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NoobyNewb

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I'm in search if there exists a way to provide an older computer with only a serial port to an ethernet cord. I have an old Dimension P443c and am very close to getting it alive. I want internet, but I have digital internet (Comcast.)

The only other port is a phone line, and I don't think that you can use internet through that.

Any ideas?
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Murray S.

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Howdy and welcome to GTG:

To my knowledge, there is no such beast to do what you are hoping for.

As for using the phone jack in the computer, you can connect to the net via dialup.

As I cannot find anything about it online, is this a laptop or desktop?

Do you know the processor speed and the amount of ram installed?

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Edited by Murray S., 02 September 2009 - 12:41 PM.

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NoobyNewb

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I just found a USB - Ethernet in my basement.

I think the problem is solved, unless when I turn on the computer tonight once I get my power cord, it doesn't work. If that's the case, I have tons more work to do.
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Emm you could just install a nic card. I am sure you still can find an ISA BUS card for a few bucks.
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What do those cards do?
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rshaffer61

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They give your system a ethernet connection like what broadband connections use.
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Since you confused me...

How about, is there just a way to be able to connect my computer to the internet using an ethernet cord?
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Not without an NIC (network interface card). Your only other option is to subscibe to an Internet provider that uses dial-up. Then you could use the phone jack that is installed in the computer.

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Maybe this will help
Yellow cable is Ethernet
Other cable is Phone
There has to be a larger phone style connection to be able to attach the Ethernet cable to the system.
That connection is called either Ethernet or NIC
Same thing just depends on who is saying it.
The card is designed to give faster connection to internet. Phone lines are limited to 56k unless on DSL or Digital Subscriber Line as they are known.
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I'm very familiar with ethernet cords and the differences.

My only question is about connecting this computer to the internet using ethernet.

Now, what are these NIC cards, where do you get them, how much do they cost, and how do you install them?
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Nic card is the ethernet card that gets installed inside your system into one of the slots on your motherboard.
Now depending on what type of slot your motherboard has will determine what type of card you will need.
ISA or PCI
The cards can run from 10.00 USD and up.
To install it you would have to open the system up and insert it into the corresponding slot on the motherboard.
You can call Dell at 1-800-449-3355 and ask them directly what type of slots your system has and if it is even possible to install a NIC card in your system.
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Thanks guys.

Found out it can run a PCI NIC card.

Gonna be picking up one soon once it's ressureccted.

Thanks.
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Good job and congratulations.
Now make sure it is 10-\100 base-T card
This way you will get full speed from your Internet Provider.
Then if you need help to install it just post back here and we will try assist you with it.
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Make sure its 10/100/1000 is what he Means.

Those are all speeds for the Nic Card.
10mbs.
100mbs
1000mbs


:) If I had the money I'd go 1000mbs.
But Sadly I don't DSL is 100mbs.
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The system is to old for the newest cards out there
A 10\100 base T card is the best that is going to work with the system
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