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Old 01-05-2012, 02:12 PM   #1
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I have worked on a few old computers. My sister gave me a 2002 HP, that has always been on dialup. It has no ethernet port. Both ports are the smaller ones for phone lines. I've never run across one like this. Probably just set it up wireless, but just wondered if this is unusual?

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Not unusual for a 10 year old computer.

Desk top or lap top?

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Why not just open it up and replace the modem card with a ethernet card, less than $20, a wireless setup will cost more and you still have to open it up.

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Desk top. I'm going to give it to one of my 3 year old grandaughters, after I put some games on it. Wireless will make it easier for my daughter.
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If there are 2 phone jacks, it is likely that one jack is for the phone to plug into. It was intended to go wall -> modem -> phone.

If the computer is running Windows XP or better, no need to open it up. Just put a USB wifi dongle on it and call it a day.

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If the computer is running Windows XP or better, no need to open it up. Just put a USB wifi dongle on it and call it a day.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833166052
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It's a little unusual. Even 10 years ago most of the desktops had ethernet built into the mobo. That's not saying the onboard was always any good.

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