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Satellite modem and startup IE

by TONI H / October 8, 2005 10:39 PM PDT

When I boot up my computer, I want to be able to start IE at the desktop automatically, but can't figure out a way to make it happen with a slight pause.

My satellite service takes a few extra seconds at the desktop before the service is actually initialized for the signal, and if I put IE into the startup items, it messes with that initialization enough that the webpge and/or data accellerator tunnel goes down, and I have to reset the modem and reboot again.

Is there a way that I can actually delay the startup of IE for about 20 seconds before it tries to start so I can get my coffee or whatever while the system and the satellite are booting up and have my homepage waiting for me when I get here?

Using the scheduled tasks isn't the answer as my startup time varies every day.

TONI

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What about
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 8, 2005 10:54 PM PDT

starting IE to a blank page, (in Tools > Internet Options > Connections tab, select ''Never dial a connection''), then when you come back to the computer you goto your bookmarked, (favorite) web site.

Or does that defeat the issue?

I use my own home page, not published on a server anywhere, just stored on my own computer, and have my IE set up that way. When I open it, I just click a link in the home page to go to where I want.

Mark

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never dial a connection
by TONI H / October 9, 2005 1:12 AM PDT
In reply to: What about

only is available on a dial up modem....mine is an 'always on' LAN connection for the satellite modem. And setting IE for a blank page instead of my website home page didn't work either. The 'connection' still tries to load a webpage of some type, even a blank one, so the tunnel shuts down and I have to reboot the computer without IE in the startup folder in order to get the programs to initialize for the modem 'green light' showing it's ready to surf.

I need to find a way to just delay the startup of IE for about twenty seconds before trying to open up. I just don't know if that's possible.

TONI

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i read somewhere that this might help you
by jonah jones / October 9, 2005 1:21 AM PDT
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thanks, jonah....
by TONI H / October 9, 2005 1:33 AM PDT

downloaded it and will give it a try. If this works, you gave me a great option that I couldn't find on my own.

TONI

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In Scheduler there's the option to start whatever ...
by martylk2 / October 9, 2005 1:33 AM PDT

process listed, including IE, at system start-up as well as logon.

I didn't actually set a task but I did follow it through to the finish screen which had a check box to show advanced options...then I canceled.

Would that "advanced options" help you?

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I was getting the impression
by TONI H / October 9, 2005 1:42 AM PDT

from Advanced that although I could schedule it for a specific time to load up, that time will vary every day when I boot up the computer as I never know what time I'll be actually getting up. I also couldn't find a way to delay the startup specifically to about 20 seconds after turning on the computer and actually getting to the desktop instead of immediately after getting there since my satellite modem takes about that long to actually be ready to surf.

I don't leave the computer on 24/7 all the time so the modem isn't in a 'ready to surf' position even though it's 'always on' via the LAN connector. There are five lights on the modem....four are constant 'always on'. The fifth doesn't turn on for the 'ready to surf' position until the computer is actually booted up, reaches the desktop, and that web page accellerator initializes. That is the 20 second delay I need before IE can actually open up and be at a website that I determine or just a 'blank page' option.

TONI

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Well, let us know how well the StartDelay works.
by martylk2 / October 9, 2005 2:02 AM PDT

I downloaded it, also but am going to wait for confirmation that it's safe and works well.

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THANK YOU, JONAH
by TONI H / October 9, 2005 2:47 AM PDT

I set it for 30 seconds after putting the shortcut to IE into the startup folder.....and rebooted the computer. Since windows no longer controlled the startup from that folder, the shortcut to IE was removed automatically from that folder but StartupDelay slammed my website up within 30 seconds after reaching the desktop. This gave my satellite modem time to initialize and it all worked perfectly.

I had also marked the settings to start the program up in a Maximized window, which it didn't do....it came up in a normal sized window, but that's a minor issue and will look at the settings again to see if it can be changed again in case that setting didn't take affect.

Otherwise, I am a very, very happy camper here. Neat little program........

TONI

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Yep, definitely works good...
by martylk2 / October 9, 2005 3:13 AM PDT
In reply to: THANK YOU, JONAH

very simple to use, also.

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Good work Jonah and Toni
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 9, 2005 4:48 AM PDT
In reply to: THANK YOU, JONAH

I'm glad you got such a simple solution.

Mark

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You can also change the delay in the
by Ray Harinec / October 9, 2005 2:30 AM PDT

boot.ini file. However, That delay may be before your Starband is activated.

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