Originally posted by Scar I still get the notification that there are critical updates, but when I try to get them I receive the message:
"Windows Update has encountered an error and cannot display the requested page. The Windows Update servers are temporarily unavailable. Please try again later." .. I'm using Windows 98.
It sounds like your trying to use the automatic update feature? I don't think that ever worked well for me on 98. Have you tried it manually? (Tools->Windows Update in IE) Or try: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/ph/1139?sid=1020 At the very worst you can probably ask MS for a service pack CD if all else fails.
Every USB-to-Serial dongle I've ever used has worked fine. I think they're all terribly overpriced (I've never seen one cheaper than CDN$20) but it's sort of a captive market: you either need one or you don't know what it is.