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Are there computers without internal modems?

by raman125 / July 21, 2013 4:24 AM PDT

Hi, I am actually interested in a simple machine in which I can do microsoft office, and store files in a separate usb if needed. I do not need/want internet.

I am wondering if there are any such computers still sold, in which I can do microsoft office and similar personal work, but which does not have internet options or internal modems. Thanks.


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Most PCs have modems, NICs, or WiFi
by wpgwpg / July 21, 2013 4:46 AM PDT

I don't recall seeing a computer in recent years that didn't have either a dial modem, NIC connector for a network cable, or WiFi. However, if you buy a computer with one or more of these, it's very easy to disable them via Device Manager.

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Not really
by Jimmy Greystone / July 21, 2013 6:02 AM PDT

Not really, since you're in a very small minority. However, just because they exist doesn't mean you have to use them and it would likely make the unit cost more to try and find one without those options rather than cheaper. Just one one of the counter-intuitive things about mass production.

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I thought if you are using MS_OS,
by Oldartq / July 21, 2013 6:47 AM PDT

you have to activate the thing. Even if you could save 50 cents when they produce the computer but I bet there will be lot more people complaining not having built-in LAN but I am not sure if computer have built-in modem though.

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Not if
by Jimmy Greystone / July 21, 2013 10:59 AM PDT

Not if you buy a brand name system. The OS will come activated and activate automatically if it's installed on hardware from that vendor. Also, unless MS nixed the phone option, you can call in and get an activation number if you're that determined to keep offline.

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thanks for the replies
by raman125 / July 21, 2013 12:53 PM PDT

Thanks to all for the replies. In conclusion, there are no computer-like machines that simply would replace the old type-writer, with an microsoft office like capability: one has to be part of the internet world. One of my background reasons was also in part reflecting on the recent (lack of) privacy issues, to see if we can do our work with a sense of absolute security from any possibility of external monitoring. I know that people elsewhere (like computer technicians) can literally see my screen if I give them permission, so there is the question to what extent hackers-high-up in authority ladder can achieve such in our computers even without such permission or my typing in an access code. So I thought the best bet is to have a machine without any such internet capability.

Would I be correct that disabling the internet modem in the computer using devise manager will guarantee this? (I presume we can re-enable the feature as and when we like.)



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Just because it has a modem or
by glb613 / July 21, 2013 8:13 PM PDT
In reply to: thanks for the replies

built-in Wifi doesn't mean you have to get online. You can disable both in the device manager

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Just don't plug it into the internet connection
by volvogirl / July 22, 2013 8:40 AM PDT
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Don't plug an ethernet cable from it into a modem or router. If it has a wireless card you can disable it.

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