...try uninstalling ZoneAlarm and use the Windows XP firewall.. If it works correctly after uninstalling ZA and IF you're using the newest ZoneAlarm 6.5 version (firewall only), then try installing a slightly older free version of ZoneAlarm 6.1.744.001 from the link below. I've had a number of computers which would work well with the newest ZA 6.5 versions. Reverting back to the 6.1 version above fixed the issue.
Hope this helps.
Hi everyone. Everytime I turn on my computer and modem I cannot connect to the internet until I pick up the phone and dial a number. I doesn't matter what number I dial, I just have to dial a number for the modem to work. Its only been happening since I uninstaled Zone Alarm. I've gone back to system restore, before I installed Zone Alarm, and I've resest the modem to factory default but still no go. I use Windows XP Home and I have an ADSL Broadband connection. The modem lights indicate the power is on and the ethernet light is on but the DSL and activity lights don't come on until I dial a number. I've tried to just wait, but after 15 minutes, still no connection until I dial a number. The service provider does not have a clue. I hope someone can help, thanks.