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Needing An External Dial-Up Modem


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#1 toodawgs

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 01:35 PM

I just bought an eMachines ET1331G with a AMD Athlon II X2 250u Processor running Windows 7 Home Premium. Where I live all I have is dial-up and this computer does not come with an internal modem. I've been looking into external modems and have found a few but some say they use a USB 2.0 connection. Would this modem work on this computer and how do I tell if this computer has USB 2.0? Any help would be much appreciated.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 01:56 PM

toodawgs,

According to eMachine's site, your specs are:

AMD Athlon™ II X2 dual-core processor 235e (2.7GHz, 2MB L2 cache)
Operating System2 : Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Chipset : NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150 SE
Memory3 : 6144MB DDR2 dual-channel (2 × 1024MB + 2 × 2048MB) Expandable to 8GB 4 DDR2 slots (total), 0 DDR2 slot (available)
Hard Drive4 : 750GB 7200rpm SATA
Optical Drive : 16x DVD±R/RW Supermulti drive
Write max: 16x DVD±R, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 8x DVD±R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 48x CD-R, 32x CD-RW
Read max: 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-ROM
Media Reader5 : Multi-in-one digital media card reader
CompactFlash® I & II, CF+ Microdrive, Secure Digital™ (SD) Card, miniSD™ Card, MultiMediaCard™ (MMC), MMCmobile™, MMCmicro™, Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard™ (RS-MMC), xD-Picture Card™, Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick Duo™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick Micro™
Video : Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150 SE graphics
Audio : 8-channel (7.1) high-definition audio
USB Speakers
Communications : 10/100 Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
Peripherals : eMachines® PS/2 keyboard and optical mouse
Ports/Other : 6 - USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 rear)
2 - PS/2 (keyboard and mouse)
1 - VGA
6 - Audio jacks
1 - Headphone jack
1 - Microphone jack
1 - RJ-45 Ethernet
Dimensions : 14.2" H x 7.1" W x 16.2" D
Weight : 18 lbs. (system unit only)
Warranty6 : 1-year parts and labor limited warranty with toll-free tech support
Software :

* Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* Adobe® Flash® Player
* Adobe® Reader®
* eMachines® Recovery Management
* Google Toolbar™
* Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (60-day complimentary trial period)7
* Microsoft Works® 9.0
* Nero® 9 Essentials
* Norton Internet Security™ 20098
* WildTangent® demo games


You have 6 USB 2.0 ports on your machine. 2 in the front and 4 in the rear. The modem you found should work just fine.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 02:08 PM

Thank you for your fast reply. That info helps alot. I just kinda miss the old days where all computers came with an internal modem. I bought an HP machine last year that also didn't come with an internal. That one I had the store install one. Again, thank you for your quick reply.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 02:30 PM

Every piece of hardware that you install in a computer be it internally or externally will require some kind of driver software for the operating system to communicate with it properly. An external USRobotics Sportster modem will most definately require a driver but there is a possibility that your operating system will already have a suitable driver for it.

The Sportster has been around for quite a long time and the drivers for quite a few Sportster modems were incorporated into many Windows Operating systems.

I would connect it to your computer, reboot and watch for any messages asking for drivers. If windows says it has successfully found and installed a driver for your hardware, then you should be just fine with what it installed.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 10:09 PM

Thanks again.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 10:22 PM

I just kinda miss the old days where all computers came with an internal modem.

If you miss internal modems, why don't you get an internal modem for your computer?

BTW, in the "old days" there was no such thing as an internal modem! :thumbsup:
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Posted 24 May 2010 - 10:42 PM

what about a 3g modem? I live in a rural area too and it works for me. You can get ones on usb.

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 11:09 PM

I just kinda miss the old days where all computers came with an internal modem.

If you miss internal modems, why don't you get an internal modem for your computer?

BTW, in the "old days" there was no such thing as an internal modem! :thumbsup:


I would go ahead and get an intrernal but they tell me opening up the puter would void the warranty. And what I meant by 'the old' days' was, I've only been into computers for ten years and every one I've had before, I've only had 6, has had an internal phone modem. I guess I just need to fork out the bucks and get some kind of high speed internet service wether it be satelite, or Pixius or even these newfangled pay-as-you-go wireless broadband connections from either Verizon, or AT&T or someone. I do appreciate all the quick and helpful replys from everyone.

thanks all,
toodawgs

Edited by toodawgs, 27 May 2010 - 11:12 PM.


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Posted 28 May 2010 - 06:51 AM

That's a bummer that your warranty would be voided by just adding an internal modem.

I'm using a Verizon broadband "aircard" to post this. Works pretty well, much faster than a dialup modem. The drawback is the 5G per month data cap. The nice thing about the aircard is that it's portable, I'm sitting in my RV at a campground in the mountains surfing forums. I had satellite in the past and prefer the aircard. Satellite has an annoying delay to everything due to it's high latency and the aircard is capable of faster download speeds.
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Posted 28 May 2010 - 12:16 PM

Verizon unlimited costs the same as the data cap, you just have to ask them for it :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 09:47 AM

As far as I know Verizon does not have an unlimited DATA plan, only unlimited calling plan.
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Posted 29 May 2010 - 10:57 AM

untrue, I am using it right now. It is not on the menu, you have to ask for it!




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