Solved What is a com port? Tags: Motherboards Comm Port Gaming Last response: July 11, 2012 4:01 PM in Motherboards Share Cyberhawk June 29, 2012 8:01:34 AM Hello, I'm building my first gaming rig and I was just wondering what the com port is actually for? Ty in advance. More about : port Best solution bartholomew a b V Motherboard a b 4 Gaming June 29, 2012 8:06:33 AM Share COM ports are traditionally hardware Serial ports. which were generally used for Keyboard & mouse. "The Microsoft MS-DOS and Windows environments refer to serial ports as COM ports: COM1, COM2,..etc." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_port jsc a c 156 V Motherboard June 29, 2012 9:14:01 PM No modern gaming system needs an RS232 serial (COM) port. Motherboards tend to still include them for legacy purposes but the port is usually an unoccupied 9 pin header on the motherboard. If your motherboard does not have one, it is no big deal. Like I said above, you will not need it for gaming. Related resources How to connect an old COM port device to a computer with only a USB? - Forum Configure usb port for com 1 - Forum XP only lists one com port - Forum Usb device and com port location - Forum Reassign usb port to com 3 - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer dish_moose a b V Motherboard a b 4 Gaming June 29, 2012 9:30:39 PM I use com ports if I'm using embedded micro-controllers for various purposes - serial is still a very easy communications interface to use - just don't try and get large data in/out in a fast way. As stated above - not likely to miss them. -Bruce pacioli a b V Motherboard June 29, 2012 9:33:11 PM It is a communications port... Cyberhawk July 11, 2012 3:59:56 PM Best answer selected by Cyberhawk. Cyberhawk July 11, 2012 4:01:14 PM Thanks everyone, I thought it wasn't very needed. P.S. pacioli.... Really?... Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumMissing port ( com - lpt) in windows 7 ForumCom port ForumFax modem is not detected on serial port com 1 ForumHow to reassign high com port assigment to lower unused com ports in windows 7 ForumNew Build and com port question ForumCom port ForumApplication using com port ForumHow to change com port number for pci slot in windows xp Forumsite:tomshardware com hp mini usb flash drive v165w port ForumHow to free a com port if it is using by another application ForumP7h57, i5-760 and 2x8gb ForumVirtu mvp sli/what port Forum[Asus] What sata port do I plug my SDD into? ForumWhat is the reason for usb port not reconized the motherboard ForumAsus Maximus Formula II mobo- what SATA port to install Vertex2 SSD ? More resources Read discussions in other Motherboards categories BIOS Boot Chipsets ASRock Asus Chaintech DFI Elitegroup FIC Foxconn Gigabyte Intel MSI-Microstar !