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07-03-02, 07:00 PM   #1  
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modem question

I have a petium 66 what kind of modem will work on this type of computer it is a compac. will a 56 k work on it?

 
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07-03-02, 07:05 PM   #2  
Do you mean a pentium 1 at 66mhz? 56K should work. watch for more posts, they will tell you more information about which kinds of 56k's there are out there.

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07-03-02, 07:40 PM   #3  
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07-04-02, 12:38 PM   #4  
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Just make sure it is a full hardware modem. You do not have the horsepower to run a winmodem.

 
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07-04-02, 01:10 PM   #5  
what a full hardware modem and a winmodem? never heard of the different terms. of course, i just used the one that came with my system when i purchased it.

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07-05-02, 11:05 AM   #6  
It will say on the box... but basically almost all ISA modems are hardware modems. It on the box it says it needs Win 98 to run, it's probably a WinModem. Be prepared though, a real modem costs more then the $15 winmodems. All external modems are real modems, you can buy one of those. I had good experience with Zoom so far, I've used several so far. That was before I realized what a fool I was for not getting broadband sooner. If you don't have a lot of computer skills/confidence then get an external modem ( make sure it's not USB). That way you don't need to open your computer up. There's no need to pay the big bucks and get a USR/3Com modem, a "less branded" one will work.

 
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07-06-02, 08:48 AM   #7  
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Full Hardware Modem VS Winmodem (soft modem).

Modems need some processing power to process
the data it is sending and receiving, and converting
the processed data to audio tones.

A full hardware modem does that processing using
chips on the modem itself.

Soft modems use software running on the host computer
to perform the function of the chips on a hardware modem.
With that, if you have a lower horsepower computer, a soft
modem will either suck up your free CPU cycles, or the time your applications run will affect your modem (I don't know how, I always use hardware modems). Also, the drivers and software tend to be specific to Windows 95 and newer OSes, and particular hardware.

With a hardware modem, it can be used on pretty well any O/S,
and can be operatingwith more or less generic drivers.

 
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