I can't get my modem to connect to any ISP except for AOL (AOL is evil). I currently have internet access with AOL, so I know my modem works fine, but I want to switch. However, every time I attempt to dial in to a new ISP, the
following recurring problem happens. The number is dialed, and I hear the customary modem noises like the server is answering. However, as soon as the noises are done, there is silence and nothing happens. After a few seconds, an error message appears saying something to the effect that "there is no answer". I have been trying to connect to just about anything for about a month, at all times of the day
and night. I have tried different ISP's (Netzero, Altavista, etc.), and I have tried to use all of the different local numbers they offer. Nothing. Zero. Same result every time. What is going on? Could there be a code in AOL's software that blocks me from connecting to someone else? I was told by someone that the problem is just that the system I am dialing into is just busy at the time. That is impossible. I have absolutely called at every conceivable time of day and night, dozens
of different numbers. Same thing every time. Besides, I have a friend who lives down the street, he calls the exact same number that I am calling and logs on every time. He's never had a problem. Does anybody know what's going on? Please Help!! Thank you so much for anything you can do.
P.S. My operating system is Windows 98, 56k modem, 96 megs RAM, 450 MHz, new computer, bla bla bla.