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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?


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!