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Lacoka Nostra
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I have win98 right now, and I have a asus a7v333 motherboard.
How can I tell, if my usb ports are working. Because im getting
cable tomorrow:D :D :D
 

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Do you have any peripherals that use USB to test it with?

By the way, if possible, you should use an ethernet card instead of USB, if not only to save you a USB port and possibly make things faster, but I've heard of problems with USB ethernet adapters. Found an article online that I think presents a good argument Here
 

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I have to agree, I strongly encourage you to use Ethernet for the cable connection. Keep in mind that if you get a USB only modem, you can't use a standard broadband router to share Internet access, you'll have to screw around with ICS, not nearly as nice!
 

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Lacoka Nostra
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Is a ethernet card, the same thing as a networking card?
 

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Lacoka Nostra
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Fox said:
Do you have any peripherals that use USB to test it with?

By the way, if possible, you should use an ethernet card instead of USB, if not only to save you a USB port and possibly make things faster, but I've heard of problems with USB ethernet adapters. Found an article online that I think presents a good argument Here
I have 4 USB ports, none of them are being used. Plus between
USB & ethernet, Would I be able tell the differences in modem speed or no?
 

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Lacoka Nostra
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johnwill said:
I have to agree, I strongly encourage you to use Ethernet for the cable connection. Keep in mind that if you get a USB only modem, you can't use a standard broadband router to share Internet access, you'll have to screw around with ICS, not nearly as nice!
I'm gonna use the comcast modem, they say its 3 dollars to rent.
Plus I need a routor, for Xbox Live! So I was gonna get a 4 port routor.....
 

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The modem that comcast rents to you (probably a SurfBoard SB3100 something) should support ethernet adapters. Also, a network adapter is the same thing as an ethernet adapter.
 

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Lacoka Nostra
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Well, I all ready have a networking card. Thanks you guy's for
looking out for me, with that USB/ethernet stuff!:D
 

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Would somebody please tell me how to connect a cable modem through the USB port.:D
 

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Lacoka Nostra
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Do the people who come install the cable cord. Install the drivers
& setup evering else, so your up & running or do they just install
the cable cord........
 

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STILL Stuck in a treestand....
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They'll set everything up for you.
 

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FWIW, the installers "installing everything" can be a mixed blessing. I have several clients that have paid me significant sums of money to fix what these guys screwed up. They work from a simple script, and if something goes wrong during the installation, they will muddle around and potentially really hose the system! A full image backup is MANDATORY before the installers show up!

Another issue is their desire to install the "company" software. In point of fact, all you need is the USB modem drivers, not all the crap that most ISPs want to leave you with. Comcast installs their ad server junk if you let them, as well as their own version of Internet Explorer. I don't let that CD anywhere near a machine if I'm involved in the installation. :)
 
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