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can this p&p modem harm my PC?

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  1. john1

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    dear tech support guy, I've been given an on board type modem and i want to fit it into my PC. It's made by ASKEY model no FB V1414VQH-U it has a sticker to say it comlies with BT. Im worried because the connector strips on the motherboard are longer than the connectors on the modem. The modem will physically fit ok into my PC But it only uses up about two thirds of the connector strip. Is that OK? Some people say that the motherboard should have long and short connectors for different jobs, and some people say that its OK to plug in and try it cos IT CANT DO ANY HARM. Well i dont know about that, but they arent gonna get me another PC if it does. So im asking first. The PC is a DELL Dimension P60. Running WIN 95. Thanks for any advice, John.
     
  2. LarryCore

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    There are 3 different types of slots in computers these days.

    AGP - for video cards only, will be the first slot and look different than all the others (if you have one)

    PCI - usually white, should be in the middle (between AGP and ISA), and will only fit PCI cards.

    ISA - older type slot, for older cards, should be at the bottom. This slot is broken into two parts. The first part is for 8 bit cards. The first and second are used together for 16 bit cards.

    If your modem just takes up one part, it is 8 bit, and the slot is made to take it.

    Is that what you mean?

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    Thank you Mr Core, It sounds like ISA, yes the modem only takes up part of the slot which is why i was worried. From what you say it doesnt need all of it, so I'll give it a try. Yes the DELL P60 is quite an old model. Cheers John.
     
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    Let us know what happens.

    It's just Larry, by the way. Core is where I work.

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    Just to add a little somehting. There are also AMR slots now as well. They are only used for modems and are not easy to find but they are there. For more info, check these http://www.aopen.com.tw/tech/techinside/amr.htm http://webopedia.internet.com/TERM/A/AMR.html http://whatis.techtarget.com/WhatIs_Search_Results_Exact/1,282033,,00.html?query=amr
    Here you can see the amr slot. It is the short brown slot between the white (PCI) and the black (ISA) http://www.ocworkbench.com/hardware/gigabyte/7vx/7vxp1.htm
    And here is a picture of an amr modem and the slot. Scroll to the very bottom, it is the last article on the page. http://www.ocworkbench.com/archives/dec99/991201-05.html
    and here is a review of one with another picture http://www.gideontech.com/reviews/amrmodem/

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