and I'll quit buggin' y'all. I installed a new modem that was either automatically assigned a com port by the modem manufacturer or Windows XP. The problem with that is one of my ISPs com ports don't go as high as the one assigned and I can't get into that ISP. When I contacted the ISP tech support I was told that the problem is either XP or the modem manufacturer issue....they weren't sure. So, does anyone know how to go into Windows XP and manually assign another com port? I've looked high and low...even REGEDIT without any luck. If I still had my old 98 or 2000 OS I wouldn't be buggin' everyone. Once again, thanks. PS...if anyone has info please PM me.