I am looking for a laptop with a dialup modem

January 31, 2011 at 21:11:55
Specs: Windows XP
I currently have a Compac Presario laptop and its getting worn out and I want to get a new one. I cannot find one with a dialup modem. I live in a rural area and the only other option for internet is satellite. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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#1
January 31, 2011 at 21:20:57
Not sure if they are made, but see if there are 56K Modems made as an External USB device.
OOPS!!! plenty of them show up in a Web Search.

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#2
January 31, 2011 at 22:51:13
or if the laptop has pcmcia slots (or card slot), you could add an external modem on a card........usb is probably easier tho as many of the newer lower end laptops do not have the card slots anymore and usb could be used on other devices if need be.

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#3
February 1, 2011 at 13:44:19
Worn out of just too slow? Even an old laptop ought to be good enough for dial up if it doesn't have malware, spyware and other problems that after time seems to mess up computers.

If slow then consider a system restore to OEM state. Compaq usually have disks or a F key at boot. Be sure you understand that you will have to then apply service packs and antivirus such as microsoft security essentials after you restore. Also your data and programs need to be saved and reloaded.

As Chuck 2 says a product like this ought to work on your next choice, if no built in modem exists in your model.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#4
February 1, 2011 at 15:46:32
There used to be (and I assume still are) many available PCMCIA card modems. A convenient kind is one you can leave inserted in the PCMCIA slot when mobile, and simply push a tab IN to retract only the phone line socket.

But be forewarned that almost any of these PCMCIA types render the user susceptible to trip over that phone cord hanging off the SIDE of the laptop, easily damaging the card, its socket, the laptop.. or the user! :-(

In any case, you might be able to obtain such a card "Used" for really cheap or even "Free".


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#5
February 1, 2011 at 17:13:22
You can pick up an external USB 56k modem for under $20. But what makes you say your laptop is worn out? It may just need a good housecleaning (dump temp files, disable startup apps, delete old programs, defrag the drive, install a lightweight anti-virus, etc).

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#6
February 1, 2011 at 19:48:03
I'm not sure what your looking for but you still can find laptops with 56k modems. I went to BestBuy.com and found a Gateway Laptop within 15 minutes.

Gateway laptop at $449.
Gateway - Laptop / Intel® Pentium® Processor / 14" Display / 3GB Memory / 320GB Hard Drive - Black
Model: NV4402u | SKU: 1616075

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Gammatech DuraBook - Ruggedized Laptop / Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor / 15.4" Display / 4GB Memory / 250GB Hard Drive - Black/Silver
Model: ED15SE21R5EM3K6 | SKU: 1029445

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#7
February 1, 2011 at 19:58:00
I was just saying that they may not need a new system.

If they did find one that they liked and needed a modem it could be bought for under $30. They don't really need to buy a computer with a modem in it.

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#8
February 1, 2011 at 20:03:20
Thank you all for your replies. I am pretty clueless when it comes to computers. I have a lot of files on my laptop, I am a hoppy photographer and have a lot of high res pics on it. It was suggested to me to get an external hard drive to store the pictures and transfer them to it and see if that speeds up my laptop. I have the computer set to defrag everyday at like midnight or something and every so often I go through everything and get rid of stuff but it is still slow.

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#9
February 2, 2011 at 13:53:54
You need a backup plan not a transfer plan. Photos need to be in at least two places or more to be secure.

CD's are maybe the worst way to save them. CD-R and CD-RW's use an organic dye that goes bad pretty fast in not archival and keep in a secure place.

External hard drives tend to be a good backup plan since they will most likely be usable on the next generation of computers. They also are somewhat good as far as life and reliability. Two of them would be great. I suggest that people use a backup program like ntbackup or other that can store data but a file by file copy would work.

A simple 1Tb or two can be bought pretty cheaply. Some people move up to a NAS that has a raid on it with multiple drives. It is the common way to secure data.

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