a flaky modem. Your telco may be able to do a remote test of your line. I've not used dial-up in a long time but our line was subject to noise occasionally. It was worse during rain. I always had better luck with external modems as well. The "soft" type were commonly flaky as I recall.
my internet connection is a 56 kbps with a 26.4 speed in a older HP Pavilion 6553 with very little runtime. I use Win 2000 Sp4. I seems like when I dial up a website it takes up to 2 Min. to get to the requested site. Also frequently my modem drops the connection, which is a PCI softV92 Modem. What can I do to speed things up, DSL is not possible.Thank you