Compac Presario 500 question

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Hi,
I got two Compaq Presario 500 machines for free and would like to prepare
them for some junior high school kids in the neighborhood. I have loaded
Windows 98SE and MS Word, and would like to enable them for email use.
The problem is that they came with telephone plugs to connect a modem. I?fd
like to use LAN cards since I have some older PC LAN cards somewhere lying
around.
Does this model have proprietary LAN cards? In this case I?fd need to shop
for some inexpensive second hand cards.
The same goes for memory since the computers came with 16KB and 24KB only.

If upgrading these old clunkers is too expensive, I might just turn them
into fast DOS machines without an Internet connection.
Any ideas?

Thanks,
Murgi


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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    If you are referring to the old Presario 500 series all-in-one PCs
    (monitor/CPU all in one housing) they did not come with any Ethernet, only a
    modem. They have 2 available ISA expansion slots, so you would need to find
    an ISA Ethernet card.
    As for RAM, they use 72-pin, 70ns Fast Page SIMMs and came with 4MB standard
    RAM soldered on the motherboards. There are 2 SIMM slots for expansion.
    The following online retailer has the ISA Ethernet cards and SIMMs fairly
    cheap:

    http://www.computersurplusoutlet.com/

    HH


    "Murgi" <rp0000000013@127.0.0.1:7501> wrote in message
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    >
    > Hi,
    > I got two Compaq Presario 500 machines for free and would like to prepare
    > them for some junior high school kids in the neighborhood. I have loaded
    > Windows 98SE and MS Word, and would like to enable them for email use.
    > The problem is that they came with telephone plugs to connect a modem.
    > I?fd
    > like to use LAN cards since I have some older PC LAN cards somewhere lying
    > around.
    > Does this model have proprietary LAN cards? In this case I?fd need to shop
    > for some inexpensive second hand cards.
    > The same goes for memory since the computers came with 16KB and 24KB only.
    >
    > If upgrading these old clunkers is too expensive, I might just turn them
    > into fast DOS machines without an Internet connection.
    > Any ideas?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Murgi
    >
    >
    >
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    Oh, forgot. Max SIMM size is 32MB.
    HH

    "HH" <hahunt42@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:RLjqd.7$kr3.6@fe25.usenetserver.com...
    > If you are referring to the old Presario 500 series all-in-one PCs
    > (monitor/CPU all in one housing) they did not come with any Ethernet, only
    > a modem. They have 2 available ISA expansion slots, so you would need to
    > find an ISA Ethernet card.
    > As for RAM, they use 72-pin, 70ns Fast Page SIMMs and came with 4MB
    > standard RAM soldered on the motherboards. There are 2 SIMM slots for
    > expansion.
    > The following online retailer has the ISA Ethernet cards and SIMMs fairly
    > cheap:
    >
    > http://www.computersurplusoutlet.com/
    >
    > HH
    >
    >
    > "Murgi" <rp0000000013@127.0.0.1:7501> wrote in message
    > news:41a99990$1_1@127.0.0.1...
    >>
    >> Hi,
    >> I got two Compaq Presario 500 machines for free and would like to prepare
    >> them for some junior high school kids in the neighborhood. I have loaded
    >> Windows 98SE and MS Word, and would like to enable them for email use.
    >> The problem is that they came with telephone plugs to connect a modem.
    >> I?fd
    >> like to use LAN cards since I have some older PC LAN cards somewhere
    >> lying
    >> around.
    >> Does this model have proprietary LAN cards? In this case I?fd need to
    >> shop
    >> for some inexpensive second hand cards.
    >> The same goes for memory since the computers came with 16KB and 24KB
    >> only.
    >>
    >> If upgrading these old clunkers is too expensive, I might just turn them
    >> into fast DOS machines without an Internet connection.
    >> Any ideas?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Murgi
    >>
    >>
    >>
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    >> News==----
    >> http://www.newsfeed.com The #1 Newsgroup Service in the World! >100,000
    >> Newsgroups
    >> ---= 19 East/West-Coast Specialized Servers - Total Privacy via
    >> Encryption =---
    >
    >
    >
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