Re: I need help with my internet connection
- If it's any consolation to you Larry, you've got company.
There are two issues involving Windows 98 and dial up networking that
have frustrated me to no end over the years.
One is the problem you're having, when all of a sudden for no
apparent reason IE, your email program (or whatever) fails to
automatically connect to the internet. I have scoured every setting
I could think of to no avail trying to find an answer to that.
Finally, I just made it a policy to connect to the internet first
before I run any internet related programs, and I've been doing it
that way ever since.
The second problem is the "in some computers" incredibly slow
connection time to the internet. When one computer will dial up and
connect in a normal amount of time (about 20 seconds give or take)
while another computer will take 2 full minutes or more to connect.
One time I purchased two brand new identical computers from the same
company at the same time and set them both up identically with the
same software through and through. Guess what? Yup, one connects to
the net normally, and the other (from day one to this day) takes
several minutes to connect.
That's ok though, I got my revenge on Microsoft.
I took Bill Gates name off my Christmas card mailing list, that fixed
his little red wagon but good.
- FWIW I've backtracked with 98-XP after doing updates with no problems.
Since the updates are almost always file updates and not any real registry
updates, it's no big deal.
Plus, you can always install a patch over again.
I can always mail you the M$ fix (published my M$) for MyDoom to make sure
it's gone. Believe it or not, it works well from what I hear.
From: Lawrence R. Thomas [mailto:larryt@...]
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2004 3:36 PM
Subject: [NTO] Re: I need help with my internet connection
--- In ntb-OffTopic@yahoogroups.com, "hugo_paulissen"
> Sorry. I sent you the link to early. I just googled to try to find
> quick fix for your problem, but apparently this answer was tied toa
> specific PC-configuration.more
> It seems as if you have a serious problem. If you could let us know
> which version of Windows and of IE you're using we could provide
> help. Maybe others on this list know how to interpret theI am running Windows 98 Second Edition
Version 4.10.2222 A
Microsoft Internet Explorer
I think that there is one thing that should be paid attention to.
All of the error problems are occurring with every single program
that would normally launch the Dialer. The only difference is in the
error messages being returned by the program when it fails to detect
Possibly the worm changed a registry setting to its own program and
my cleaner failed to restore it.
I do have a copy of my older registry settings that I could restore
but I just upgraded to the last seventeen of Mocrosoft's security
patches and I just don't want to mess things up by restoreing old
registry settings that don't include them. I might even do more
damage than I have now if I do that.
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- I tried to follow the directions on this web page but I had some
problems. There is no radio button labeled "Use the following Dial-
up Networking Connection". There was a radio button labeled "Never
dial a connection" which was selected.
[Brian Binder] We'll want to see if we can change it to dial up your default
There were two other radio buttons which I tried labeled (1) "Dial
whenever a network connection is not present" and (2) "Always dial my
default connection". I received the same error message below for
[Brian Binder] Use 'Always Dial my Default Connection' or whatever you named
your ISP dial-up connection.
The error message was:
This program performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.
If the problem persists, contact the program vendor.
[Brian Binder] Don't you just love those errors? I'll give you an illegal
operation you @$#! Computer! ... ok just calm down Brian...
Anyways, this happens when you simply change the radio button, or is it when
you hit OK or Apply?
You may want to consider going through your add / remove programs and using
the repair feature of IE6. When you go to uninstall/modify it, it should
ask you if you want to repair it and you can choose yes.
Then try the setting and see what happens.
This kind of stuff shouldn't happen. It's because IE is so intertwined with
Windows OSes. When IE fails, so does half the other things on your PC.
- Does your ISP have a toll free number, if so call them and they will get you set up right away or at least most ISP's will. The two that I have used have been most helpful each time that I call them.
----- Original Message -----
From: Larry Thomas
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2004 10:17 AM
Subject: [NTO] I need help with my internet connection
I have a problem with my internet connection and I am hoping that someone
out there can help me. I am able to connect to the internet and send and
receive email and use my other internet programs ok right now. My problem
is that I now must first start the DUNS (Dial Up Network Services)
connection and click on "connect" in order to get connected to my ISP
before I can run any programs such as Eudora or Mozilla or MS Internet
Explorer. Before I had this problem, I could just run Eudora and then when
Eudora started, it would launch the DUNS dialog box and the DUNS dialog box
would automatically dial in to my ISP and then Eudora would check my mail
and download it once the connection was made.
Now when I start Eudora, it tries to download my mail without going on line
and of coarse, I get an error message "Host not found" and the error sound.
Then Eudora will not do anything else. I dismiss the error message and
click on the "check mail" button and I get the error message again.
I close Eudora and go to the short cut for the DUNS dialer and it connects
me to the ISP. Then I run Eudora and it downloads my mial just fine.
This problem is affecting all of my internet programs as I have said above
including my browsers which give the same error messages and a couple of
small programs for getting weather and setting my system clock which don't
give error messages but they just never finish - they freeze up and have to
I did get infected with the Mydoom worm before this happened and that could
be the cause of it but I don't know what to do now. I have downloaded two
cleaner programs for it and run them both plus an anti-virus program and it
has not helped. I just uninstalled the anti-virus program and that did not
do anything either.
Does anyone out there have any ideas? Is there a web site where I might
get information to trouble shoot this problem?
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