>For the last couple weeks I've been having trouble with my modem
I doubt it. Most likely its one of the following.
1. Your ISP. Some ISP's like AOL are known for disconnects, especially if you
connect during the high peak hours.
2. Your phone line. Dirty phone lines will decrease modem performance. If
you live in a place with bad phone lines, have your phone company fix them, or
use an External Modem. External Modems are more sturdier than internals,
meaning they can often obtain faster connects with bad lines, and remain
on-line longer. Some of my PC friends use external serial/USB or PCMCIA/CF
card type modems over internals for increased performace.
3. Is your modem going directly into the phone jack, or is it running through
extensions, an answering machine, telephone,etc? If possible connect your
modem directly into the wall jack.
4. Is your computer close to your wall jack, or are you running a 50-100 ft
line from your computer to the wall? Doing so will decrease performance.
What should I do about this problem?
Try the following, if they do not work, then try buying a new modem. If you
are using a recent Mac, you will need to purchase an external, as from the best
of my knowledge, you cannot purchase an internal modem for a Macintosh in a
average computer store, but then I could be wrong. Most internals I have seen
in stores, are PCI based and only work on PC's.
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