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12-04-2002, 04:28 PM
iam running win98 ,i installed my modem on port 3 it works fine but i cant see port 3 listed in device manager tab in system properties there are only port 1 , 2 and ecp printer port (lpt1)

why cant i view it there

12-04-2002, 04:51 PM
port3 is a virtual port. its shared with port1. you often find you can't connect anything to port1 due to it conflicting what you have installed on port3.

12-04-2002, 04:53 PM
It is likely that you have Software (or Win Modem).

The modem driver emulates (or creates a fake port) which it uses.

This is very common, especially with modems with Conexant Chipsets.

12-04-2002, 04:55 PM
You probably have a 'software modem' where part of the modem function is carried out by the CPU. Part of this software is a 'virtual port' that allows programs to communicate with the 'modem port', but in reality they are talking to the software that drives the modem. Hence you don't have a 'hardware' port 3.