My laptop could not connect to internet through dial-up modem
This is what happened, I left my laptop (Acer Aspire 4520) hooked-up to the phone even when I wasn't using it. Then one day, there was a lightning storm in our place and then, after one flash of lightning, our phone went dead. My laptop was turned-off when this happened.
It took a couple of days before a guy from the phone company was able to restore our telephone line so it was only then that I discovered that my laptop could not connect to the internet through my dial-up modem anymore. It would simply say ''Failed to connect to '' then a list of task to choose from would follow (eg. Diagnose the problem; Try again; and Try a different connection). When I chose Diagnose the problem, it will say that Windows did not find any problems with this computer's network connection (I'm using Windows Vista Home Basic).
What could be wrong with the laptop? By the way, I've tested it's LAN card and WiFi and they're both functioning normally.
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To help you install wlan drivers for your Acer Aspire 4520 Notebook, please find the below given link and follow the instructions to download and install Modem driver and Chipset driver: http://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers
The wireless feature (Wireless LAN) on an Acer notebook allows you to connect to available networks. This convenience allows you to use the Internet with network cables, modems or network installation. Acer laptops come with a wireless switch to turn the wireless feature on or off. Once you enable the wireless feature, your Acer notebook can connect to wireless networks within range.
Instructions: 1.Locate the Wireless LAN switch located on the front of your Acer Notebook. Move the switch to the right to turn on Wireless connections.
2.Right-click the network icon located on the system tray next to the clock. You should see a list of available wireless networks.
3.Select the network you want to connect to and click "Connect."
You have two different devices here. A modem and a wireless network adapter. Two totally different devices. It sounds like the modem quit working but the wireless network adapter still functions. I'm assuming that the modem is built it. If you absolutely have to have it you could buy a PCMCIA modem if your laptop has a PCMCIA slot to plug it into. You could also have a corrupted modem driver.
Disconnect the modem from the phone socket and connect a normal phone to this outlet. If you cannot get a dial tone and cannot dial out, then there is a fault with this socket. You need to get it repaired before you can dial out and conect to the Internet.
You say you dont have a modem....but you want to connect via dial up?
Well ok, you need to do the following:
1. Contact an ISP (people like Virgin, Tiscali, TalkTalk, etc etc etc) 2. Sign up for the package you want. 3. They will send you a modem. It wont be for dial up but broadband. 4. Connect it and off you go.
However, if you REALLY want to use the internet using dial up you will have to go find an old cheap dial up modem. BT, Tiscali and a few others do let you use a pay per min rate for dial up, but their is no one I know of that lets you get on line for nothing at all.
The only other service I have heared of was here: http://www.connect4free.co.uk/ And even they charge 1p per min.
So if I were you.... go broadband as its faster and in the long run, cheaper.
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