Finally bit the bullet and upgraded (PRO), clean install and two days of pain (so far).
I have an external USB modem that worked great in WIN98SE, which is not supported by MS or anybody else apparently.
It is a Global Village Teleport B100, which is apparently supported by that company for Macs. A nightmare of corporate takeovers (Zoom, Imprimus, Boca, some battery company) leaves me with no one to complain to for their short lived PC efforts.
But the chip set is Conexant, so there's hope!
They have a generic driver which I'd like to try out. Problem is I already attenpted to install my legacy WIN98 drivers.
How in the world do I get XP to stop detecting this modem as "Teleport USB Modem" and go back to "unknown USB device"?
I deleted all the legacy drivers and inf files that are part of that 98se disc. I deleted all the registry entries that say Teleport/Boca or reference that USB dword.
Still no joy. Somewhere there is a file in XP that tells it what this modem is now. I can't point it to the generic driver until I zap that.
No way in heck I'm doing another install of XP, having just got everything else functional.
Thanks for info.