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Internet connection I have an older computer that we are trying to get up and running again so my sister has a computer to use and i was trying to connect it to the cable internet that we have but the only problem is that the computer does not have a cable line port it has a phone line port.  So, i was wondering how I can go about plugging it up to the cable internet and making it work.

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Re: internet connection

Good afternoon, Lisa Ann,
On a system that is this old, you will have to purchase a card that will allow you to hook up to cable and install it on the motherboard. I can't tell you right off hand, but would guess that it shouldn't cost more than $35-$45 for the card.

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My computer seems to disconnect the internet

Wireless or Hard Wired internet connection ?

When you set up a dial-up Internet service connection on your Windows computer, it comes automatically configured to disconnect itself after a predetermined period of inactivity.

This means that if you walk away from your computer and forget that you're online, your internet connection will automatically shut itself down.

If this feature isn't as helpful as you assumed it would be, you can turn it off using the Network and Sharing Center.

Click "Start."

Click "Control Panel."

Click "Network and Sharing Center."

Click "Change Adapter Settings."

Right-click on your dial-up Internet service icon.

Click "Properties."

Clear the check box next to the "Auto Disconnect" listing on screen.

Click "Apply."

The auto disconnect on your computer Internet service connection is now turned off.

also if its running slow

Slow computers that persistently disconnect from Internet access may have issues with the wireless setup or if on a wired connection, there may be a problem with the Ethernet cable or port.

Troubleshooting connection and speed issues can save money rather than taking the computer to a technician or repair shop.

Additionally, some firewalls and security features can make it difficult to access certain types of websites.

Before spending money to have the computer diagnosed, try running through the most common, basic causes of connection issues.

Consider the type of site you are trying to access.

High-traffic sites such as gaming sites can sometimes be affected by high volumes of users accessing or attempting to access the site at once.

Test this by attempting to access the site at different times during the day and evening; peak hours for games that typically appeal to children may be during the afternoons on weekdays while games for older or more mature audiences will see high traffic at night.

Check your Internet connectivity and determine whether you are using a wired or wireless connection.

In the lower right side of the computer screen there should be an icon displaying the Internet or network connection.

Wireless connections are displayed with connection bars similar to those seen on cell phones while wired connections may show the end of a plug next to a monitor icon.

Reset the router if using a wireless connection.

For most home routers you simply unplug the power cord from the router box, wait a moment and plug it back in.

You may have to restart your computer to reestablish a secure connection.

Access the router through the computer and check for updates. Some routers offer firmware updates that fix some connectivity issues.

While updating the router, check for Internet browser updates as well as any critical updates for your computer's operating system.

Verify the computer uses the most up-to-date version of the Web browser available.

Try a different browser. Internet Explorer is the most commonly used Web browser, but not always the best for every site.

Try downloading another Web browser such as Firefox, Opera, or Google Chrome and test the sites there.

If the connections are still disconnected and the Internet speed seems slow, it may be an Internet issue.

Wired Connections

Trace the Ethernet cable from the Internet modem to the computer if using a wired connection.

Unplug the end of the Ethernet cable and check that the plastic head is secure and that there is a click when you return the plug to the modem; do the same on the computer end.

Inspect the Ethernet cable carefully as it runs from the modem to the computer.

If the cable was tacked down with a staple gun or other attachment, check the cable to verify it wasn't accidentally pierced.

Additionally, check for bends, twists or worn areas along the cable.

Measure the length of the Ethernet cable.

In general, cables longer than 100 feet tend to receive poorer signal transmission.

If the cable is longer than 100 feet, replacing with a higher quality cable or moving the computer or Internet modem may resolve connection issues.

Hope this helps.

Nov 28, 2012 | PC Desktops

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I have an older HP Pavilion desktop and everything was fine until I booted up last evening. The problem is I can't connect to the internet.

It sounds like your DNS records are jacked up, there are multiple things that could be causing this.1. click start, then click run in the box type cmd and press enter. You'll get an ms-dos box type in "ipconfig /flushdns" no quotes. close the box and try again. 2. right click your internet connection in the taskbar and click properties. click details and then click tcp/ip v4 and click properties. make sure your computer is set to automatically recieve IP address and DNS settings. then you can try and click "use the following dns server settings, use and for the servers (these are google's dns servers)
if none of that works download and run this:
it's an automatic winsock fix

Apr 26, 2012 | HP PC Desktops

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My sister has a Motorola Droid Pro 1. And she is trying to use it as a internet connection for here pc desktop that has ubuntu 10.10 on it. How do we get the desktop and the phone to work together. Been...

you will need a usb cable to connect to computer then you will need the software of the phone installed on computer then start the software up on computer and in therethere should be some like connect to internet via computer failing that try looking through the phone manual to see if it tells you in there

Mar 13, 2011 | Motorola PC Desktops

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Just purchased an emachine laptop, have tried to access the internet wireless and the laptop is requesting a network key, I have the key and have also taken the laptop to my sisters home to access wireless...

Go to your router and turn it off for 15 seconds. Then get a toothpick and push in the reset button in when you plug it back in. Do not do this until the router is working again and fully lit. Then push the reset button.
Now go to where it says connections you should have your access name click connect and put in the password you know will connect you. If this will not connect then it is a software issue and not the hardware you will have to delete and start over reconfiguring a new wireless connection. It is not the product it is the configuration that is the issue.
Something between you Internet Provider and the password may need to be reset then you will have to go to this link. this will take you to the router page. Look for wireless connection then remove the password and create a new one. Save on page and go. Now go and re-log in again using the new password. Try this out see what happens.

Jan 22, 2011 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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My internet explorer keeps comint up with a connection error when I try to go to certain websites, (example, I can't seem to figure out why, when I can see the web site on another...

if it worked before, it can be your internet connection. check and make sure you have internet connectivity, then try to delete browsing history. Click the Safety menu at upper-right portion of Internet Explorer, then click Delete Browsing History. Then close and re-open Internet Explorer and try a simple site like to test if it works. If not, click Tools on Internet Explorer, click Internet Options. Go to its Advanced tab and click Reset button, restart your browser and test it again. Hope this would be helpful in your situation. cheers!

Oct 23, 2010 | PC Desktops

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I set up my router, which says it's connected to my computer. I have also set up my wireless on my laptop. It keeps reading that I'm not connected to the internet. The wireless adapter has worked on my...

router internet connection takes more time to connect to the internet,sometimes it took 10mins before it got the connection. make sure 1rst if the laptop was connected to router as LAN

then goto controlpanel ,then networkconnection and rightclick Local area connection,click repair

Sep 14, 2008 | PC Desktops

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I can't get my acer laptop to connetct to the internet

cannot connect to the internet is a very tedious process. first try to contact your isp provider. are you using a wired connection or wireless? is it a dialup or dsl connection? try doing this first
turn off and unplugged both your modem and computer. once unplugged press and hold the power button of your computer for 5 seconds to drain all information in the memory. next you will press the power button of your modem (unplugged) to remove all information. then after 5 minutes try to plug the power cable of your modem and turn on your modem. wait till the modem lights stabilizes and gets green then plug back your computer and then turn it on. try connecting again
try also checking your ethernet port whether it has a light at the back indicating it is working
do this also
click start>run
at the run windows type cmd
then type this ping
if you get a 0%loss that means to say that your lan or ethernet card is good and working.
try resetting your internet explorer. pullup an explorer then click on tools>internet options>advance>reset or restore
check also under internet option under connection tab lan settings. click on lan settings and make sure nothing is checked in any of the box on that page.

Jun 20, 2008 | Acer PC Desktops

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I am a new Home Max customer and I have followed the instructions to connect my Live box to my PC. My laptop is working nicely wirelessly but my PC is not. The problem is that Internet Explorer keeps...

Reinstall the Internet Explorer, that will help.
U can reinstall Internet Explorer by clicking on start, control panel, add/remove programs, add/remove windows components, remove a checkmark next to Internet Explorer.
Then restart the computer.
Again go to start, control panel, add/remove programs, add/remove windows components, put a checkmark next to Internet Explorer.
Then apply, ok and again restart the computer.
Try to connect to internet and then check.
It will not close again.
Its possible that something might have been downloaded accidently and that is interfering with the internet.
It should work.
Otherwise, go to start, run, msconfig, startup, disable all, apply, ok and he restart the computer.
It will block some programs that may interfere with ur Wireless Internet Access.
It will work.

May 22, 2008 | PC Desktops

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