[Coco] Modem ISP Problem (sort of OT)
zootzoot at cfl.rr.com
Fri Aug 26 23:00:53 EDT 2005
On Fri, 26 Aug 2005 21:13:46 -0400 (EDT), you wrote:
>Since we all have to connect to the Net to use this group, this is not
>Anyway, why would a vintage 2000 56KB modem stop working with some dial-up
>sites and not others?
>My ISP has three phone numbers -- two local (toll free), and one in a nearby
>city (Portland, ME) that costs me 15 cents/minute. About a month ago (after
>some storms went thru the area, maybe), the two local sites stopped working
>with my modem, but the money-sucking site still works same as ever.
>The two local sites answer the phone and go thru all the swish-swish and
>dang-a-dang-bong protocol sounds, but after a minute of this chatter my PC gives
>up and moves on to the next phone number. I can't tell which sounds
>originate at my end versus the ISP end.
>The weird thing is that a neighbor's PC still works just fine on the local
>sites! Maybe her modem is more modern in some way? Mine is a US Robotics
>I've reported this to the ISP (AOL), got a form reply that "they're working
>on it", but I doubt it.
>I suspect the local sites have been reconfigured to no longer support my
>modem's protocol, but the Portland site still does.
>Anyway, maybe there are some modem gurus out there with theories.
>Change some modem internal settings?
>Re-flash the modem's internal ROM (if possible)?
>Buy a new (internal) modem card, and save this one for my Linux box if I
>ever put it on line?
>Thanks, Mike K.
Pick up a regular phone and dial those two numbers, do you hear any
crackling or any kind of noise? If you do, call the phone company and
complain about it.
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