My friend, one thing at a time ...
There is a file or files on all Compaq and HP computers I have ever owned (more than 40 to date) that tells how to operate them. Find it and run it. If you can't find it, you can download the original software from www.hp.com/support
. Search your model. With the original software, you can find this information. Also, there are hundreds of tutorials available in print, on the WWW, at the job (your friends), and your vocational/technical night school that can help you learn about your computer. There should also be a CD or printed material that came with the device. It is good reading - really.
Your Digital Camera ... does it have a chip or a disk? Is there a USB cable for direct conenction? If a chip, and there is no spot on your Compaq to plug it in, go to the Big Box Place in your area (it is a Super Store that sells computer equipment) and get an adapter that will accept your chip and will plug into your USB port. The adapter I use is made by SanDisk.
Dial-up is a way to connect to the WWW.
Generally speaking, there are two
ways to connect. Way one
is Dial-up through your telephone line and requires a modem which you probably have in your computer. The information transfers over your telephone line at about 56,000 bits per second. Way two
is called Broadband and might be a telephone line, DSL, FIOS or cable or a satelite dish. Information travels faster over Broadband. My connection is around 8,000,000 bits per second. Some hi speed connections are faster than 25,000,000.
Broadband typically costs $40.00 or more/month and comes with a builtin ISP. Dialup uses your existing telephone line but you will need a ISP (Internet Service Provider) to call into. AOL is one example of a dialup service though they also offer other services. Prices for that start around $10.00/month. If you are interested in e-mail, dial up is fine. If you expect to play games or view TV or other video on your computer, Broadband is a must.
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