Win98 reinstalls DSL modem everytime it's plugged in
Posted on 2005-02-25
I'm trying to connect an old PII/64M RAM/Window 98 PC to a DSL connection using a Win98-compatible Alcatel SpeedTouch USB modem. I have installed the latest compatible drivers on the PC. The connection, however, works very erratically: out of 10 attempt, I've managed to connect to the Internet only three times.
Sometimes the modems USB and DSL lights keep flahing a while and then the USB light stays green while the DSL light goes off. Sometimes both lights go off (if I unplug the modem and plug it back in). And sometimes both lights are green but I stil can't get a connection (in fact the Alcatel software give me the yellow icon, which means it can't initialize the line).
And here' the oddest part: if I unplug the modem and plug it back in, the PC thinks it's discovered a new hardware and reinstalls the drivers and protocols so when I go to Control Panel/Network I can see multiple instances of the same driver and protocol. I have tried cancelling some or all of those drivers, but the PC reinstalls them everytime I plug the modem in.
Both modem and line work fine on my new ThinkPad (which is what I'm using right now to conect to the Internet).
Also, this is the first time the USB card is being used on the PC, which is seven years old.
Can someone help please?