The Alcatel can be extremely troublesome to setup [particularly with Via chipsets]as it seems very sensitive to PC configuration - I say can be, as it can also install in minutes and give no problems.Any potential problems are usually associated with the power demands on the USB ports - thus fitting an internal modem is one of the remedies.
I've got the Alcatel[and had considerable initial setup problems] so would be interested to hear your experience if you decide to use the PCI, as I'm thinking of going that route in my new PC.
The usb modem from pipex is an Alcatel Speedtouch 330, just installed it now and connected with no problems at all, I think that if you follow the instructions link to the pipex setup site in the introductory letter, rather than the modems' instructions then it's quite straight forward.
One thing that is puzzling me though is that my comp seems to be running a lot faster (P4, 2 Ghz, XP) since I set broadband up - I don't mean netwise, but XP is quicker, windows open faster etc etc, am I imagining this??
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