I don't know if it's coincidental or not but I just recently upgraded to Win98 from Win95 and sicne then I keep getting disconnected from my ISP (local provider). In most cases I'm lucky to keep a connection for 10 minutes, sometimes I repeatedly get disconnected and can't keep one for 5. This is on my home computer where I log on mostly during the evening. During the day at work (still running Win95) I can keep connected for 2 or 3 hours at a time. I also have at times kept a connection at home for over an hour. Mostly if I log on in the morning or late at night. I know this puts the disconnects coinciding with heavy traffic times and it could be the ISP and not my machine, although the one time I called the ISP support the guy monitored the connection and saw I was getting disconnected and said no one else seemed to be getting disconnected. I also (out of desperation) tried an AOL free trial but had the same thing happen.
Here's what I've done:
1. Checked all the settings and (just to be sure) completely unchecked where it said to disconnect if idle for over a set number of minutes.
2. Made sure call waiting was disabled, even called in from the other line while I was connected to make sure it wasn't causing any disconnects.
3. Completely removed the Microsoft windows networking which I understand can cause some conflicts.
If I hadn't had the same thing happen with AOL I would tend to think it was the ISP. But then if It's something with Win98 on my machine why can I sometimes keep the connection longer.
One other thing, I usually know a few seconds befor because even though it shows me connected if I'm loading a page it will stall out, or if I try to check e-mail it won't connect with the server, a minute or so later the connection closes.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
(amazingly enough it's 8:00pm Friday and I've been connected for just over 30 minutes).