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I have a Dell Latitude CPi laptop. I like it very much but I cannot figure where to plug in the telephone line. Can you help.

At first I thought this was going to be an easy question. Most laptops have a very obvious phone socket, usually in the back.

Sometimes things aren't so obvious.

It appears that the Dell Latitude CPi does not have a built-in modem, and it's the modem that you need to connect to a phone line.

The Dell Support web site does a good job of providing information about their various computers. In this case, here are images of the front and back of the machine. And here are the specs on the machine.

In a case like this, you'll need to purchase either a PC Card modem (inserts into the PC Card slot in your laptop), or an external modem (which would connect via a cable to the serial connector in the back of your laptop.)

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September 30, 2008 6:52 AM

i just bought a dell studio 1536 laptop i think i see where the phone line goes but when i plug it in and try dial up it say modem is being blocked.does this have a modem or do i have to buy one?i have a express card that is being mailed to me will that fix my problem if so?

sylvia morris
December 28, 2012 3:54 PM

I don't have a receptable on modem for router, can I buy something to make it work?

It really, REALLY depends on the exact model of equipment you have, but in general the answer is no.

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