Solved: Phone cable on laptop?

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General Question: Does the length of a phone cord from the wall to the laptop have any effect on the computer?
Reason: I have a Toshiba 1800 which I ran on a 25ft cord (aprox) and the modem fried in the first week of ocassional use. My retailer replaced the laptop, no problem. I want to make sure that long cord I used on the first laptop will not damage this new one before I hook it up to that long cord again. I'm thinking resistance? Thanks Dave.
 
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The length of the cord will have an effect on connection performance, but not on frying your modem.
 
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I traveled with several modem devices for years. My standard connection was with a 25 foot cable as the phone jacks in hotels aren’t always convenient to a workplace. Never had a problem. They didn’t have data or reliability problems with the 25 foot cord.

Some hotels have a duplex digital phone system that will fry a modem. You have to check in any large facility before connecting to a phone jack. Most mobile modems will have a warning stating exactly what kind of phone systems you can’t plug into. It’s been a while so I don’t remember the exact designation to ask about. I know friends carried a simple tester for the purpose.
 
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