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Q.  How Do I Silence My Modem In Windows?  Squeals And Strange Sounds I Should Record For Halloween.

A.  As soon as your modem starts to dial your ISP's telephone number, the minute it makes contact the modem starts screeching and wailing as if it is in pain. This can be extremely irritating. Fortunately it is easy to stop.

1. Click the Start button

2. In the Start menu click Control Panel

3. In the Control panel click the Phone and Modem icon

4. The phone and modem options window opens.

5. Click the Modem tab and then click the Properties button at the base of the window

6. In the Modem Properties window click the Advanced tab

7. In the advanced tab window a dialog box called Extra Initialization Commands should be visible.

8. In this box type: M0 (the 0 being Zero)

9. Click OK to exit

10. You can also use the volume control on the Modem tab in the modem properties window to turn off the modem speaker

An alternative is as follows: This is for PC with Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed.

1. Click the Start button

2. On the Start menu click Control panel

3. In the Control panel click the Network Connection Icon

4. Right Click on the Dial Up Connection icon for your ISP

5. From the drop down menu select Properties

6. In the Properties window you will see a section marked Connect Using. Below this will be details of your modem

7. Click the Configure button

8. The modem configuration window will now open

9. Near the bottom of the window you will see an option marked Enable Modem Speaker. There should be a tick mark inside the box on the left of this option

10. To Disable the modem speaker simply remove the tick mark, Click OK then Exit all other open windows.

Let me know if you need anything else.

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