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dell latitude cpi

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  1. alfstone

    alfstone Thread Starter

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    I stumbled across your site and noticed a thread where you helped out a non-techie like me and I thought I would register and give it a shot. My daughter asked me to fix her Dell Latitude cpi which she uses for her college work. That was the easy bit it was a dodgy on/off button. Then she asked me to get it connected to the internet through her cable modem. I thought that would be easy too but I have spent hours on the internet trying to find what sort of adapter is needed because there is no direct socket connection to fit the modem. I would be eternally grateful for any help you can offer and it would make me look good in my daughter's eyes.
     
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    Hi allstone, and welcome to TSG.

    It might help if you told us what ports are available on the modem for connecting a computer.

    You might be able to find a PC Card to plug into the laptop that has the correct interface connector.
     
  3. Triple6

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    Most cable modems use an Ethernet jack to connect to the computer, some have a USB connection. Ethernet is by far the preferred choice.

    I don't believe the CPi's had an Ethernet controller, and I think only one USB port, but check yours as there are a few variant of the CPi series and maybe some of them did include Ethernet.

    If not then you'll need a card like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16839130013
     
  4. alfstone

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    The modem has only the usual connections - power, ethernet, usb and cable supplier. The laptop has this list

    1 Fan 2 Parallel connector 3 USB connector 4 Status indicator panel 5 Docking connector 6 Docking connector door 7 Serial connector 8 Monitor connector 9 PS/2 connector 10 Infrared port 11 PC card slot 12 Hard-disk drive 13 Security cable slot 14 Speaker
     
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    SO you could use the USB, provided she has no other USB device she wants to use, or buy a USB hub to add more USB ports. But I'd get the PCMCIA Ethernet card and do it right.
     
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