I have a friend who posed the question.
She has an old Compaq (6-8 years old) running Win98 that she gave to her son. Her modem no longer works.
She bought a new modem and installed it.
After much trouble, she eventually got the drivers installed and the device was available on the device manager.
However, she is getting no activity via AOL.
She and I both realize that AOL sucks, but it's her existing dial-up service, while she uses cable modem on her machine.
She says AOL will not initialize the modem when she tries to start it up.
I suggested that she set the modem to dial her cell-phone to make sure she's getting activity; or get another cheap Dial-up ISP.
I'm not sure if she would prefer to keep AOL, but since she has it, she'd like to use it I guess. So are there any suggestions to why this won't work, other than the Compaq being a P.O.S?