I have a Compaq R3000. When I lived in the city and had broadband, I installed several Linux distros on it, and they all worked. I didn't even have trouble with Slackware. Now I live in the country where broadband is not available, and I can't even get a line-of-sight for satellite internet. It's dialup or nothing, and there's where I've run into a problem. This system has a built-in Agere AC97 softmodem. It works with Mepis 3.4 through 6.5 ... sometimes. I'd just buy a serial hardware modem, but there's no RS-232 port. There may be a USB hardware modem that would work, but it's hard to tell which one - and many of them are actually Winmodems/softmodems even if they don't say it on the box. Any ideas? I really like Linux much better than Windows, even XP.