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I try to get an automatic connection (using Windows95) to my provider's Internet-line when starting Netscape Navigator 3.01 Gold. I made the following choices in Netscape:
Options -> General preferences -> Appearance:
        "Home Page Location:" -> .. (my provider's homepage)
Evidently Netscape is looking for that homepage (as you can see at the red STOP-button), but as there is no connection to the telephone-line, it can't be found.
What kind of options do I have to choose in Windows95 in order to let start the connection-terminal immediately when starting Netscape Navigator?
There is another small question:
Is there any possibility in Windows95 to "tell" the Wondows-Explorer always to start the file-lists ordered by date so that I don't have to make this correction every day several times?
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Question 1: Are you using Internet Explorer 3.0x?  If yes, go under Start/Settings/Control Panels/Internet, pick Connection, and then Connect to Internet as needed.  If not, go under Dial-Up Networking, pick Connections, then click the circle for Prompt to use DUN as needed.

You may also want to check out this site for more info on DUN: http://www.isl.net/~mmiller3/speedups/

Question 2: Do you have the PowerToys from Microsoft?  If not, http://www.microsoft.com/windows/download/powertoy.exe
will get them for you.  You might want to go under http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/ and pick Free Software/Shareware and Utilities to get more info.  The one you want to install is TweakUI.

TweakUI is a Control Panel that lets you change some minor things in the user interface.  Once you have it installed, open it, then pick the Explorer tab.  Make sure the Save Windows Settings box is checked, then OK out.  Now Win95 will start remembering your ordered by date settings; it may take a few more corrections before it sticks.
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I asked about Netscape Navigator, but you only answered me about MS Internet Explorer. So I didn't get a useful  answer. Sorry!
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Doh!  My poor writing hits again.  IE modifies the way the Internet Control Panel works, and if you have had IE3.0x on there, it would look different.

So, let me rephrase that:

If you have installed IE 3.0x+, go under Start/Settings/Control Panels/Internet, pick Connection, and then Connect to Internet as needed.

If you have never installed IE 3.0x or have removed it, go under Dial-Up Networking, pick Connections, then click the circle for Prompt to use DUN as needed.

This may still not answer your question, but good luck to you!
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Thanks!
Correct: I once had installed IE3.0 and then removed it, but even after realizing your advice (lick the circle for Prompt to use DUN as needed)it doesn't run as wanted.
So, any other advice?
TIA
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What version of Win 95 are you using?  (to find this out, open up the System Control Panel; there should be a version number similar to 4.00.950a)  If you have 950, I'd recommend getting the Service Pack 1 (which will give you 950a) and its fixes.  This leads up to:  if you have 950a, get the ISDN Accelerator/Dial-Up Networking 1.1 Pack.  This might fix your problem.

If you have OSR2 (4.00.1111 or .950b), then you have Dial-Up Networking 1.1 already, and I'm surprised it's not working for you.  Unfortunately, I don't have Dial-Up Networking on the machine I'm at.  Let me get home and put up another comment tomorrow after I play with it some more.

For more information on these and other Dial-Up Networking fixes for Windows 95, check out http://www.isl.net/~mmiller3/speedups/
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