How to Install an Internal Dialup Modem in Your Computer

Installing an internal dialup modem on your computer is a wise investment. Internal modems cost less than half the price of external modems, and they’re usually better quality. Plus, you can’t lose an internal dialup modem (unless your whole computer disappears), and you can’t step on the modem, as you can with those tiny USB modems.

1

Turn off your PC, unplug it, and remove your computer’s case.

If you’re adding a new internal modem — not replacing your old one — jump to Step 3. Otherwise, proceed to Step 2.

2

Find your existing modem living in a plastic slot on your computer’s flat, circuit-filled motherboard.

See that row of metal slots toward the back of your computer’s case? Those metal slots are where you plug in many of your computer’s cables. Look to see where you plug in your phone cable — that’s the back end of your internal modem card; the bottom of the card rests inside a slot.

3

With a small screwdriver, remove the single screw that holds the modem card in place; then pull up on the card until it pops out of the slot.

If you’re adding a new card to an empty slot, remove the screw holding the cover in place and then remove the cover. Also, save that screw (from the old card or the cover) because you need it to secure the new card in place.

4

Line up the tabs and notches on the new card’s bottom with the notches in the slot, and then push the card slowly into the slot.

You may need to rock the card back and forth gently. When the card pops in, you can feel it come to rest. Don’t force it!

5

Secure the card in the slot with the screw you removed in Step 3.

Yep, those delicate electronics are held in place by one screw.

6

Replace the computer’s case, plug the computer back in, and turn it on.

Windows usually recognizes newly installed cards and sets them up to work correctly.

7

If your modem came with one with the word “Phone” or an icon of a phone next to it.a CD, be sure to insert it when Windows 7 begins clamoring for drivers.

Drivers are translation software that helps Windows 7 talk to new parts.

8

Connect a phone cable from the modem’s Line jack to the phone jack in the wall.

If you need a place to plug in your telephone, plug it into the modem’s second phone jack.

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