connecting to aol without the software

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by forcer, Dec 21, 2003.

  1. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    is it possible to connect to AOL without loading that ****in software... using XP

    thanx
     
  2. PseudoKiller

    PseudoKiller Zug Zug

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    no... you need their software to authenticate and use their services.
     
  3. gonaads

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  4. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    that page asumes you are allready on line.

    I think the question is asking if you can use the computer dialer instead of the aol dialer
     
  5. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    Good Point. I wasn't sure if he had internet access already. :eek:
     
  6. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    there is an old legend that you can use the windows daler and manually dial into aol with a nation wide number..it's not an 800 number...I don't know if it's true, but it's also claimed the rates are lower if you do it that way
     
  7. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    you have to use their software ;) but as soon as your conected minimize Aol + open firebird :p :cool:
     
  8. dubstar

    dubstar format c:

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    in aol 3.x and below you could use a dialer that was modified. i downloaded the ao-dialer from a weird website, and i didnt really trust it, but my friend setup a firewall to make sure it wasnt doing anything funny.. and it worked fine.

    i dont think you can do it anymore, but hey, who knows.
     
  9. scriptasylum

    scriptasylum Moderator

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    I've asked this same question in several other forums and I was always told you have to run AOL's bloatware. Ugh. I hated it, which is why I'm happy as can be on cable! :)

    I've even called AOL support and they had to go talk to a tech. You'd think this question would pop up often enough that they would have the answer handy. Anyway, they said it couldn't be done too. They also said they didn't have a version or method to connect in Linux. Another reason for the switch to cable.

    And you know, broadband really isn't that much more expensive anymore.
     
  10. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    If I recall correctly saw on I think sourceforge there was a linux aol proggy that would allow you to connect to aol using linux ... I think it just used Wine maybe?

    *Edit* - was on freshmeat.net and here it is.

    *Edit #2* - here it is in english
     
  11. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    ok, just got the lowdown from aol tech support...tee hee...making believe I actually want to sign up

    yes, there are legasy customers that were given the ability to get on line without the aol software...he says they might still be able to do it.

    in addition, if you are already a memeber, they have in the works a dialer that does not use the aol software...you can use it if you sign up to be a beta tester.
     
  12. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    ^^ that is true n Aol 9ish they are planning to introduce a dialer only package ;) go to Aol kyword beta or beta 9 to have a look see :D
     
  13. X-Istence

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    we dont do keywords henyman.
     
  14. freightgod

    freightgod Confused and Bewildered

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    I'm intrigued. What is this AOL? Internet access for 'tards?
     
  15. daddyo

    daddyo OSNN Addict

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    Okay, just one question and I'll leave this alone:

    WHY would anyone WANT to log onto AOL? I mean if you're totally inept, then maybe consider it, but otherwise....awfuggetaboutit.
     
  16. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    Is this there new "netscape" ISP project thingy?
     
  17. cryogenic

    cryogenic OSNN Addict

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    Actually... not only is AOL trialling a dialer program that allows you to connect without loading their bloatware.. err, software... they're also trialling IMAP access to their email. ;) Never thought that'd happen!
     
  18. grimman

    grimman Guest

    There ought to be a better alternative... right?
     
  19. gonaads

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  20. dubstar

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    my grandma (83 years old) learned AOL, and is too stubborn to switch to something else... its just easier.