My 95 year old grandfather just purchased an Optiplex GX270 but it didn't come with a modem. He only has dial up so my question is what is the best modem to buy to fit this small computer. Thanks in advance for your help!!!
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Re: help with modem
If the Optiplex is a Standard or Mini-tower any V92 56K modem will work. If it is a Small Form Factor it will need a low or half-height(LINK) modem. Or you could always use a usb 56K external modem (LINK)
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The dial-up modem would install inside the computer in a PCI slot. VERY easy to install but a couple considerations before doing so... There are different sizes depending on whether the OptiPlex is a mini-tower or small form factor case. Also - you would need drivers for the modem that are compatible with the operating system you have installed on the computer.
It is not a good idea taking a hard drive from one computer
and using it on another. When windows is installed, it loads
all the drivers for the hardwares attached to a particular
motherboard. Your new Dell GX270 cannot function properly
with the drivers loaded for a different motherboard.
You can fix all your compatibility problems by installing a
fresh new copy of Windows 95 on your GX270.
Do you know the motherboard mfg?
if it something other than the Dell then you can get the drivers.
USB drivers are mostly generic and are available at Microsoft. there is an application called "Driver Detective" and they are good. They check the computer and get everything you need.
OptiPlex GX270 can be small form-factor, small desktop or small mini-tower. The DIMM slots and therefore maximum memroy capacity depends on the form factor. Double check our OptiPlex GX270 and find memory info below.
Memory Type 333MHz (PC2700) or 400MHz (PC3200) DDR SDRAM
Memory connectors/DIMM Slots small form-factor: 2 small desktop: 4 small mini-tower: 4
Memory capacities Supported 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, or 1GB non-ECC
Minimum memory 128 MB
Maximum memory small form-factor: 2 GB small desktop: 4 GB small mini-tower: 4 GB