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

  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!

  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.

  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.

  ton 23:46 26 Jun 2005

The icon is on the same side as the clock.

  CurlyWhirly 23:47 26 Jun 2005

[QUOTE]do you have any icons next to the clock?

Yes around 12!

  ton 23:58 26 Jun 2005

If the icon is not there you need to go to msconfig and tick the box 'AOL 9.0 tray icon'.

Then restart the PC and the icon should be there.

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