Connecting to AOL without using their software

  CurlyWhirly 22:17 26 Jun 2005

I am sure that someone posted an article on how to achieve this but I have lost the link so could anyone post a link on how to accomplish this as I have just found out that I can use Outlook Expres as my e-mail client in place of AOL's.

I *have* done a Google but the solutions I have found result in error messages like:

'Error 797. A connection to the remote computer could not be established due to the modem being busy or not found'

and also:

'Error 691. Access was denied because the username and/or password was invalid on the domain'

I am using Windows XP Home with AOL 9 and a BT Voyager 100 USB ADSL modem.
Can anyone point me in the right direction?

  CurlyWhirly 22:21 26 Jun 2005

p.s. I have NEVER tried connecting without the AOL software and what made me want to try it was seeing this article:

click here

  daba 23:21 26 Jun 2005

When I use AOL many, many moons ago, I was dissatisfied with the "tacky" appearance of their browser.

After connecting using the AOL application (yuk!), I simply started IE and continued my surfing from there.

It could be that this is still possible.....

  CurlyWhirly 23:29 26 Jun 2005

Thanks. Yes it is possible but I want to avoid all the bloatware as when I checked in Windows Task Manager the main AOL program file (WAOL.exe) is around 125 mb in length.

I would still have the 'bloatware' on my PC as it would still be there running in the background if I just minimized AOL 9.0 and used Firefox or Internet Explorer instead!

  feb 23:32 26 Jun 2005

"Right click" on the AOL icon in the system tray, then click "start AOL dialer"

  ton 23:34 26 Jun 2005

AOL icon in taskbar bottom right - Right click this, then left click 'Start AOL dialer'.

  CurlyWhirly 23:35 26 Jun 2005

Thanks. I don't have AOL 9.0 in my system tray.
By system tray I assume you mean windows taskbar?

  ton 23:35 26 Jun 2005


  CurlyWhirly 23:39 26 Jun 2005

I have just looked in MSconfig and I have disabled the entries: AOLdial.exe and AOL 9.0 tray icon so this could explain it.

  feb 23:40 26 Jun 2005

system tray is next to the clock

  CurlyWhirly 23:41 26 Jun 2005

Sorry I don't follow you as on my PC the clock is on the right hand side of the windows taskbar.

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