Last week i was downloading a file at 5.23 on a standard fone line but now for some reason every download is marked at 1.25 and it is annoying me downloading 1 meg in 16 minutes.
Could there be any reason for it doing that, as it has stuck at the other speed for ages.
these shouldnt make a difference but sometimes they can be set to run at start up & with xp hiding sys tray icons you could be connected & not know it. Oh yeah 56k modem cables do become faulty over time. Have you had BT increase the gain on your line ?
More than likley a network problem even with adsl - t3 - cable if you come across a bottle neck in the network download speeds will drop to the speed of a 56k. I've been using 56k for 3 x year on aol as well and the speeds vary all the time the fastest I've ever had was a steady 12kbs all the way through. But the norm is starting @ 4kbs and dropping to between 1 & 2.
Back when I used dialup, the phone company would switch the route that my phone line took when they added substations in or needed to add things. My connection speeds would change from 48800 all the way down to 28.8 just because of this. It would go to a city south of where my ISP was, then need to come all the way back north. If this is the case, sometimes they can change the line you are using or put you on a better quality line. I suggest getting cable, its almost as cheap as Dial-up now anyway