Installing Devices - Modems

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Installing devices - Modem

Installing A Modem

-Modem installation usually goes smoothly. The hardest part is finding the drivers available on the installation disk. This is usually in the form of a INF. file. This simply gives the system information on your device or modem. If you have a Plug and Play modem you should be in good shape for a installation. When you boot up the computer will find the modem and you're in business.

Installing a External Modem

-Installing a external modem has its advantages over the internal. I have had modem simply lock up on me and not work. When this happens with a internal modem this usually calls for a reboot. With the external you can most times just turn it off and back on to reset it. This can save you a little heartache at times. Not only is the external modem handy but you can travel with it and hook it up to other systems. The internal modem is not so handy for such operations.

-Here are some common steps for installing a a external modem.

1. Turn computer off.
2. Plug modem into a free serial port.
3. Plug modem power in and hook up phone line.
4. Restart system, you should go into a plug and play routine with windows.
5. Your system will recognize your new hardware especially if is is PnP (Plug and Play) device.
6. In most cases you will be brought to a hardware wizard under windows and it will ask for a driver for your device.
7. Make sure you have the installation CD or floppy in the drive.
8. Browse location for what is called a INF. File, this provides information on your device and will help load device.
9. Simply choose location of INF. file and hit ok or next. This should load the driver for device and your in business.

Internal Modem

The Modem. This is a 56k PCI Internal Modem.

-This installation is very similar to the above installation. We only have to plug card into the inside of system then boot up. After installing card and booting refer to step 5 above in external installation.

-Shut computer down and Unplug

-Open case by unscrewing it.

Unscrewing the case
Slide case panel off the case

-Make sure you are grounded, touch power supply ever so often to discharge any static electricity.

-Find a open PCI slot or whatever your modem calls for. This is usually a PCI slot. This is a small white slot.

-After locating slot, remove existing expansion card metal slots keepers. This is so the card can fit in the slot and the case

-Push modem in firmly from both sides and evenly. 

Installing Modem

-When card seats tighten down snug.

Tighten Card Snug

-Plug any phone lines you may have. One is all you need for an existing phone line unless you want to use your telephone with modem.

Back Side Of Modem, Notice Connectors

-Refer to step 5 above Above in Installing an External Modem.

-Installing a modem is not hard. The biggest part is really just getting the software on. Some modem software is easier than others. Take your time. If you think that you may have messed up and want another way of installation, try going into add new hardware wizard in windows.

-start, settings, control panel and then add/hardware icon.

-More on installing a device driver. Click Here

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