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What is a com port?

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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.

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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2012 8:06:33 AM

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."
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.
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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.
a b V Motherboard
June 29, 2012 9:33:11 PM

It is a communications port...
July 11, 2012 3:59:56 PM

Best answer selected by Cyberhawk.
July 11, 2012 4:01:14 PM

Thanks everyone, I thought it wasn't very needed.
P.S. pacioli.... Really?...