How to Use Dial-Up on the Acer Aspire One Laptop

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How to Use Dial-Up on the Acer Aspire One Laptop
The Acer Aspire One requires an adaptor to connect to the Internet through dial-up. (phone cable and jack image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

The Acer Aspire One is an inexpensive netbook designed for portability. This laptop computer is devoid of most external hardware (including a CD/DVD drive) and has a smaller screen, keyboard and mouse pad than a typical laptop. However, a user can connect to the Internet with the computer, although an adaptor is required to use a dial-up Internet connection.

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Things you need

  • USB to dial-up adaptor
  • Phone cable
  • Dial-up installation CD

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect the laptop to a wireless Internet source prior to setting up a dial-up connection. This is required, as there is no CD/DVD drive on the computer. You typically can get free Wi-Fi access at coffee shops, restaurants, schools or hotels.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the website of the manufacturer of the USB to dial-up adaptor. Locate the company's support webpage, go to "Downloads and Drivers" or a similar heading, then choose your adaptor and click the driver download. After the file has downloaded to the computer, double-click it to load the installation wizard. Follow the prompts of the wizard to completely install the driver onto the computer.

  3. 3

    Insert the USB end of the adaptor into one of the USB ports on the Acer Aspire One (there are three on the computer).

  4. 4

    Connect the phone line running from the wall into the open phone line connection port on the other side of the adaptor.

  5. 5

    Download the dial-up software (you need to connect the Acer to a local Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection to do this; coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and libraries typically offer Wi-Fi). This is obtained from the dial-up provider's website for free (typically Net Zero or Juno). Wait for the installation wizard load onto the screen.

  6. 6

    Accept the license agreement, then click "Next" for the installation name and location. Select your current location (choose the city, state and zip code). A list of local telephone numbers is displayed. Select a phone number with the same area code as yours (to avoid long distance charges when connecting to the Internet). Set a password in order to access the Internet and choose "Continue." Click "Install" and the dial-up software installs onto the computer.

  7. 7

    Launch the dial-up connection software, type in the required password and click "Connect." The Acer laptop now is connected to the Internet.

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