01-27-2002, 01:10 PM
I need advice on Win2k settings.
The problem is, when I want to connect to the net, and the connection failes (or if I hit Cancel) there is NO dial tone on the second try and I must restart PC in order to try again. And even then the browser window opens only after the connection is established. This is not happening, if I boot into WinME (have dual boot).
And the second problem is, when the above happens and I restart PC, it starts in 640x480 (everything else seems to be normal though). And if I open Display Properties, it states, that I'm running in 1024x768 (just have to hit Apply and everything goes to normal).
I'm using 2k just for a week or so and I really don't have a clue, what coud cause this (I log in as Admin by default)
01-27-2002, 01:13 PM
That is very wierd... what kind of video card do you have? You sure you have correct drivers installed? That sounds like a hardware\drivers problem to me.
No idea about the dial tone thing. I can't even look at properties or anything, because I don't have a modem in my computer. :)
01-27-2002, 01:22 PM
I'm using Sirrus 5446 PCI with 2M RAM.
I know it's kinda old but that's all I have right now (had AGP card but it died). The driver for this card came with WIN2kPro(SP2) and causes NO problems except when this happens.
As for the modem thing, even if I look into the properties, there's nothing wrong there (as far as I can tell). I'm usin ESS ES56V-PI Data Fax Voice Modem
What do you think?
01-27-2002, 01:29 PM
Firstly, right-click on My Computer>>Manage>>Device Manager and make sure that there are no conflict, particularly between the modem and the video card.
Second, when it happens try unpluging the phone line for 15 seconds and try again. Does that fix it?
And finally, as Volte suggested, make sure that you have up to date drivers (Win2K, NT ones generally won't do) for the modem.
01-27-2002, 01:39 PM
1. I checked that and there's no conflict (actually there is a second video card in there but it's disabled in 2k, so that shouldn't be a problem? Or could be?)
2. Tried that too and it doesn't help
3. The ESS firm doesn't exist anymore, so I'm stuck with the one provided by 2k. (I did my homework and checked on the net for it with NO luck - there's one for NT and it's not good)
Anyways, I'm going to remove ME eventually, so I'll try removing the second card (don't know - just might do the trick).
01-27-2002, 01:50 PM
I had a huge problem with my modem as well recently.
I'm using NTL, and for some bizaare reason, whilst dialing, I got the engaged tone. "Fine", I thought, cancelled the dial, and started again.
Whats this? No dial tone? Why on earth not?
For the next week, I had no dial tone. I reinstalled the modem, software, dialler, everything. Nothing. The best bit was that I was using that line daily to make phone calls as well, so there was nothing wrong there either!!
Eventually, my modem started working again. I have no idea why, or how....
The ghosts of MS past no doubt.... wooooooooohoooooo.
Not really useful, but hey.
01-27-2002, 02:05 PM
While reading your story, it was just like looking at my computer (I was thinking about "Bussy tone" when saying "connection failed")
Now, I've just checked for the conflicts and as I said - none! But there is something weird though... in System Summary>>Hardware Resources>>Conflicts/Sharing it states that the modem and video card are using the same IRQ(11)!
And NO CONFLICT WHATSOEVER! Ain't that funny?
I WONDER IF THAT GHOST HAD EVER PAID A VISIT TO BILLY!?
01-27-2002, 02:21 PM
Mine didn't show any conflicts either, didn't notice about the other thing.... but you could try checking in BIOS that your COM ports haven't been corrupted or disabled in some way...
I heard that suggested somewhere.
01-27-2002, 02:38 PM
If there is an IRQ conflict then that is almost certainly the problem. Try re-assigning the modem to something else. Check in the manual to see if it is plug'n'pray or an old jumper card. If it is the latter then remember to change the jumpers to the new setting.
01-27-2002, 05:06 PM
Yeah, I've checked the Bios and everything looks OK. Also I tried to change IRQ assignment for the modem but guess what - I couldn't find the setting. He's showing me the IRQ but does not give me the option to change it (maybe I'm looking at the wrong place but it was there in ME).
As I said, I'm usin 2k just for a week and I'm still getting used to it.
01-28-2002, 03:46 AM
Windows 2000 shares IRQs sometimes, theres nothing wrong with it.
My guess would be that you have old hardware. Its probably the modems fault, that is a pretty old modem you've got there. Windows 2000 is a relatively new, advanced OS, and it was made clear when it was released that older hardware, while probably supported, was not the best way.
In short, get a decent modem :D