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Internal Modem for Pentium I 160

By danielhwilson ·
I have an old Pentium I 160 from work that needs a modem. I bought a new modem for it, but it wouldn't install, because it needed a computer with MMX technology. I also tried installing a couple old conexant and rockwell chipset modems in it, but I couldn't find drivers to work with them. Any advice as to where I could purchase a model with driver that would work with an original Pentium? These are Compaq desktops.

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Dan Wilson

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by TheChas In reply to Internal Modem for Pentiu ...

What you need is a true HARDWARE modem.

The modems that will not install are controllerless, software, or "Win-Modems".

Even if you could find drivers, the performance of a software modem on a 160MHz system would be very poor.

You can try the links from www.modemhelp.org for drivers for the other modems.
However, Rockwell/Conexant made some OEM modems that only function with the original OEM drivers. If you can identify the brand of PC they came from, you might have a chance.

You can also try to look through the posted drivers at www.driverguide.com

I know that Zoom still offers a hardware modem.

Expect to pay $50 and up for a hardware modem.

Chas

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by danielhwilson In reply to Internal Modem for Pentiu ...

Thanks, not what I wanted to hear, but at least I know what's going on now.

I have a Rockell modem that I pulled out of a Compaq Pentium III 450 MHz machine. Is there a way to tell if this is a hardware modem, and if it will work in the pentium I? The modem manufacturer is CIS technology series m1-5614pm3a high speed fax modem. Probably produced in 1997. Do you think it is worth trying to find a driver for it?


Dan

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by TheChas In reply to Internal Modem for Pentiu ...

2 ways to tell if a modem is likely a hardware modem:

1. It has configuration jumpers.
2. The circuit board is FULL of parts. A hardware modem has 2 - 3 times the parts of a software modem.

A couple of sources for low cost modems:
www.compgeeks.com
www.computersurplusoutlet.com
www.pcliquidator.com

Selection varies from day to day.
I have seen 56K hardware modems at each for under $25

As to the modem from the Compaq, I suspect that it is a software modem, just from the age of the PC.
I would look up the Compaq model for specifications, and drivers.

Chas

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by danielhwilson In reply to Internal Modem for Pentiu ...

Thanks again! I downloaded a driver for the modem from driverguide, and wasn't able to install it even though I'm sure this driver should work. Had the part number of the modem and manufacturer. I'm sure it is a software modem. I'll check out the links. Maybe I'll get lucky and find an affordable hardware modem.


Dan Wilson

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