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A question of ports....

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kevineatspen, Sep 24, 2003.

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  1. kevineatspen

    kevineatspen Thread Starter

    Sep 19, 2003
    I was wondering if basically anyone could explain to me about ports in that in the device manager under ports there is COM1 listed and the printer port LPT1.My Modem is using COM port 4 though, so arent individual ports listed?
    I know this is probably basics to most on here but I find it quite confusing.
    Is COM 1 an external port and so would be used for an external modem or something like that?
  2. BillC


    May 28, 2003
    You might find a free program called Active Ports a useful tool to monitor the usage of your computer's ports.
  3. Lurker1


    Jan 30, 2001
    Only the serial ports physically on the motherboard are listed in the ports section of device manager. The other com port (3 or 4) should show up under modems. If you disable the motherboards serial ports in the bios then com 1 or 2 can be assigned to the modem.
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