BOCA modem without drivers

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December 4, 2012 at 19:30:49
Specs: windows Vista home premium SP2, Intel Pentium dual Core T4200 2.00Ghz
I discovered a BOCA modem device (model M1440E) in the bottom of a garage sale box. it's only 14.4 Kbps but I paid my 75 cents for it, now I want to use it! It came with a parallel-to-serial connector, and I bought the 3 foot serial cable at the same sale for 10 cents. Does anyone know where I could find drivers for it? Also, would it work better with or require a parallel cable?
P.S I haven't even googled it but everyone on the forums seems to give me better help.
P.P.S I can post this somewhere else if this isn't relevant to this paticular forum.


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December 4, 2012 at 21:05:17
At 14.4 Kbps Modem!!! What on earth do you expect do with it.

That kind of Modem was current over twenty years ago when the Internet was just a dream. Finding an ISP with a dial-up facility these days will be nigh on impossible.

If you do by some miracle manage to get it to connect to the Internet it will be so slow you will die of old age waiting for the first page to load. Modern Modems are measured in millions of bits per second and you have one that just does a few thousand. Give it to a museum where it belongs.

taking 6 Mbps as a reasonable Internet connection these days, not the fastest but a good average, you would need 416 of those Modems working together to get the same though put. That if such a thing were possible.

A serial cable would be the best thing but that depends if your computer has an RS232 serial port, most dont these days as the RS232 has been replaced by USB. Even parralel ports are a thing of the past.


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December 5, 2012 at 00:37:57
I paid $5 for a PC case at the local recycle/rubbish tip. Only wanted the case but it came with a complete set of innards. A Piii 633 (Socket370) CPU and motherboard, TNT2 M64 graphics card, 512mb PC100 ram and a 100mb ZIP drive. The HDD and powersupply were toast. After gutting it to install my more modern P4 stuff into the larger case, I benchtested the old Piii and got it to boot up. There were bios errors initially since it has a flat CMOS battery but it got past that after a few tries. So now I have this Piii motherboard etc just sitting here doing nothing. If I have a garage sale will you please come and pay me 75c for it. I have difficulty throwing away old things that I know still work even though I know I'll never have a use for them.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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December 5, 2012 at 07:20:51
My first modem was a built in 1200 baud. I upgraded shortly after buying that PC to a USR Sportster 14.4 internal modem. At the time, that was fast!

As has been pointed out, it isn't anymore.

I'm trying to think of things you could do with it and about the only thing that comes to mind is a direct computer to computer connection. If you're trying to connect two PC's in the same house, you would require two separate phone lines and two separate numbers as well. If you want to connect to a different computer located elsewhere, then only one is required. But, you would still need a terminal emulation program like Hyperterminal.

I'm sure there are still plenty of ISP's that have a pool of modems you could connect to. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to find out your present ISP has some. But as has been pointed out it will be exceedingly slow to load modern web sites.

Back in the 90's it was all text so it loaded relatively "fast" (I can still remember sitting watching the screen write itself Today with graphics and video and sound, well, at 14.4 it might take a day or two to load a single page.

You might find it entertaining to play with for a very short period of time but I'm sure you would soon tire of it. Good luck finding drivers. That may well be impossible.

Oh, 8 years ago before taking this position I was living on an acrage 30 miles (50 km) from the city and was forced to use dialup and even with a 56.6 baud modem, I was only able to connect on a good day, at 24.4 and it was freaking painful.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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December 6, 2012 at 11:24:30
i was hoping to connect a friend's DOS comp to mine so we could (maybe) play doom (the waaay older one) over it? My old Doom won't support TCP/IP and my attempts at creating a IPX tunnel through my network have failed. This was more out of curiosity than anything. I *might* have a functioning 24.4K/56K internal modem in my random-box-of-old-computer-parts-that-will-most-likely-never-get-used, but that's a long shot.
To Richard59: kind of off-topic, but I would love to have it! I have a couple 200W power supplies and a 500MB hard drive waiting for a computer to save them. Only problem: I don't know where anything is and i'm on a tight schedule for the next 2weeks. Were you just joking about coming by at the garage sale? I would keep the system! I ran my PIII MB in a cardboard box while I was painstakingly building a sheetmetal case in my garage.
P.S my DOS computer is actually a re-vamped PIII with 2 hard drives. i just re-boot to the BioS to change the drive boot sequence to switch between DOS 6.2.0 and Win98se. plenty fast for any dos program you can throw at it.
P.P.S do I sound too random?


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December 6, 2012 at 12:00:21
Aha! I went digging around in BOCA's website and they said that my model doesn't need drivers. Drivers are apperently built in to Win95/98. I can run my DOOM game from Win 98, so i'll give it a shot.
P.S to StuartS: Your link to BOCA doesn't work. I can get to the home page but none of the FTP servers are working. They probably took them off because all that stuff is 'antiquated'! ;-)


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