Maybe you could try dialing in from something like Live Linux (no HD install required) to see if that works. I've never used dialup in Linux, but it must be there. Live Linux is a great way to determine if problems are Windows related. Oh, I just remembered, that many modems are "Win-modems" and much of the processing is in Windows and there are not necessarily Linux drivers for these.I am showing my lack of basic computer knowledge (probably) but I don't know what Linux is ..? I'm thinking though, that I am reading that you decided that I probably wouldn't be able to do that because I probably have the "win-modem"?
In a nutshell, I guess, I posted here because I had pretty much convinced myself that this must be a problem with the E521 and maybe because we only have dial-up capablilities in our area? I came to this conclusion because the exact same thing is happening with both new modems .. but we access internet with totally different ISP's. At the very beginning, I thought it was all of software that came on the computer .. running in the background, making the computer sluggish and disconnecting. (That's why I turned off the firewall) Now .. I just don't know! I guess .. because of having the same problem on both new computers .. that possibly someone else has had this problem ... ?
Thanks much for your response!
Inspiron E1505 Windows 10 / XPS 10 Windows RT
Dimension 8400 Windows 7/8
I copied this email from the "Dial-Up" modem forum area (??) .. not sure how I got there? .. And I know that I am going off in (yet) another direction .. but would me adding THIS string in for the modem, mess my connection up even more? I'm thinking that it probably wouldn't be "slowing" it down, but speeding it up and that is not what I want to do .. is that correct?
It is all very confusing for me. I am just trying to learn a little here .. so hopefully you can all bear with me.
This is the email from the other forum: "Just got my Vista machine (Whoo Hoo!!) and the one problem I had was that I just could not connect on my Modem for more that 28.8 K The lines I use let other modems connect > 45K. After A looonngg chat with Support - I stumbled on this - and it worked like a charm!! I hope it does for you ....
Put the following set up string for the modem; +MS=V92,1,28800,33600,48000,56000"
I talked to one of our techie people here at work and I am just about ready to go out and purchase a new modem (card?) to test it out that way ...