modem squawk

How do I get rid of the squawk that comes from my external modem when I connect to my ISP?
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dew_associatesConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Thanks Laudie!

I'll refer to my original comments and your reply as the resolution to this issue! Be well my friend!
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graham_kCommented:
turn off the speaker (but then you won't hear it dialing).

If you have an internal modem, try using the command ATM1 in your modem intialization string (ask, if you don't know what this means).

See http://www.modems.com/glossary/extend2d.html for speaker control commands.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Laudie,

1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel and click on the System Icon.

2. Now click on the device manager tab and scroll down to the modem entry and click the + sign to expand it.

3. Highlight the modem entry and click the properties button.

4. Now click the modem tab and on the speaker sound slider, move it to off.

Dennis
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graham_kCommented:
good idea. It should be acceptable for most situations. Of course, I could argue that ATM1 lets him listen to dial tone, dialing and - maybe - busy tone; but, I imagine that his s/w lets him know when the called system is busy, etc.
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laudieAuthor Commented:
Graham and Dennis,

I wish I could turn off the speaker.  I tried Dennis' suggestion to no avail.  Is there supposed to be a switch to turn of an external modem's on-board speaker?  This modem is a U. S. Robotics external 56K Faxmodem purchased about year and a half ago.  The speaker apparently can not be accessed through Windows.

Regards,

laudie
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laudieAuthor Commented:
Adjusted points to 100
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graham_kCommented:
ok, so you can't find a switch - so do it in software, like I originally said.

Depending on what s/w you use to make your connection, you must find a entry which prompts for a modem initialisation string. If none exists, insert ATM1 - if there is already one there, just add M1 to the end of it.

If you're not sure how to do this, just let me know what s/w you use to dial up (try right clicking on the icon & selecting "proprties", then looking around there).
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dew_associatesCommented:
Laudie, what is the model of that modem, its on the name tag.
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laudieAuthor Commented:
Graham,

What you originally said is that IF I have an internal modem to work with the software.  I do not have an internal modem.

Dew Associates,

The model number is 5686.

Regards,

Laudie

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graham_kCommented:
oops, sorry, maybe I should have been clearer - I only guessed at an internal modem since you couldn't find a switch.

In fact, AT commands will work with both internal & external - so try it & let me know how it goes.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Laudie, there should be a volume dial on that modem to turn down the sound, and that modem should accept the normal AT command set. Have you tried any or the AT commands noted in your manual?
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graham_kCommented:
for instance, does "AT" on its own, return "OK"?  If it does, then ATM1 will work for you.
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laudieAuthor Commented:
Dear experts,

This has been an experiment called "laudie in the middle."  A correspndent of mine was having problems with his modem and asked for my help.  Since I have never worked with an external modem, I told him a would present his problem to a panel of experts.  I relayed your messages to him and then, of course, responded here with his messages to me.  The last message I sent to him included the Dew Associates information that "there should be a volume dial on that modem."  I also passed on Graham's information about AT commands.

Here was his response:


"I'm embarrassed to tell you that there is a volume control on the modem.
It's a very inconspicuous wheel with no markings to indicate it's
function. Of couse I looked for a volume control on the front where the
switch and lights are but saw nothing like that and so assumed it was
accessed via windows.  Thanks much for your persistence and, again, I'm
feeling like a fool.

My response to him will be that he should sign up for an account  on the "experts exchange" and that experts Graham K and Dew Associates were instrumental in the solving of his problem."

However, since it was Dew Associates that forced my correspondent to check his modem more carefully for a volumn control, I feel I must award them the points.

Thanks for your help.

Respectfully,

Laudie
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graham_kCommented:
glad to have been of help. It's a good idea to get your friend to sign up.
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