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I contacted the helpdesk for my chosen ADSL-provider and they had apparently never received my application form...so after we had sorted it out over the phone and I'd given them all my details, the person on the other end mentioned that it might take up to 6 weeks to take effect!

I made my mind up then and there to start up the CompuServe connection anyway, despite what all my computer nerd acquaintances had said, and it all seemed to go swimmingly until a message popped up on my screen to say that it failed to detect a "carrier signal" (or possibly "carry signal", I can't tell, as it's all in Dutch and I don't understand computers when they speak Dutch to me). Of course, the A4-size instruction manual didn't mention this error in the two lines that actually deal with solving problems, and now I'm stumped. I've no idea what it's trying to tell me, but I fear it might be something along the lines of: "You want Internet-access, lady? Pah! Forget it!"

And, as if I haven't got enough to deal with at the moment, I get the distinct impression that the electricity is failing in my flat. Now, there are two lights that won't switch on - and it's neither the bulb nor the fuse, 'cause I checked those. I've just gotten a horrible thought: the wiring must be at least 30 years old. Maybe I should have it replaced?


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Nov. 13th, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
If I wanted to bore you, I could tell you about my ADSL woes....months of waiting, then the sudden failure after two weeks of rapture...Enfin, good luck with it!

Electricity: possibly. How many groups do you have? Modern households use more than one or two. Are you sure about the date? Ask advice from the Electricity Provider, either live or phone or internet.

Nov. 13th, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)
How many groups do you have

Two. Well, the flat is 55 years old, after all. I'm not even sure when the last time was anyone looked at it. I know I haven't in the 7 years I've been there (of course, I had a surveyor in when I was considering buying the place, and he said the wiring would need replacing soon as it was 'ancient and not up to spec', but then I just conveniently forgot about it until last night when I realised something might be wrong -- these lights? They're on different groups).

*waves back*

Hey, I'm kind of mobile again -- what say we have another face-to-face with tea and cookies? It's been a while...
Nov. 13th, 2004 08:28 am (UTC)
Great plan! Do you have a date in mind? Perhaps after Santa CLaus, as that and NaNoWriMo make me kind of busy...
Nov. 15th, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)
Christmas? You wanna wait till Christmas?!

Oh wait, do you mean our Sinterklaas? Alright, yeah, sure...when that again, 3 weeks from now? That'll work for me...how's about the Wednesday following, or...?
Nov. 15th, 2004 10:26 am (UTC)
That'll make it...8 December? Let's!
Nov. 13th, 2004 06:31 am (UTC)
It's definitely "carrier" signal. And it means, when you plug the modem in to the telephone jack, the modem isn't "hearing" anything. This means one of the following:

1. You aren't actually plugged into a working telephone line.

2. Your line isn't set up for ADSL (I don't know about Europe, but in the U.S., they have to put a special thingy on the line at the telephone office to set it up for ADSL.)

3. Your modem isn't working.

The "six weeks" your chosen provider cited makes me think it might be number 2. In which case, you can't have ADSL until then -- from anybody.
Nov. 13th, 2004 06:35 am (UTC)

You're the 2nd person to opt for likelihood number two. I checked the line and the jack and it all seems to working alright as long as there's a telephone connected to it, so it does seem to make sense...Drat, drat, and drat again. But thanks for commenting!
Nov. 13th, 2004 06:47 am (UTC)
Are you sure there are no free dial up providers you could use short term?
Nov. 15th, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
Tried that. That's when it gave me the no carrier message...Perhaps I should try configuring the modem?
Nov. 15th, 2004 05:16 am (UTC)
Dial up should just require the phone line, unless your lines aren't as modern as ours.
Nov. 15th, 2004 06:00 am (UTC)
I'm thinking my line is n't as modern as yours, then.
Nov. 15th, 2004 06:02 am (UTC)
Couls always call the phone company and ask them?
Nov. 13th, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, bugger! I'm sitting here with my shiny new broadband :: pets modem:: just waiting for you to get online! Six weeks is just silly.

Sorry to hear about your wiring - perhaps you should get a sparkie in to check it out? Or maybe it's haunted. Cue Twilight Zone music.
Nov. 15th, 2004 05:08 am (UTC)
perhaps you should get a sparkie in to check it out?

Item no. 1 on my Christmas list!
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