what should i know before buying a new video card and modem?

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  1. djbuzzfuzz

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    My current pc is a custom build and was done in 2002.(old i know)
    It has a dial up modem and a video card that has one monitor output.

    We have dsl at home and 51 inch flat screen tv is on the way.

    I want to upgrade the video card and the modem to fit my current needs.

    I THINK my video card is a AGP type.I found a website that had pictures of 3 different bus types and mine looks just like the one for AGP.

    What do i need to know before shopping for a new video card. I have read that video cards have a speed, and that i should replace my video card with one that has the same speed. I really want to be able to connect my flat screen tv to the computer and use the tv as the monitor via s-video cable.

    Also, my modem needs to accept the dsl line.( to me it looks like a giant telephone connection). What kind of modem do i need?

    I can post specs of my comp if someone can walk me thru how to find them.
     
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    your ISP should be providing you a modem. You need a NETWORK card. Most recent computers have one. Otherwise, spend less than $7 on a card based on the Realtek 8139 chipset for normal day-to-day usage. Based on your complete lack of knowledge on the subject it's apparant that you do not need anything better than that.

    If you have AGP, then I don't recommend buying a new video card. It will be a waste of money, imo. Save up money for a new system down the road.
     
  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    First, the modem issue. Your dsl will come with a modem.
    All you need is to have the lan connector on your computer that's just like you said, a big phone connector.
    If the computer doesn't have that, you can get one cheap. @ $10-$15.
    But i'm guessing that a 2002 computer has that.

    Forget about the "same speed" thing.

    Get what fits your budget.

    Let me know your budget, and I'll link you a good card.
     
  4. djbuzzfuzz

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    my budget is somewhere between 50-75 bux. Hopefully that will be enough to get me an s-video out so i can use my 51 inch flat screen as a monitor.

    My existing modem is a dial up. Only the regular phone line fits it.
    When we got DSL it came with a modem, and since my girlfriends computer already accepted the "big phone line" we hooked up the dsl box to hers.
    Now i want to be able to use the internet at the same time she is on. Even if we had another dsl box(modem?) the big phone connector would fit into my existing dial up.

    We also use the 2 different computers for different reasons.
    She feels he need to put everysingle program possible on hers and its super slow. Her hard drive is 92% filled.

    I use mine for mostly the net and music....
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Just so you know, S-video out to tv doesn't always work so well.

    The big phone connector that you were talking about.
    I was talking about the same one.
    Look on the back of your computer, and see if you have one.

    That's what the lan card would supply you. You would run a lan cable from your computer's lan connector to the DSL modem that your internet provider WILL supply you with. That's how it's done.

    Here's a lan card that will serve you well for $17 shipped.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833314101

    And here's a speedy 8X AGP card for $88 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129097
     
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    DSL uses a regular phone line. The modem is in its own box and it sits on a shelf somewhere. There's an Ethernet cable that connects it to your computer, preferably with a router in-between.

    You may already have an Ethernet jack on your computer -- it looks like a phone jack only wider. If you don't have one, get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156107
     
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    I love how everyone has these long posts with additional follow-up and they're all just really complicated ways of saying what I already put in the first reply :mamoru:
     
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    Except that the OPs rarely understand your first posts, until we explain how shit works.

    You're not the only one who's noticed a pattern.
     
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    your "explanations" are generally wrong.
     
  10. djbuzzfuzz

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    both of those "network" cards say "PCI"
    am i supposed to get an "AGP" version?
     
  11. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Oh, you mean the one that I made at the exact same minute that you did?

    Both of which apparently were not informative enough for thread starter?

    Do you think that maybe, just maybe, that's why I went into greater depth the second time?

    Do you think that's possible oh ogre-headed one?
     
  12. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Thank God someone else around here has some common sense.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    AGP is for the video card.

    Adaptor cards are pci on your computer.
     
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    no
     
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    no, common sense would indicate a haircut is a good thing every decade. :mamoru:
     
  16. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Hey, let me tell you what.

    If my friggin hair still grew that long on all parts of my head, I'd let it GROW, mang.
     
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    you're bald?

    I got a haircut today :wiggle:
     
  18. Peyomp

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    You enjoy being correct without being helpful. You like giving the correct answer without any explanation or context, so the asker is sure to misunderstand you. That way you get to be right, and an asshole at the same time.

    Its pretty infantile, but we forgive you. You've got a personality disorder.
     
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    technically correct is the best kind of correct.
     
  20. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I did too, coincidentally.

    On the rear 2/3 of my scalp where there's still hair. (but fading fast)
     
  21. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well techincally speaking even though you changed your sn to potroast, you're still an ogre of epic proportions.

    :wiggle:
     
  22. Peyomp

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    Technically correct is inadequate if they are asking for help, and not facts. There is no point if they don't understand you.

    Except that you get to feel cool by being a dick.
     
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    what was not to understand in my post?

    It answered his questions, and I told him exactly what to do, and how much to spend.
     
  24. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Tell him, young Peyomp.

    :)
     
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    Actually, this answer was fine.
     

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