OK and thanks. It's just that I have a couple of ADSL modems spare and my friend has just bought a PC without a modem! Does a 56k modem come on a card, external or is it an integral part of the MOBO? My old PC just connected phone line/back of PC where all the cards are situated. [France by the way]. Happy for any gen to clear up this little mystery? Thanks.
All dial-up modems are PCI cards these days, AFAIK. You used to be able to get external ones, but there's no need really, with so many PCI slots on ATX boards. They're very cheap; have a trawl of Ebuyer or similar and you can probably pick one up for less than a fiver.
Bit of background. The PC is very basic [price reflects this] and sold on the assumption the user already has ADSL to which the user would connect using USB. This was not pointed out in the shop. Just trying to find a way around the problem for a week or so until the user can get ADSL established.