> Yes, but there is a fine line between the timeliness of the info provided.
> I have some sort of a generic external modem that has 15 lights in two
> colours. At a glance I can see my connection going down before it actually
> does as well as note the relative responsiveness of various feeds.
> And lest this has not been said, when for whatever reason the modem is
> tied in knots the one thing that can be done with an external that cannot
> be done with an internal is to close the power to the modem alone and
> cleanly reset it without the need to reboot or power down you box.
I've never had to do a reboot because of a problem with an internal
modem, once the things are serviceable and work, you can forget about
them as you soon know if your ISP is down or has some other fault which
can be confirmed by a short phone call.
I don't know if it's because of isapnp being run on it, but I've tried
it out on windoze 3.11 and I get port busy, the utility there monitors
traffic to the modem and I get the message after ATZ.
All I can suppose is there is a fault that causes it to load down the
other ports, if I select COM3, it stops the mouse on COM1 from working,
ditto for COM4, if I turn the COM ports off, it still doesn't work.
If I fail to get a replacement to work, subject of a phone call
tonight, then I'll certainly ask them to buy me an external one, but not
so I can watch the lights.
... Sid Boyce...Amdahl(UK)...44-121 422 0375
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