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Old 03-21-02, 04:06 PM
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Help me pick an external 56K modem

I just installed Windows 2000 and apparently my old external modem (Creative Modem Blaster External) is not compatible with 2000.

I'm not opposed to buying an internal modem if the installation isn't too much trouble.


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Old 03-21-02, 07:17 PM
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I guess your current unit connects via USB? Because if it's serial, you should be able to get it to work even if creative isn't providing a .inf file for Win2K.

Anyway, a long time ago I sprung for the USR Courier v.Everything modem. It was the best modem around at the time and it was a pretty good investment. I used to have a dedicated phone line for it and it maintained a connection for days at a time without dropping.

New, they still go for over $200 on pricewatch, but you can find it for about $50 on ebay.
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thanks belboz

my current modem has a serial connection. I noticed a Win2000 driver-like file available for download on Creative's website. So maybe Creative has added Win2000 support for my modem.

So I'll give that another try.

A tech support guy at work is recommending I get DSL. So maybe it's time to call the phone company and find out what I need for that. A network card is all ... ?
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Well, if your modem uses a serial interface, I would think that you'd have a good chance of getting it working. In the Windows "add hardware" dialog where you specify the exact modem you have, there should also be an option for a standard modem. It might take some fidgeting with the various settings, but I've usually been able to get a modem working that way even when I didn't have the correct .inf file.

As for DSL, yeah, usually all you need is a network card. If you're not hooking any other computers to the internet connection, then you can just plug the modem straight into the network card.
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thanks again belboz

it turned out to be easier than I thought. I clicked Add new hardware and pointed the browser to the CD drive and Win2000 took it from there.

Sometimes product packaging isn't accurate about what OS is supported, I guess

I'll still look into DSL

I love Windows 2000 (so far at least, it beats the heck out of WinME)

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