Adding a New Port?

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How do you add a new port to XP Pro?

I found how you add one to a printer, but not a com port by itself (for a modem for example).

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I would have thought that provided the port was activated (ie. through the BIOS), then XP would detect it automatically and install whatever was necessary to get it going.

Have you recently added some extra ports? Have they been enabled in BIOS?
 
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The device driver (in the case of a soft modem) adds the port.

You can only add physical ports where there is hardware underlying them.

Software "virtual ports" are added by their respective drivers.
 

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Well here is what is going on. We installed a new modem. When we go to use it we get an error message saying that it can't open the port (com 3).

When we go in device drivers there is no com 3. Just com 1 and 2. We tried reinstalling, even moving the modem to a new slot inside the computer, but this same error always appears :(
 

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finwood said:
Try the Add Hardware (Communications Port) in Control Panel
Sorry it did not work. No com 3 was created :(

When we go to use the modem it says it cannot open the port. When we go to device manager, we noticed that com 3 was never made. We need to learn how to make a new port (com 3) so that the modem can be used. We are new to XP so that is the biggest problem :eek:
 
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