Hello, I'm sorry to be asking such a newbie question but for my computer I bought a graphics card that's a little big. I have 2 PCI slots for my Dimensions 4700. One has a Linkys Wireless Router card and the other has the factory direct connection to the internet card (don't know the name of it). My question is will it be ok for me to remove the card which enables direct connection to the internet so, I can have room?
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Mention the model of video card so the gurus here can tell you if your computer model and its power supply can handle it. Why do you need a wireless card? If the router is close by or you can move it closer, you can use the ethernet card--probably what you call the direct connection--and an ethernet cable. All wireless routers have 4 or more ethernet ports you can use. Wireless is normally used for laptops that move around. An ethernet connection is more stable and needs no setup. It just needs to be plugged in.
The Dimension 4700 has an integrated Ethernet interface on the motherboard, so it doesn't seem likely that the card you are looking at is for a network interface. I would think it more likely that it is a telephone modem card; does it have two telephone jacks on the end of the card you can see from the back of the computer? If that is indeed what it is there should be no problem with removing the card.
Assuming you don't use that dial-up modem to connect to the internet, and you remove the card, don't forget to go into Device Manager, find the entry for the modem, and disable it (set it to "Do not use this device").
Don't Uninstall the modem because that will remove its drivers and software. You never know when you might need that dial-up modem again. Been there, done that!
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