USB modem

I just changed my latest US Robotics 56k PCI Internet V.80 +V.90 to the USB Modular spec of the same spec as I was having conflict problems with the old one which chould not be resolved as I have too many devices in my comp.

What I want to know is having after installed this USB modem, is;

1) Can it be slower than a PC hardware modem? Their tech support said it might be because USB is softare driven not hardware, thereby requiring more PC processing power?

2. I dont get a dial tone or a connection talk (long piercing sounds when comp. is connecting) at all.  Tech support says this is normal with all USB modems.

3. USB modems are not good for playing games over the Internet, like Quake or Unreal Tournoment, as the ping is slower compared to normal PCI modems.

4. Like my PCI modem, the USB modem freezes for a second when it connects and disconnects.

5. Dialing in and viewing some pages on the web appear to be working slower.

Is all the above valid, and suggestions?
ey143Asked:
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1cellCommented:
will be slower due to the reasons you mentioned.  for that reason, wont be good for online games.  My advice would be to go back with the regular modem and try to find USB devices to replace others on the system.  USB is a great idea but some things are better left alone.  USB network cards are another example of this.
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ey143Author Commented:
You mean, dont have USB cards, or have do have them?

USB is supposed to be the next best thing.  It's going one step backwards if it slower for certain things like playing games....
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1cellCommented:
exactly.  it is not what everyone wants it to be as far as communications go.  For prtiners, scanners, joysticks, etc.  it can be fine.  Even for keyboards and mice.  However, things like USB speakers, modems, network cards, etc???  it's a nightmare.
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ey143Author Commented:
ive just bought a usb microsoft keyboard with 2 hubs built in.

It still has a PS2 connector and USB connector together which cannot be removed.  I was hoping to free up irq1 but hte keyboard although a USB, still uses an IRQ.

IS is not possible to delete this permanently from device manager.  Everytime I restart windows, it automatically looks for an installs a normal keyboard.
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1cellCommented:
unfortunately the keyboard will always be IRQ1.  There are some things you just can't get around with IRQ's.  System clock, IRQ cascade, etc.  Placing a device on these IRQ's would cause definate problems.
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1cellCommented:
ey143, what's your status?
are your questions answered?
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ey143Author Commented:
Ok but if its a USB keyboard it should not be IRQ based though.

And again, what about the fact that this USB modem does not make any sounds whatsoever when dialing.

Is this a common feature with USB modems?
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1cellCommented:
The USB keyboard is not IRQ based but that IRQ is still not availble for other devices and they were never intended to be on that IRQ in the first place.

As for the sound.  It is possible that the modem doesn't have speaker but you can verify if this function by:

double click my computer
double click control panel
double click modems
click the properties button
is there a volume control there?

if not, you don't have the function
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ey143Author Commented:
Yes there is a volume control there, that is why I dont understand why there are no sounds.

Manufactuer says all USB modems are like this.  I wanted to know if that was true or not.
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1cellCommented:
I would say if they tell you that, it might be true.  There is a chance that the speaker is bad and they're just telling you that so they don't have to give you another one.  It is strange that they're driver would include the volume control if it didn't do anything.
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1cellCommented:
glad I could help you a bit.  If you have other questions, let me know.
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