Owner of Dell Inspiron 8200 Laptop
Laptop worked fine in other location; moved laptop with other personal belongings, in auto.
phone system had been turned off for months. Phone tech comes to turn on phone system. Owner connects power to laptop, attaches modem cable, turns computer on, attempts to access ISP [ AOL ]. Phone system goes out. Phone tech says the modem caused a short circuit in the phone system.
Have you ever heard of such a thing?
Modem electronics are built into motherboard. My plan is to put a pcmcia modem into the laptop & give things a try.
Any other suggestions?