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Entourage X modem dialing bug fix Apps
I love Entourage X, but I have had one constant problem since I have been using it, which has been driving me to distraction, until now.

Whenever I launched Entourage and I didn't have an active internet connection, Entourage would automatically dial my Powerbook's internal modem. Only problem is, I have an ADSL connection using my Ethernet port! I would have to cancel the modem's dial attempt, and then activate the PPPoE connection via the menubar manually. I figured it was an Entourage bug, until now.

I was recently playing with the Location settings in the Apple Menu, and stumbled across a section of the Network Preference Pane I had completely missed, up until now.

Simply launch the Network Preference Pane, and under the "Show" drop-down menu, select Active Network Ports. In my case, I only use the Built-in Ethernet port for my connection, so I moved that port to the top of the list, and deselected the rest. I saved my changes, and launched Entourage without an active internet connection, and to my great satisfaction found that Entourage automatically connected via my ADSL Built-in Ethernet connection!

I hope this is as helpful to someone else as it was to me....
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Leave Network ports off
Authored by: eagle_eyes on Jan 23, '02 10:24:51AM

I found that when dealing with multiple different networks (I have a powerbook that travels all over) that it is often easier to have extra unused ports turned off. esp the modem! and having the airport card off when not in use seems to save on the battery.

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Disable - Connect Automatically ...
Authored by: kaptaineric on Feb 03, '02 10:43:10PM

    You can also prevent the analog modem from dialing up on its own by disabling the auto-dial feature.
  1. Open the Network Panel by clicking on the Apple Menu > System Preferences.
  2. Click on the Network Icon.
  3. Click the Show pulldown.
  4. Choose the Internal Modem option.
  5. Click the PPP tab.
  6. Click on the PPP Options button.
  7. Disable - Connect automatically when starting TCP/IP applications
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click the Apply Now button

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