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Old 10-22-2011, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I have a hand-me-down Windows XP computer and dial-up service for the internet because currently that is all I can afford.

Mozilla often times out on me and usually when I am in the middle of a posting. As with this post, I then have to restart my computer, re-dial up localnet, and then get back on City-Data.

I'm used to doing that now so I am not as frustrated about it; however, it is over-the- top time consuming.

What to do???

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Old 10-22-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Default Why Mozilla?

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Originally Posted by Yokie View Post
I have a hand-me-down Windows XP computer and dial-up service for the internet because currently that is all I can afford.

Mozilla often times out on me and usually when I am in the middle of a posting. As with this post, I then have to restart my computer, re-dial up localnet, and then get back on City-Data.

I'm used to doing that now so I am not as frustrated about it; however, it is over-the-top time consuming.

What to do???


The reason I am on Mozilla is because I had to upgrade my browser because most web sites have phased out older browsers.

I tried "google chrome" but it was too much for this old computer. Even Explorer wouldn't cut me any slack.

That's the thing about modern technology, it changes so fast it becomes financially impossible to keep up. If you put your money down on the counter for something new you can be fairly certain that there's something newer right behind it.

--Yokie
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Old 10-22-2011, 01:39 PM
 
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Would a mod move this to the computer forum? This will get more responses there.
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:07 PM
 
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The current versions of Chrome and Firefox definitely run on XP as will Internet Explorer 8. Any of those will work fine on 99.9% of web sites out there. If you can't install them, it might be that your computer lacks key updates to Windows. You want to have Service Pack 3 and any critical updates since that.

It sounds like your modem connection is dropping. This was all too common back in the days of dialup. Your phone line or modem may not be very good. One trick is to force the maximum connection speed down a bit. For example, it might connect but drop at 50k but be stable at 45k. Don't ask me how to do this as I forgot over a decade ago when everyone I knew switched to cable or DSL. I'm sure you can Google search it. Its probably a setting in Control Panel, either on the dialup connection itself or the modem properties.

As far a technology advancing quickly, yes it does, but that doesn't mean what you buy today is instantly obsolete and useless the moment something better comes out. But if you fall too far behind, like if you were still trying to use Windows 98, or dialup, it becomes practically useless as the world becomes more demanding. But we're talking decade+ old tech, not last month's state of the art.
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:09 AM
 
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I have a hand-me-down Windows XP computer and dial-up service for the internet because currently that is all I can afford.

Mozilla often times out on me and usually when I am in the middle of a posting. As with this post, I then have to restart my computer, re-dial up localnet, and then get back on City-Data.

I'm used to doing that now so I am not as frustrated about it; however, it is over-the- top time consuming.

What to do???
Do you have call waiting?

If you do Place a "*70" in your dialing string to prevent call waiting tones from disrupting your session.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:47 PM
 
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Do you have call waiting?

If you do Place a "*70" in your dialing string to prevent call waiting tones from disrupting your session.
Wow! What a memory you have!
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:52 AM
 
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There are some recommendations in this thread that might help.

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