cable I guess)
Surfing the web I found some docking stations having an ISA slot but I guess that info is 7 years out of date
To resume I need to keep an ISA card operational on Win 98SE
I need to keep win 98 SE simulated or booted operational to run an expensive graphics program and a serial scanner
I have no space to put a laptop unless closed
Many thanks for any suggestions whatsoever from an aged university engineer in chemistry