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I am on dial-up and Vista connects to Internet automatically

by Donna5708 / June 30, 2008 8:26 AM PDT

I have an Inspiron 530 E4600 desktop, 3MB of ram, 320 GB HD.

I live in the country and I have to use dial-up to connect to the Internet.

After I disconnect from the Internet, this computer will connect automatically when I am not around. Since I have just one telephone line, this computer connecting automatically keeps my line tied up.

Would there be some software trying to update itself to make this computer connect to the Internet?

Is there something I can uncheck to get this computer to stop connecting to the Internet when I am not around?

I noticed in MSCONFIG there is a tab labeled Services. Can I disable some of that stuff or would that help?

I am desperate, I have talked to Dell but they were not helpful.

Any suggestions, would be greatly appreciated.


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Link, comments.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 9:14 AM PDT
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Dial up modem
by anmor / June 30, 2008 9:24 AM PDT

copied from the Microsoft website:
Autodial is enabled by default, but you can choose where you want to enable it.

1. Open Network Connections by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, clicking Network and Sharing Center, and then clicking Manage network connections.

2. Press the ALT key, click the Advanced menu, and then click Remote Access Preferences.

3. On the Autodial tab, select the check box next to the location where you want to enable autodial, and then click OK.

Link to M$ site:

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Vista keeps connecting on its own
by Donna5708 / June 30, 2008 11:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Dial up modem

Thanks, Bob and Anmor for your responses. Unfortunately, when I tried the 2 solutions my computer still was connecting on its own.

While I was using my laptop, the desktop with vista tried to connect. Of course it didn't get to because I was already on the Internet. When I checked the desktop there were 2 message boxes, one said "error connecting" and the other one said "Dialing Properties". On the dialing properties, one option was "Connect Automatic" That box was checked, so I unchecked it and so far it has been 2 1/2 hours and the desktop has not tried to connect on its own.

I do not know how to find that "connect automatically" box other than when the computer could not connect.

Thanks again,

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In addition to that...
by glenn30 / July 1, 2008 2:04 AM PDT

Mine is set to "Never dial a connection". Control Panel>Internet Options>Internet Properties>Connections Tab>Tick "Never dial a connection. This procedure makes all connections manual.

Changes a bit the way you get online. My method is to right click the monitor icon in the lower right tray... then follow the prompts. I like this methods as there is some assurance the modem will never go online unless I authorize it. Don't like it just undo what you did. Grin

Just information... hope it helps!


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