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modem port conflict

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Somehow I've entered a modem port conflict twilight zone.

It seems my modem port used to be com4.  Suddenly [after playing with some other settings] it's now com1.  And com1 is busy with something else, though I can't tell what.

Computer: Thinkpad Laptop.
System: Windows95.
Modem: PCMCIA modem card.

Problem: system can't see the modem.  Says the PORT IS BUSY.  If I try to get MORE INFO from the DIAGNOSTICS tab of the MODEM PROPERTIES dialog box, I get PORT ALREADY OPEN, as if the modem is in use.  It most definitely is not in use.

A word in my own defence: this is not my computer.  My boss' laptop.
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Question by:gateguard
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by:wayneb
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try to go into device manager and then remove all com ports and then reboot the system and see if it then detects the correct com ports, if not then you will have manually add the com ports
Also remove any modem that is installed from device manager.  If you need more help then post the results of the first solution.
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by:djbatton
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remove the modem from the laptop, then go into control panel > modems and remove the modem. reboot the machine, and tehn re-insert the modem. Win95 should pick it up, and re-install it with the correct drivers &/or com port
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by:Otta
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It's possible that the mouse (or emulation thereof)
is using COM1.
Just use Control Panels for the modem,
and Advanced Properties to specify 'com4'.
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by:gateguard
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actually, I did a combination of things, partly on advice from djbatton and partly wayneb.  [djbatton's procedure didn't work until i removed the com ports from the device manager].

so everything's working now but I'd like to divide the points between djbatton and wayneb.  is there a way to do that?

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by:wayneb
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The only way to split the points would be to reject the current answer and then delete the question and create a new question for him giving 75 points and one for me with the same. Other wise there would be no way to split the points, and he would get all points. If you need me to explain further then let me know.
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by:gateguard
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wayneb.  i'm going to use your suggestion.  sounds easy enough.

i reject this answer in order to split the points between two different answers.


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by:gateguard
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wayneb.  looks like there's  no way to delete a question once people have commented in it.  I don't have a delete option.

To be honest, I think you deserve the points.  Without removing the port, removing the modem wouldn't have worked.

wayneb, you should take the points.

djbatton, if you think you should get some points, let me know, i'll open up another question for you.


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wayneb earned 150 total points
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I am glad I could help you out, they were going to add this feature but I guess never did.

wayneb.  looks like there's  no way to delete a question once people have commented in it.  I don't have a delete option.

To be honest, I think you deserve the points.  Without removing the port, removing the modem wouldn't have worked.

wayneb, you should take the points.

djbatton, if you think you should get some points, let me know, i'll open up another question for you.


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by:gateguard
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Thanks wayneb, and djbatton too.  Djbatton, if you feel you should
get some points, let me know, I'll create a question for you.
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by:djbatton
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as long as your prob is fixed, I'm happy...

This is a help forum, not a competition...

Cheers

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by:gateguard
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Thanks.
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