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Undetected com port 3

Modem connects to com port 3. Not listed in device manager. Only lists com port 1 and printer port. Fresh format of hard drive didn't help. Windows 2000 SP4. help

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You may have to enable the other com ports. You go into the Control Panel and click on Add&Remove Hardware. When the first window shows up with everything that is already installed list, look at the top of the list. Highlite Add New Device. When ask, choose Select From A List. Then select COM Port and follow the wizard.

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Please open the Device manager, you can locate the device listed next to MODEMS in the device manager.
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How to configure a wired/wireless home network


In this guide I will go over the steps needed to setup a basic home network. In this network, we will have a desktop computer, a wireless laptop, printer, router and cable modem.


*All devices should be turned off at this point*

1) The cable modem which is usually provided by your internet service provider, should be connected to your coaxial cable(broadband internet) that is active, and can be anywhere in your household. This modem can also be for DSL connections(phone line).

*If you only have one device you wish to connect to your home network, this device can plug directly into the modem and you will not need a router*

2) Next, you will need to connect the router to the modem. You will use a Cat5 cable to do this. It is also commonly referred to as a Ethernet cable or patch cable. On the modem, you will see a Ethernet port, plug one end of the cable to this port. On the router, you will see many Ethernet ports. The port you wish to use to connect the modem to the router is usually separated from the other ports and may be labeled (modem or internet). The ports labeled 1-6 for example are your LAN ports and normally for computers etc. So, plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into the port labeled modem or internet that is away from the other ports.


3) Now, for each device you wish to have wired network access(computers, laptops, game consoles) you will need to plug an Ethernet cord into each one, and plug the other end into one of the LAN ports on your router.

4) Power on the cable modem, wait 30 seconds then power on the router.

4) Next, you will need to power on your desktop in order to configure the router. Please consult your routers manual in order to do so.

5) Once your router is configured, you should be able to access it from any of your devices and these devices should have access to the internet. If you wish to have wireless access also, you will need to setup wireless security, password and a SSID. Your SSID is the name you give the router, and this is the name that will show up when you search for routers within range of your computer. Below is a picture of a list of wireless access point SSID.


6) At this point there are several ways to connect a printer. For simplicity, you can connect it to one of the computers, and give access to the other computers. The following guide will go over this step,

I hope this guide helps you in your quest to setup a basic home network. There are many factors that come into play and additional steps may need to be taking but this will get you started!


on May 04, 2011 | PC Desktops

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When I go into My Computer to look at my Com Ports, port 1 is not there anymore. Because of this my modem does not work.

If your modem is no longer detected you may need to reinstall the driver or in Windows-speek you will have to "Update" your driver.

Right click on "My Computer," go to "Properties," and then to "Device Manager." Here you will see a list of all items connected or supported on the computer. Go to "Modems" find your modem and "Update Driver Software." If you do not see it there either then under "Action" at the top of the Device manager screen go to "Add Legacy Hardware." Follow the prompt and install the modem!


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I installed the Hitachi 500GB hard drive in my computer running Windows Vista. The device manager recognizes the drive, but I cannot figure out how to format it to store data

If you added the HDD, you will need to open Disk Management (Control Panel, Administrative tools, Computer Management, Disk Management)
The added drive should be listed as disk 1, right click it and INITIALIZE the drive, then format it, then it will be assigned a drive letter and be accessable

Jan 23, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Got a emachine desktop model EL1331G when i plug

Have you ever gotten on line with your system? I just checked out the specs and it doesn't list a modem as a feature. It does, however, list an RJ45 connection port and this is strictly for Ethernet.

If you had a modem installed, I would suggest you go to Device Manager, (right click on My Computer, select Properties, Hardware and click on the Device Manager button). Find Modem in the list, click on the '+' sign to expand and uninstall the modem. Reboot the system and see how that works out.

Let us know how you made out.



Dec 30, 2009 | PC Desktops

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How do I find my E drive, I could use it and see it before, now I can not see it and I have pictures on it that i want. It is my second hard drive, my C drive is fine.

It should be listed under MY COMPUTER. If it is a seperate hard drive, it should be listed under Disk Drives in DEVICE MANAGER (there will be two listings). If it is a patitioned drive, check in CONTROL PANEL, ADMIN TOOLS, COMPUTER MANAGEMENT, then DISK MANAGEMENT. It should be listed there. If it is listed, look for problems listed. If not listed, your computer does not know it exists. Check the wiring connections to the drive itself.

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I Can Not See My [D:] drive Icon ....sec. HD

Did you just open the hard drive and install it out of the box? If that is what you did, then the computer its self will see the hardware but vista or any other operating system for that matter wont read it without a partition hence no drive a partition program like easius partition manager or partition commander and create your partition and windows will be able to see the drive. Once windows see's the drive then you have to format it! Once its formatted then your up and running. I hope this helps, comment back and let me know...thanks

Sep 27, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Am trying to connect to the internet using my current computer and am getting no flashing light or connection to the internet although it says the modem is installed correctly on com port 3 when i have a...

in the control panel, device manager, remove the com ports then the modem. Restart the computer and the OS will reinsatll the com ports and the modem should be on a good port 3.

Sep 27, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Sweemissy, i have no ip address on my computer

Sweetmissysu -

There could be any number of issues causing the loss of connectivity - NIC drivers not properly installed/configured, modem/router settings incorrect, etc. I need to get more information from you...

WHen you reinstalled everything, how did you go about doing that? Did you erase/format the hard drive and reinstall Windows, or did you use a Dell recovery CD?

Also, after reinstalling, did you install the network adapter's drivers?

It would be a great help if you could send me a list of problematic system devices. To do this, on your computer:
1. Click Start.
2. Click Run.
3. In the Run dialog, type in "Control Panel" with quotes removed, and click OK.
4. In the Control Panel, open System.
5. At the top of the System Properties screen, you'll see a tab labeled Hardware. Click it.
6. Click the button labeled Device Manager.
7. You should see a list of system devices. In that list, I'll need you to write down and send me all of the devices listed under Other Devices. Also, if you see a category entitled Network Adapters, please send me the names of devices listed in that category.

You can post the list(s) in a response to this thread, and this should give me an idea of what needs to be done on your system.


Jun 11, 2008 | Dell OptiPlex GX270 PC Desktop

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I have replaced my D slave drive, from a Maxtor 150gb to a Seagate ST3500630A 500gb. It shows up in device manager, but not in explorer. I have Windows XP pro.


Right click on My Computer Icon on desktop.
Select Manage
Double-click on storage on right side window.
Double-click disk management.

Should see your hard drive listed. Right Click on it and select format. Make sure you select right drive to format as is erases all data.

After formatting close window and see if it is listed in explorer.

Hope this helps!

Mar 24, 2008 | PC Desktops

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