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How to Really Install a Modem

Written by Stephen Bucaro

---------------------------------------------------------- Permission is granted forrepparttar below article to forward, reprint, distribute, use for ezine, newsletter, website, offer as free bonus or part of a product for sale as long as no changes are made andrepparttar 107825 byline, copyright, andrepparttar 107826 resource box below is included. ---------------------------------------------------------- How to Really Install a Modem

By Stephen Bucaro

Most motherboards now come with sound, video, and even networking built-in. But a modem is not usually built-in to a motherboard. This is because modem technology has been changing very rapidly. It is preferable to haverepparttar 107827 modem on an expansion card.

Most modem manuals assume that Plug and Play will automatically installrepparttar 107828 modem correctly, but this is rarelyrepparttar 107829 case. Userepparttar 107830 four steps described below to properly install a modem.

Step 1. Downloadrepparttar 107831 latest driver fromrepparttar 107832 manufacturer's Web site.

Most modems come with an Installation CD. The problem with this is thatrepparttar 107833 CD contains drivers for eight different operating systems and it usually tries to installrepparttar 107834 wrong one. Even if it does installrepparttar 107835 correct driver, its usually notrepparttar 107836 latest version. Also,repparttar 107837 CD usually comes with several non-essential programs (AOL etc.) thatrepparttar 107838 modem company earns commission on when you install them.

I admit, its difficult to download a driver before you installrepparttar 107839 modem. You may be replacing an old modem, or you may have another computer, or a friend with a computer with access torepparttar 107840 Web.

Preferably, do this before you purchaserepparttar 107841 new modem. That way you can see what kind of driver and technical support is available forrepparttar 107842 modem before you shell outrepparttar 107843 cash.

Step 2. If you are replacing a modem, removerepparttar 107844 old modem.

First physically openrepparttar 107845 case and removerepparttar 107846 old modem. Then startrepparttar 107847 computer and removerepparttar 107848 modem in Control Panel. Ifrepparttar 107849 system is Windows 2000 you will have to login as Administrator. Openrepparttar 107850 Modems utility, selectrepparttar 107851 name ofrepparttar 107852 modem onrepparttar 107853 General tab. Then click onrepparttar 107854 Remove button.

Step 3. Installrepparttar 107855 new modem.

First physically installrepparttar 107856 new modem. Ifrepparttar 107857 system is Windows 2000 you will have to login as Administrator. Plug and Play may installrepparttar 107858 new modem for you, that means it found an old driver on your system and used that to installrepparttar 107859 modem. Or it may startrepparttar 107860 "Add New Hardware Wizard". Click onrepparttar 107861 Cancel button.

The "Add New Hardware Wizard" is rarely able to findrepparttar 107862 proper driver for a modem, and whenrepparttar 107863 Wizard appears asrepparttar 107864 computer starts, it blocks your access to Explorer, so you can't use Explorer to locate a driver. Just click onrepparttar 107865 Cancel button to closerepparttar 107866 Wizard.

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