There are no conflicts but now that the modem is finally being recognised, it loads it but COM2 which it's meant to be on does not get recognised. In modem properties the diagnostics tab shows that no modems are installed on both com1 and com 2 but foir some reason it decides to show the serial mouse installed(which it isn't). Device manager is showing that the modem's irq is 3 which is what it says in the bios. Com 2 though is set to IRQ 3 as well. I even tried a few echo commands from command prompt but got nothing which made m think that perhaps there's something loose inside. Not too sure about opening up a laptop--never had to before so will need to find some kind of diagrams to follow--hoping they're the same as a pc just squashed in together!!!
Thanks for the help MicroBell.
...cos we\'re travelling...at the speed of thought...UltraMagnetics