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Sorry if this is in the wrong place or something.. Anyway, I was wondering how to en-able COM3 or something like that. What happened was, I originally used COM3 to connect to dial-up. I re-formatted my laptop because it was stuck with a virus and a couple other things as you could find out if you looked at an older one of my posts. Anyway, whenever I try to use dial-up it tries to connect using COM1 and I was wondering if there's a way to take it back to normal.
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COM1 is usually reserved for any serial ports left on the computer, it doesnt really matter which COM it uses.

However if you wish to change this, I believe, if memory serves that you have to change it with the registry.

Be sure to watch out what you do, this is a tricky procedure, did it once months ago for fun.

HKEY LOCAL MACHINE / HARDWARE/ DEVICEMAP / SERIALCOMM

you should have in the right pane something written, usually the name of ur modem card interface. what I have is this:

\Device\BCMModem5 COM3

BCM stands for broadcomm, which is the brand of my modem card.

in ur case it'd be something like

\Device\~modem brand and name~ COM1

change it to COM3

reboot.

the computer should change it, if not tell me, I'll test it myself, I may have forgotten something.

Cheers
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Thank you Vaillant for your help, however once I get to DEVICEMAP there is no SERIALCOMM.. The things that are there are: KeyboardClass, PARALLEL PORTS, PointerClass, Scsi, VIDEO.
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If--IF--you can switch it

right click MY COMPUTER< choose MANAGE, go to DEVICE MANAGER, go to MODEM, expand it, choose your modem, right click, choose PROPERTIES, go to ADVANCED tab and choose ADVANCED PORT settings...choose your COM port number
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Hah, my bad!

Indeed that's how you'd change it... Never crossed my mind to go into the device manager, I instead went to the modem section of the control panel, which doesnt have anything there.. anyhoo thx for the trick gerryf
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Already tried that.. But once I got to Device Manager There's no Modem thing to Expand. However there is two things under Other devices, Network Controller and PCI Modem.. Both of them have Yellow !'s.. Everything else there is normal... And the PCI Modem is the only type on Modem in the whole Device Manager.
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you do no t have the drivers installed for these devices yet

After reformattting, you still need to install them (for that matter, you must install the latest drivers for all of your hardware. Windows XP does nto come with every driver built in, and those that are there are often outdated
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I tried, but I don't know what kinda of Model or anything like that for it..
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make and model of laptop?
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Err Nvm.. So you know where I could get the Drivers? I've been looking for a while.. But I'm kinda clueless on what actually to search for.. I don't have any Discs here with me. It's a Centrino 556E Notebook.
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that is not the make and model

centrino is a trademark by Intel for the cpu and chipset combination

manufacturer is something like gateway, dell, ibm, etc...
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Heh.. I'm not Overly Clever.. This might not be it but straight from Dxdiag.
System Manufacturer: ECS
System Model: G556E Centrino
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download Everest Home

http://www.geekstogo...tion=show&id=13

unzip it, install it, and then save a report and ATTACH it to your next post.

To do this, go to FILE > SAVE AS

put it on your desktop and give it a file name

Now click the ADD REPLY button on the bottom of this thread, click the BROWSE button beneath the text bo and navigate to your desktop, select your file and click the OPEN button, and then click the ADD THIS ATTACHMENT button next to the BROWSE button

Click Add reply button
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Sorry it took so long... I saved it as a HTML

Attached Files


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http://www.ecs.com.t...nuID=37&LanID=9


Download the modem drivers above and install---indeed, download and install all of these
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