LilJoe wrote:I'm sorta digging up an old thread ... but, I would love to dial into some BBSs (not telnet) however, I have know idea where to start, I can only just remember dialup and BBSs were long gone before I was even born (1999) so any help is welcome . I went looking for an analog modem, I found two possibilities: both ISA cards, will these work? (I can plug an ADSL cable into them)
Those are PCI cards
It's been a long time since I've done much with dial-up from terminal programs, but those should work with a Windows comms program - even HyperTerminal would do the job. If you want to use a proper old-school DOS terminal program (Procomm Plus, Telix) then you'd need to find an ISA card (like this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industry_Standard_Architecture#mediaviewer/File:Us_robotics_isa_modem-2011-04-11.jpg) or an external modem.
Earlier in the thread I saw someone with an issue where the modem would report "BUSY" while the phone was ringing - this is a modem detecting the NZ ring tone as a US busy tone. USR modems tended to do this. There is an AT command to disable busy, I can't remember it at the moment, but hopefully someone here remembers it. If not, it shouldn't be hard to find. Crafting modem init strings was a bit of an art!
I took my BBS down at the end of 1995 - it's archived on a whole lot of QIC tapes I can't read now - and I probably haven't called a BBS since 1996 or so.