Not knowing your exact configuration (and the recommended USB adapter should be the Linksys WUSB600N) I'll offer the following:
Microsoft no longer supports Windows 98, 98SE or ME. Asuming you are running (at least) Vista-HP OEM and not an upgrade on your laptop the disconnect problem is probably caused by one of the other PC's on your network.
Regarding compatibility of the Linksys components with Windows 98 (all versions) and ME........
Linksys WRT310N - Minimum Requirements
? Windows XP or Vista
Linksys WUSB600N - Minimum Requirements
600 MHz or Faster PC
512 MB of RAM Memory
Available USB Port (USB 2.0 port required for fastest speeds)
Up-to-Date Windows 2000, XP, or Vista
Long story short..."If you ain't got the above you're probably done for...partner"
So after living with dial-up for too long I finally decided to get cable...so I signed up for Comcast. I have two desktops and a laptop. One desktop is running ME and the other 98, and the laptop runs Vista. I wanted to set up a wireless network, so I bought the linksys WRT310N router which I was told was one of the best. I installed the router using the linksys cd and the internet worked fine on my laptop (which has a built-in Intel N card). Then I bought the linksys USB wireless adapter as it was one of the few that said it was compatible with ME. When I first installed it, the internet worked fine. However, after not too long the linksys indicator would switch from "No Connection" to "You are connected to the access point but not the internet" to "You are connected to both the access point and the internet" and back and forth between all three without me even changing anything. So I assumed that the adapter was not as compatible with ME as it said. A guy at best buy told me that Netgear would work better with ME, so I bought a Super-G PCI Wireless Adapter and installed this on the ME system instead. At first, it seemed to work much better. However, later that day and ever since, my router has been acting weird. About once a day, both my laptop and my desktop will lose the internet connection. Then, when I look at the router, the WiFi light is either off or is on but not blinking (as it normally does). If I plug my laptop into the router, I still cannot get internet. The way I have to fix this is by unplugging the router and plugging it back in, which has gotten very annoying. I have called my cable company and everything is fine on that end. I have called linksys at least 4 or 5 times and each time they have provided a different fix that has not worked (upgrading the firmware, messing with advanced settings, etc.)
What is wrong? Should I buy a Netgear router or something? What is the best and most compatible router?