Acer travelmate 512DX

i bought this as a cheap computer for my grangies to play on . what do i need to make it go onto broadband. its on dialup at the moment cheers

geek_rufa1nz, Jul 19, 2:40 pm

a broadband router and a broadband plan/connection.

geek_0800xford, Jul 19, 3:00 pm

i am already on broadband . . is there something that i need for the laptop to change it from dialup to b band?

geek_rufa1nz, Jul 19, 3:06 pm

does it have an ethernet port? or maybe you could use usb.

geek_0800xford, Jul 19, 3:08 pm

is this it?

www.shopping.com/xPO-Acer-TravelMate-512DX-91-45C01-80F

geek_0800xford, Jul 19, 3:12 pm

cheers a ethernet port is whats needed. . now to find one

geek_rufa1nz, Jul 19, 3:16 pm

it may be hidden under a little plastic 'cap' if it has one...

geek_0800xford, Jul 19, 3:19 pm

im picking that its in the same place as the dialup ph plug goes into. if thats true then i guess the whole card or plug thing has to be changed

geek_rufa1nz, Jul 19, 3:21 pm

you can get usb > ethernet adapters

geek_0800xford, Jul 19, 3:22 pm

like this, not that i have used one...

www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Cables-adaptors/Networking/aucti
on-303427905.htm

geek_0800xford, Jul 19, 3:24 pm

cheers but this unit only has 1 usb p[ort

geek_rufa1nz, Jul 19, 3:27 pm

perhaps you could get a usb hub...

is this machine really worth spending any money on?

geek_0800xford, Jul 19, 3:28 pm

yea mate . my grandies get a buzz outa playin on the computer while here. and for the small outlay im sure it will be worth it . even if they break it. but cheers for your help . im a back in the dark ages guy . so your a saviour indeed

geek_rufa1nz, Jul 19, 3:30 pm

heh, have you ever tried puppy linux?
http://distrowatch.com/puppy

geek_0800xford, Jul 19, 4:00 pm

lol mate i have troubles playing with windows.

geek_rufa1nz, Jul 19, 4:11 pm

i just dont know enough to even start to go there

geek_rufa1nz, Jul 19, 4:11 pm

off topic, that turkey who gave you a red = blacklisted, a bit of a repeat offender too.

geek_0800xford, Jul 19, 4:13 pm

if tha'ts it I hope you didnt' pay more than $50 for it... ... ... and it *should* have an ethernet port... ... ... . .

geek_drcspy, Jul 19, 4:15 pm