At uni I run Windows XP with the Novell XP beta client software to connect to a 10Base-T network (I know the final client release is out so I'll grab that when I go back after Xmas). My NIC is based on a generic Realtek-chipset (RTL3189). Now I'm back at home I want to connect to the internet using dial-up (on my folks PC at the moment, BTW). The problem is that when I run the New Connection Wizard, the option to connect using a modem (as well as that for on/off ASDL) is greyed out. The only option available is broadband/LAN access. What's going on? My modem is installed correctly and is on the XP HCL. I have even tried disabling the NIC and uninstalling Novell. Deleting the LAN connection is not possible until I remove the NIC completely (normal). I presume Dial-up networking is part of the standard XP installation since it is not available in the Add/Remove Windows Components applet. Arse. I have used exactly the same PC to access the internet via dial-up except under WindowsME. If I try to "Add" a connection in Internet Options I get Error 711: "The Remote Access Service Manager could not be started". This is strange since I have checked all the dependencies and permissions in Administrative Tools and there seems no reason for RASMan not to start. Is this a known issue? A mate of mine mentioned something similar in Windows2000 that Microsoft apparently released a patch for. Please help! MuFu. P.S. New to this forum, so hello everybody. Just like to say that XP has been great for me apart from a few small niggles such as the one mentioned above. Would never, NEVER go back to ME.