Cable modem

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    Cable modem

    Ok. I finally got Mandrake 9.1 installed. I can't configure my modem for some damn reason. I'm using a USB external modem. It's not reconizing my modem. I'm short on documentation while I'm running linux (downloaded the .isos and not enough memory for documentation) and I'm not getting to far. I go to the configure screen. Select cable modem. Then I don't understand what it means by select driver. What I thought was my driver is a Thomson DCM235 which isn't on there. But the weird thing is, is that when I search for hardware it finds the modem. I'm just lost. Until I get my modem running all I can do is sit there and play that bomber game


    **Edit. I left some info out...

    the external modem is a RCA Thomson DCM 235R modem. I'm using it via USB. I also have a dialup connection that I don't use because I can't figure out how to set it up
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    Can you possibly just hook it up to your Ethernet instead of USB? Or is it USB only?

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    Well it has the option of a ethernet on the cable box, but I can't find a ethernet port thingy on my dell. I wen't to dells site to see if they have a ethernet card on my computer, but they don't even make my model anymore. Its a Dell Dimension 4300 and I can't find ANY information on it from Dells site. I might go to a local computer store and see what I can do. If I go with an ethernet cable would that fix all my problems?
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    Originally posted by ZakkWylde969
    Well it has the option of a ethernet on the cable box, but I can't find a ethernet port thingy on my dell. I wen't to dells site to see if they have a ethernet card on my computer, but they don't even make my model anymore. Its a Dell Dimension 4300 and I can't find ANY information on it from Dells site. I might go to a local computer store and see what I can do. If I go with an ethernet cable would that fix all my problems?
    It should solve your problems. Look for a jack on the back of your computer slightly larger than a phone jack. If you don't have one, buy a 10/100 NIC.
    Away.

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    Alrighty. Thanks for the help. I'mm glad I'm finally actually making the move into Linux.
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    Ok. I just went looking around on the internet at those 10/100 NIC things and those are most likely out of the question. My parents would never spend that much money on something like that. Is there any cheaper/free option? I have a 54k modem that I could use, I just have no clue how to set it up.
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    Umm... some NICs are about $10-20 Canadian, so either you're really poor, or you're looking in the wrong place.
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    I searched google for a 10/100 NIC and it came up as 230$..
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    I found this at Future Shop. Quite a price range, depending on features.
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    **Edit scratch that.*** Would one of the ones that turn a USB port into a Ethernet port work? That looks like the best option, but I don't want to buy something that wont work because its connected through USB
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    I've never seen one. It probably would work as long as Linux has support for it, and it can work with it just like a normal 10/100 NIC.

    Myself, I'd just buy a PCI 10/100 network card. CompUSA sometimes has them so cheap that after the rebates they come out free. If there are any hardcore computer stores (by hardcore I mean you walk in and you are greeted by geeks that know their stuff, they got several boxes full of used crap, some computers running, you get the idea) in your area, you could probably pick up one as cheap as $3 or less, used. Every 4 months Huntsville (my closest city of any size) has a computer expo in the Von Braun Center, and I've seen 10/100's go for a buck.

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    Yeah I would get one too and install it once I become a computer tech overnight.
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    It's not rocket science. Open your computer case and just slide it in one of your (usually) white slots. Fire up your computer and BOOM you got yourself a 10/100 network card on your computer.

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    Ok. I slide it into there and how exactly do I get it to poke out of the hole that should be there?
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    dude maybe you should try opening your case.
    There are slot fillers there, all you have to do is open it up and most newer ones just pry/slide out, some older ones are 1 screw. Like they said it's not rocket science.
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