Thanks, Silverous. I think a router would be a step too far for my father (92 years old, and just learning how to use computer!).
I've looked in Tools>Internet Options>Connections as you suggested. There are three radio button items: Never dial a connection. Dial whenever a network connection is not present. Always dial my default connection.
Do these apply to a broadband connection, or only to dialup accounts? If they do apply to BB, which should be chosen?
I think you're all making the assumption that because its broadband its "always on". As he's already said his father had to choose "connect" to dial up - some ADSL modems require this and aren't always on.
Pineman - try it with "Dial whenever a network connection is not present", or "Always dial my default connection". Nothing to lose -you can always set it back.
A router wouldn't be too much for him (I guess as long as someone else set it up !) it would actually make it easier - no need to 'dial'.
I have the same problem, having to connect to outlook express first. But when I connect to IE, my home page appears partially then closes. I then have to click on IE again, which then loads the home page. Why?
I have changed the settings as advised above during this session, so it may be ok next time I log on. But I will still have the problem setting up tabs as I mentioned in my earlier response.