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    Question Big AOL 9.0 problem

    I bought my computer back in the year 2000. At that time, it had Windows ME. In March 2004, we upgraded to XP on that same computer. And ever since then, my AOL (9.0) DSL connection has been driving me crazy. Whenever I try to sign on, it stays at step 4 "Talking to network via DSL" for hours (I'm not overreacting). Before we loaded on Windows XP, we never had this problem. The DSL used to load in 10 seconds. I tried doing almost everything to fix it! I tried scanning for viruses, I tried adding more RAM, I called AOL, I called Microsoft, I emptied "Temporary Internet Files", and none of that worked!! Now, I just leave AOL on 24-7 and when I want to use another program, I just minimize AOL. Now, whenever my computer freezes and I have to restart it, I have to wait hours to get reconnected to the web!!! Does anyone out there know how to fix this?

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    Wow...Did you do a clean XP install or overtop of Win98 or upgrade?
    Have you uninstalled AOL 9.0, deleted the AOL network adaptors, and re-install?

    P.S. Just curious, why do you need AOL of you have DSL?
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    Because it fixes all of your common computer problems! *chuckle*

    It's probably a problem with your AOL software ... since you have DSL, you should be logged on around the clock. When you restart your computer, can you browse the Internet and everything immediately? Just not AOL?

    If such is the case, ditch AOL. My opinion, anyways.
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    ditch AOL.
    Quoted for truth.

    From what it sounds like that may be the cure to all your problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aes
    ditch AOL.
    Requoted for truth. He, he, he . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aes
    It's probably a problem with your AOL software ... since you have DSL, you should be logged on around the clock. When you restart your computer, can you browse the Internet and everything immediately? Just not AOL?
    If you have DSL through AOL, you need to run the AOL software in order to log into the DSL network. No other Internet access will occur until that happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by W. Luke
    If you have DSL through AOL, you need to run the AOL software in order to log into the DSL network. No other Internet access will occur until that happens.
    Unless he's doing the "use your existing high-speed Internet service provider for AOL broadband" that I see advertised all of the time.
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    Which is why I stated "DSL through AOL"... They sell their own DSL packages as well.
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    I tried using the internet directly through the browser (IE) and that didn't work, and I tried reinstalling AOL and that didn't work either. Since AOL is giving me nothing but problems, I'm just going to switch to Cox.

    ltng92


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