May 25, 2014 in General Info
* How2fix – Getting online with a Dial-Up 56k modem, with no disk *
To get online with a Dial-Up 56k modem, with no disk, normally, there would be a disk supplied by an internet service provider, that u might have picked up from a magazine, or through ur letterbox, etc.
Firstly and most importantly there are still many parts of this world of ours that just does not have the infrastructure for broadband but do have a telephone network and this all you need for a dial up service. This reduced service is not as you may think, only in third world countries, this is also in parts of of America, UK, Europe and everywhere else or more correctly, although is just not of good enough quality to have broadband coverage, it is more than adequate for dial up,
Secondly, it is still ‘free’ access, i use free reservedly and loosely as you still get charged through your phone whilst you are using it, but there is no monthly charge, payg basically.
Thirdly and another scenario where it would be useful, if you have lost the use of your broadband and require your cd to re-install the driver and it is scratched, (a scenario where i once had the same thing happen), then creatin a dial-up account so you could still go online and download the modem’s driver would get you goin again.
You might think why and who would want to use an old dial up modem to get access to the internet., well believe or not there are still approximately 10% of American’s are still using dial up. Apparently, AOL still sells over $600 million worth of dial-up internet access every year.
It’s the same story in the UK, according to Oftel, there are still around 800,000 homes using dial-up even though BT, (UK’s biggest, if not as a an internet provider, then definitely as BT phones being used to access the internet.), terminated their dial up service 1st Sept last year.
To get around the problem of not havin a disk and to stop loading more crap onto ur computer than is needed, use the following instructions:
1. Go to the ‘Start button, then choose ‘Run’ and when the resulting run applet appears
2. type into the text box, ‘ICWConn1’ (without the apostrophy’s), this is not case sensitive so capitals or lower case iz fine.
3. The next applet 2 appear will be the Internet Connection Wizard, hence the ICWCONN1, this will give u 3 options.
Option 1 – if u r signing up 4 a new account then just click on the ‘Next’ button or press, ‘Enter’.
Option 2 – for transferring your existing account to to this computer.
Option 3 – for setting up your account manually, for this options u really need 2 know all of the following email info and settingz
ie; your user name, your password, the isp’s telephone number that will connect you to the internet, etc
But as in this instance you are most likely creating a new account, so choose number-1 and just press ‘Enter’ again
you will be then be presented with an applet that may want you to select your country but will will require your area code entered
and computer will then log on to the internet to a list of ISP’z for your area.
3. Just pick one, virgin or talktalk are reasonable choices, they will each have options of; pay as you go, (payg), 24/7 or broadband,
4. Once u have picked choose next and your computer will log off the internet then back on agin to the zite u have picked.
5. Just fill in your personal details and within 10minz u will have your own email account,
6. You can take a copy of the page that shows u all ur email details, by holding down the ‘Ctrl’ button and press the ‘P’ key.
-> If u do not have a printer then hold down the ‘Shift’ key and hit ‘Print Screen’ key, this will copy your entire screen to your clipboard.
-> then then ‘Start’
-> open ms-paint, when it has opened
-> hold down the Ctrl’ and press the ‘V’ key and the entire screen-shot will appear as a picture in side the ‘paint’ program,
-> go to ‘File’ and ‘Save’ and give it a descriptive name to remember.and hit ‘Enter
Now just finish off the web page instructions for your account and u should have an icon of Virgin, Wanadoo or what ever one u picked on ur desktop, double click on it and u will go back on line to their website, u r now online and paying for it.
If for some reason it has not gone worked it maybe that they are busy so give it a half hour or so and try again.
Author: pete edyvane
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