Shouldn't any computer work with my cable modem?

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Paul, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Ok, I was going to buy a laptop from this fella off Craigslist,
    when we connect the CAT 5 cable from my Motorola SB5120 cable
    modem, his Compaq Presario C700 couldn't recognize the modem for
    some reason.

    This left me wondering, because everytime I re-format a HD and
    re-install Windows XP on my desktop, there is never a problem
    connecting to the
    cable modem, and using the internet.

    If Windows XP automatically recognized my cable modem, I would
    hope Windows Vista should too.

    I recall once having to give Cox communication either my serial
    number, on a MAC address, but once that was worked out, I never
    had to install drivers for XP to recognize the cable modem.

    His reasoning was that I would have to do some software
    but why with Vista and not XP? Isn't it possible there was something
    wrong with the network interface card on his laptop, and he was
    to hide it?
    Paul, Jul 8, 2011
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  2. Paul

    F8BOE Guest

    Ok, so why don't you get a router to avoid all your MODEM recognition
    problems? With a router in between it's just configuring it and plug'n'play.

    The "problem" could be that winboobs configured your eth port as reverse
    wired and not strait wired... On Apple hardware the configuration is
    automatic but in winboobs it has to be configured by hand. Don't ask me how,
    I dont use M$.
    F8BOE, Jul 9, 2011
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  3. Paul

    JD Guest

    Reboot the modem. Remove the power to the modem, wait 30 seconds, plug
    the power back in.
    JD, Jul 9, 2011
  4. Paul

    N. Miller Guest

    So much bunk. Ethernet is wired only one way on the computer. With Windows,
    as with MAC, either it works, or it doesn't work.
    N. Miller, Jul 9, 2011
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