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    New to XP questions

    Just got my new computer running Win XP Home and I have a number of issues that I would like to resolve. Here are 3 to begin with. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    1) If I disconnect the Internet connection and then try reconnect, the modem dials in etc., and then sits there waiting to verify my login and password forever. It never connects. The only way to reconnect is to reboot.

    2) I'm using the exact same telephone wire, etc. that my old computer used (Win 98SE) which used to connect to my ISP avg. 40k. This new computer connects at only 28.8k?? Both have 56K V90 modems. That's absolutely unacceptable. Any hints on what I can do to increase my connection speed?

    3) My "Windows Update" icon that used to sit in the SystemTray is gone. How can I get it back?

    I'll be back with more questions as time progresses..... <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>

    Jeff
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    Re: New to XP questions

    1. It is hard to say the exact cause. Sometimes firewall programs cause similar effect, for example, ZoneAlarm when not running. Look for other Internet-related programs running on your machine.

    2. Try to upgrade your modem driver from Windowsupdate or from your modem manufacturer webpage.

    3. Icons in System Tray shows running programs only. You can put a shortcut to Windowsupdate webpage into Quick Launch toolbar (that one on the bottom next to Start button. To do this:
    a) Open Windows Explorer or "My Computer", then click Tools | Folder Options | View button and check "Show hidden files and folders" radio button and uncheck "Hide file extensions for a known file types" and "Hide protected operating system files". Confirm your choice and click OK
    [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] Open Cocuments and Settings< your username >Application DataMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch folder and from File menu choose New | Shortcut. On the next screen, type in the "Location" box:
    http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
    and Windows Update (or something else) as a name of the shortcut. You can change the icon of your new shortcut (right-click it, from pop-up menu choose Properties, Shortcut, Change Icon button)

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    Re: New to XP questions

    Are you using AT&T as the ISP? That sounds like the typical problems their dialer has with new versions on Windows. Unfortunately, it also takes them as much as a year before they come out with a dialer that is completely compatible with new Win versions if they don't think those versions will be used by "home users." I refuse to trust access to my data to the whims of the Registration/Activation Wizard, so I can't say for sure if their current dialer has that problem with XP.
    Legare Coleman

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    Re: New to XP questions

    Hi Jeff
    1. quite sure XP firewall is turned off? It won't function properly for me either.
    2. The 'connection speed' has nothing to do with speed of net data. It's simply the speed your computer and modem communicate i.e. your Port speed. You may be able to up it by improving your modem Com port (make sure it's set to the maximum available, usually 115200 Kb/s)
    3. Windows Update icon should be sitting on your Start menu (I much prefer to select the 'classical' view).

    Rgds

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