I posted this thread and ticked resolved, but it isn't! click here. I now have the pc at my house and it is still virtually silent. I've turned the volume down from max to approx 25% which has reduced the awful Start-Up noise, etc, but the faint sound from the dial-up has remained unchanged.
Stuartli suggested : Go to START, RUN and type REGEDIT. Click on EDIT then click on box FIND. Type in DialPrefix. If you get ModemDialPrefix, ignore and click on FIND NEXT. DialPrefix should be found. If it is set to L0M0D, you need to change it. With DialPrefix highlighted, right click on the mouse and click on edit/change. Change the settings to L3M1D. Then close the registry and try to dial up.
Stuartli, I've now had time to carry out your suggestion, but what I saw didn't seem to match what you suggested and I'm always a little nervous about tampering with the registry . So before I do anything here is what I found: DialPrefix is there, but under Data it just says D. (You said it might be set to LOMOD). Where do I go from here, please?
Last night I did a trawl through all previous postings on the subject of modems and found something that has solved it. It was this link, about a noisy modem, but it works in reverse too click here and Santos7 said "Go to start>settings>control panel> and double click modems, select your modem and click properties. Under the modem tab, adjust the modem slider....". And that's done it. it was that particular slider that I'd never accessed before. I can now tick resolved. Thanks everyone.
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