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DSL modem wearing out?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by ebonyruffles, Feb 7, 2008.

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  1. ebonyruffles

    ebonyruffles Thread Starter

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    Do modems eventually wear out? I have a Speedstream 5200 DSL modem thru Bell Sympatico. Original one since 2004. Had connection probs for almost a week. Resetting it doesn't help. I can get into many websites but others just hang. I have Vista Home Premium by the way & my Windows mail isn't working, nor can I get onto Sympatico/MSN for webmail. Yahoo mail is fine. Not sure if this has anything to do with it. I could understand if no webpages would load, but it's only certain ones. All my scans are negative for virus, spyware etc. The modem seems a bit warmer than usual. I'm going to pack up all my Bell equipment & go to their store for new stuff if this is the problem. Modems must wear out after a certain length of time, don't they? Just curious.
     
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    Electronic equipment, like most other items, can "wear out"
    The board could have capacitors which are slowly leaking, or resistors which are tracking and bypassing their tru value. etc. It is a matter of luck. I have elctonic equipment (Hi Fi) which is 20 years ols and still performing 100%. I have also returned similar equipment (including an ADSL modem at one point) which was relatively new. Best thing, before you dip your hand in your pocket, is to check the plug in points for your cables etc - maybe clean them up with one of the aerosol cleaners you can purchase today.
    Are you able to borrow a modem from someone and try that first?
     
  3. ebonyruffles

    ebonyruffles Thread Starter

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    Exchanging the DSL modem won't cost me anything, it's included in the monthly bill. I'll try cleaning the connectors like you said. They could be full of cat hair, LOL! Thanks.
     
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