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Posted By: Kami <email@example.com> In Response To: I'm B-A-A-A-A-A-A-CK.... Oh what a HIDEOUS experience!!!!.... TECH HELP NEEDED..... (MaaMaw)
Wednesday, 8 February 2006, at 8:15 p.m.
In Response To: I'm B-A-A-A-A-A-A-CK.... Oh what a HIDEOUS experience!!!!.... TECH HELP NEEDED..... (MaaMaw)
> First things first...
> DAVE MAUDER...
> Yes, your emails are here, among about 1200 spams (to my
> "personal" email address, guess I blew that somewhere huh?)...
> so sorry... explained below and will answer ASAP.
> MY DEAR BOARD BUDDIES...
> For the first time since 1998 (with the possible exception of the day my
> father died), I haven't even *looked* at this board since last Friday (EEE
> GADS! FIVE DAYS!!).
> I still can't believe such a fancy "resort" kind of place had no
> high-speed internet. My *best* connection was 16,000 bps, and
> typical was 11,000. They had internet access on their own computers
> in the lobby and, strangely, that was even worse (although it was always
> connected so I can't figure out why). It was SO slow that I couldn't
> get my email, I couldn't post messages, and I sure couldn't wait around
> for pages to load.
> So anyhoo, after I posted my last message on Friday, I plucked out the
> last of my hair and decided not to touch it again til Saturday.
> When I went to check in on Saturday afternoon, my modem was deader than a
> doornail (I had done NOTHING but disconnect the day before and close the
> machine). After the usual hysterics, I gave up and tried to put it
> out of my mind for five days (fat chance).
> We got home late last night, and here I am (on my MAGNIFICENT Cable
> Connection Which I Will Never Curse Again!!).
> TECH HELP NEEDED...
> I ran the modem troubleshooter, and it shows the modem is operating
> Next step was to check that COM3 was not disabled, so I went to the link
> they gave me to "check devices" (or something), and I clicked on
> the tab they told me, where all the LPT and COM ports were supposed to be
> I was supposed to "select COM3" and make sure it was enabled.
> It doesn't exist.
> The only thing listed was LPT1. No COM at all.
> Another option was to assign a different COM port to the modem, so I went
> there to try. There are 256 COM ports listed, and I tried at least
> 100 of them and they ALL showed they were being used by another
> I tried to download an updated driver, but it says the driver I have is
> the best choice for my modem; no updates needed.
> I have run SpyBot and AdAware three times since I got home (with most
> recent updates), cleaned everything up, and it's still not working.
> I have run AVG Virus with updated virus definitions and it's still not
> I have shut the computer down several times and it's still not working.
> I have no clue how to get my COM port back, and Toshiba help just keeps
> telling me the same thing and none of it works.
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