I've moved to a new flat and - at l-o-n-g last - got my pc up, running and connected to the outside world. BTW, any typing errors today can be blamed on overcoming withdrawal symptoms ;o)
Coz I'm no longer on cable, I've had to change to phone line broadband and have gone to virgin broadband.
All the installation has been fine and after a matter of a couple of hours setting things up again, I'm reasonably happy with things.
But... the desktop shortcut that virgin has supplied to connect automatically opens the browser (firefox in my case). Now, that's not the end of the world, but I would really like an icon, on my desktop, that initiates just the broadband connection - and nothing else.
I declined Virgins offer to set up my broadband connection (as this usually sets your home page and search defaults too) and chose to do it myself using the modems own set up CD. This put an icon on my desktop which launched the broadband and nothing more.
johnnyrocker - A broadband connection using a USB modem for example, isn't always on, unlike connecting through a router or a cable connection. It initiates by clicking on the relevant dial up icon after the PC is booted up.
It is possible to get the connection to load on start up automatically by putting a shortcut to the connection in the Start up folder.
I'm now happy. I am, however, avoiding the temptation to make an auto-start in the start up purely so that I have better control of things. I only restart the computer once in a while because it stays on for various updating things when I'm not using it.
Very interesting, thanks...my point was however that unless set to launch automatically at start up you do still have to click on something to launch the connection, it isn't "always-on" as johnnyrocker thought.