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Hi all,

I'm having problem with my internet connection. Everytime I went online and tried to get all my email, it is often got disconnected. FYI, my friend, who's using the same internet connection, is not experiencing the same problem. Is there any problem with my computer?

Currently, I'm using notebook with OS Microsoft Windows 98, and RAM 64 KB. Is formatting my notebook will fix the problem? Do you have any suggestions what could be the problem and how to fix it??

Thank you all.


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I have had the disconnect problem solved before by opening a web browser and going to a site that updates itself such as www.wral.com.  That seems to keep the connection alive.
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Are you using Outlook Express for your e-mail client??
If so it could that it is automatically disconnecting you after you send/receive...
Go to Outlook
Then to tools -> options -> connection
Remove the ticks from 'hangup after sending and receiving' and also 'ask before switching dial-up connections'...

Good Luck
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by:langone
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check your modem
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by:magarity
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How is your friend 'using the same connection'?  Is this a shared DSL or POTS modem or what?  Firewall or router box?
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Notice that this is a laptop.  I am guessing that the other is a desktop.
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Some ISPs aren't kind to "roaming" users, they often ask you at sign up which telephone number you are connecting from, if you are connecting from places other than your home phone line, a small ISP may not like this and think you have given out your PW etc to other people to use and thus disconnects every time it figures out you aren't dialling from where you said you would. Obviously this is not the case if you always use the same line from home, and it is the same line you signed up on.

Oh, another possibility, this being a laptop/notebook PC is that you have a winmodem, and when your CPU throttles back for power management this doesn't allow enough CPU cycles for the modem to work correctly, you should observe in this case that your connection is more reliable when running on AC power since the power management profile should allow faster operation than on battery power. You may find you can force the machine to hold a speed when you are on the internet by playing with the PM settings in BIOS setup or in control panel on the desktop.

regards,

Road Warrior
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Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I will check it first before I give the points to you.

I really appreciate your all your answers.
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This may help you
If you get disconnected frequently, try this extra modem setting:
1.Go to Modems in Control Panel (Start > Settings > Control  Panel)
2.From Modems select Properties, select the Connection Tab, click the Advanced button
3.In the Extra settings dialogue box, enter S10=50

This will force the modem to stay connected without a carrier, up to 5 seconds.
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My solution has worked for a couple of others.
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slink9
I don't think "going to a site that updates itself ..  to keep the connection alive" would help, it is disconnecting while downloading his e-mail, this would keep the connection active if that was the problem, I would say this is  a hardware problem, or could be a driver problem, but I would say it is something on his system and not something the ISP is doing to disconnect inactive users
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It has helped me to keep the connection alive when I am uploading large emails.  I send emails with pictures of the kids to family out of state.  If I don't keep the connection active it will time out while sending because each email is so large.
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BUT if you are downloading data at the same time as recieving or sending your e-mail you are slowing everything down, there is only so much bandwidth and if you are doing several things at the same time then everything has to share the bandwidth and this in turn slows each one down.

Sorry I didn't want to debate this, only trying to show that "keep alive" connections may not be the problem in this case, maybe it has worked in others but this sounds more like a hardware related problem to me.
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