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Solved no ethernet port on computer

December 21, 2012 at 16:27:20
Specs: Windows XP

how to install broadband , with trendnet ethernet adapter, do I need to get a new IP address or a driver, how do I find out,from my computer what drivers it has installed, wireless will work , but limited, dial up is sooo slow, I have high speed thru comcast modem,am using blue ethernet cable from amazon, because modem upstairs, windows 98 down, please help, thank you. can I ask one more, on the back of this rebuilt compaq computer, it has a port like a ethernet port, with a telephone with a line thru it ,could this be ethernet? too many questions ? i am newbie, will do better next time.

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December 21, 2012 at 21:29:20

Ah, I'm sticking my neck out here, I am not hardware-savvy. First, if your "mystery" port (the one with the slash across the phone symbol) fits an ether-cable, then most likely it is ether port, and otherwise probably not. Second, a usb ether-port may not need a driver under winxp, but I could be wrong, I've never used one. Under win 98, I have no clue. If you can run a cable to the hs (comcast) modem, then ping the modem. Also (from command-prompt) type ipconfig (WITH cable hooked up to modem) and look for a ip address assigned to your ethernet adapter. If either or both of these worked, you should be connected (to the modem, at least). That's the first step, to get a connection (ping success). ps: I don't know how much usb support win-98 offers, so that is my "blind spot". I know it supports it, but how well?


#1
December 21, 2012 at 16:39:18

Your post is hard to read. If you need an ethernet port, buy one & install it!

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...


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#2
December 21, 2012 at 18:24:07

I am sorry for the confusion, i am so new to this, what i was trying to say ,was my computer seems to not have a place to insert a ethernet cable, so i bought a ethernet adapter that plugs into the usb, to see if i can get broadband thru ethernet and comcast modem and using windows 98 with rebuilt compaq desktop.

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#3
December 21, 2012 at 19:41:23

Did you click on the link in my other response? That's what you should have bought. And the problem with your post is that you used commas where they're not needed & you didn't use periods or caps where they are needed.

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December 21, 2012 at 21:29:20
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Ah, I'm sticking my neck out here, I am not hardware-savvy. First, if your "mystery" port (the one with the slash across the phone symbol) fits an ether-cable, then most likely it is ether port, and otherwise probably not. Second, a usb ether-port may not need a driver under winxp, but I could be wrong, I've never used one. Under win 98, I have no clue. If you can run a cable to the hs (comcast) modem, then ping the modem. Also (from command-prompt) type ipconfig (WITH cable hooked up to modem) and look for a ip address assigned to your ethernet adapter. If either or both of these worked, you should be connected (to the modem, at least). That's the first step, to get a connection (ping success). ps: I don't know how much usb support win-98 offers, so that is my "blind spot". I know it supports it, but how well?

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#5
December 21, 2012 at 21:52:16

You can check in device manager and maybe figure out what the port with the 'telephone with the line through it' is. If device manager shows a network adapter than that's probably what it is. Or check the specs for your model.

You don't want to use one of those adapter things. They're hard to setup. especially in 98. You'll also need to make sure your broadband software is compatible with windows 98.


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