How to add a modem initialization string to your Windows 95 Dialup Adapter

(resolves modem conflicts -- getting bumped off, failure to connect, low log-on speeds)

More important than any initialization string is having and using the most current driver and firmware upgrade for your modem.  You can usually obtain both from the manufacturer's website.

NOTE: If you are logging on and transmitting and receiving data without a problem, I would advise not using the following method in an effort to improve your log-on speed and performance -- if something works, don't fix it. Or you may try a new string and remove it if it does not improve your performance.

1. Find your modem in one of the links below:

NOTE: If you don't know what your modem is, look at the box it came in or the documentation of your computer. It is important to use the string for the exact modem you have, not one that is close. If you have a 33.6 modem, you may use a 28.8 string in the absence of a 33.6 in the list of modems. If you have a setup disk for your modem that came with the modem or your computer, more than likely, it contains the best string available for your modem -- use it if you haven't already. It is always best to use the setup for your modem, rather than Hayes or generic in the windows 95 modem setup. You may also find your modem in Start/Settings/Control Panel/Modems/.

2. When you find the string that matches your modem, highlight it, then press CONTROL + C (hold down the CONTROL key and press the letter "C" - you may also select Edit, then copy) which will copy the string into your memory.

3. On your desktop select "Start", then "Settings", then "Control Panel".

4. In "Control Panel" double click the "Modems" icon -- this should bring up a "Modems Properties" window.

5. In the "Modems Properties" window, click on the "Properties" button -- this should bring up another properties window for your particular modem.

6. Select the "Connection" tab at the top of the "Properties for your modem" window, then click on the "Advanced" button -- this will bring up another window entitled "Advanced Connection Settings"

7. Place your cursor in the box entitled "Extra Settings", then press CONTROL + V (hold down the CONTROL key and press the letter V at the same time) -- this will paste the string you highlighted and copied in step #2 above. Note that there is no Edit/Paste available here, so you must use the Hotkey (CNTRL + V). Make certain all the spaces are removed from the initialization string you added.

8. Click on the "Okay" button, then click on the "Okay" button again in the next window, then click on the "Okay" button again in the next window. It is important that you "Okay" out of these windows rather than close them or hit "Cancel" in order to save the new settings.

9. Try the log-on with the new string. If for some reason it doesn't work, follow the steps above and remove it, then give us a call and we'll figure out the answer to your log-on problems.

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