Using Dialing Properties (Win95/98)

This little section gives brief details, with screen shots, on the use of Dialing Properties as part of Troubleshooting a troublesome modem. This is also known as Telephony in win98.
One of the most common errors that I come across whilst providing support on the Internet is wrong entries in this dialog - every entry needs to be correct.

The various entries here are stored within Windows® and not within the modem. This is particularly important for the country/region setting, as it may have to be changed both in this dialog & also within the modem.

Getting there
I am dialing from: This is a friendly name & can be anything or left as it is. Typical usage is for laptop owners that will have one entry called 'Home' & another called 'Work', each with different settings.
country/region [Mine offers 242 Countries!] The country that the modem is in. The modem also has a country setting, but this will probably need changing elsewhere (see here).
Area code: The area code to dial you at your telephone.
For local calls, dial: Normally blank in the UK. An office may need to dial 9 to get an outside line, & would therefore put 9 both here & below.
For long distance calls, dial: Normally blank in the UK, usually has a number in the USA. An office may need to dial 9 to get an outside line, & would therefore put 9 both here & above. This is the best place to put the CLID release code [1470, for BT] for Freeserve.
call waiting Call waiting puts a soft beep on the line when a second person telephones whilst connected, & this stops a data call dead.
tone/pulse dial Most modems can have the way the tones or pulses are produced changed, & this can affect connection. This topic falls into advanced use however, & you are referred to your manual!
calling card This is rarely used with Freeserve as the number - although national - is a local call rate.
Dialing Properties