I may have discovered at least part of my problem with my computer not detecting a dial tone. My computer is hooked into the main ( and now only) phone line. I have call notes which allows me to stay online without being bumped by call waiting. Anyone who leaves a message will trigger a page alert through my cell phone. When I kept getting the "no dialtone" message tonight, it took me several hours to question whether or not the pulsating dial tone (which signals a message has been left through Call Notes) could be the culprit. I cleared the message and was instantly online. Although I can't remember if I had messages waiting the times I couldn't get online recently, but it does sound more feasible a solution than my throwing the Haitian Voodoo doll away. Jan PS thanks for all the grea suggestions. I am definitely going to try cleaning out the box on the outside of my house where the lines come in. To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.