Sanderson's Compleat Guide to DUNning Win2k into talking Compuserve

Network troubleshooting
DSL, cable, modems, etc.

First, GO WINNT and grab this file:

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Title : DialUp Connection for Windows 2000

This document shows how to set up a Dial-Up Networking connection to CompuServe in Windows
2000. Updated August, 2000

For CompuServe members only. Members of CompuServe 2000 cannot use these instructions.

This is a PDF file. It is read using the free Acrobat reader.
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That PDF tells you how to set things up to use CIS.SCP (or something like that). I found that I had to modify the script file as follows (note that you'll need to put your password in
place of "PPPP"):

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CIS Login script for Win2000, from Jerry Sanderson:
I never did get the port to switch states, but it turns out not to be necessary. What you do is have the script only look for the last letter of the prompts "Host Name:" and "User ID:", since they come through ungarbled even with the wrong port setting. At "User ID:", you concatenate commands (I never knew you could do that), and you're on your merry way. Here's the script; personalize as necessary:

proc main
transmit "^M"
waitfor "e:"
transmit "CIS^M"
waitfor "D:"
waitfor "please..."

Insert your user ID and password where shown above. Note that UID uses number comma number notation, not number period number.

Using CompuServe as your Internet network provider
with Windows 95

Copyright 1997, Steven D. Stern



Open the control panel and open the modem icon
If there's none, let Win95 locate the modem.
Check the modem properties to make sure country and areacode information
are correct.

DiaUp Networking

Open My Computer to see if Dial-Up Networking is installed.
If not
open the control panel
open "Add/Remove Programs"
click the "Windows Setup" tab
click on Communications and click on DETAILS
check "Dial-Up Networking"
click on OK

Scripting Tool

Open the control panel
open "Add/Remove programs'
click on the "Windows Setup" tab
Click on "Have Disk"
Enter the drive letter of the CDROM, followed by "\admin\apptools\dscript".
Check "Slip and Scripting Tool for Dial Up Networking"
Click "Install".
Click OK.


Open My Computer
Open Dial-Up Networking
Click Add New Connection (or follow the Wizard)
Name the new connection "CompuServe".
Enter the local phone number.
Click Finish

From START, select Programs, Accessories, Dial-Up Scripting Tool
Select CompuServe on the left.
Click BROWSE and select "CIS.SCP" from the list of scripts.
Click Close and YES.

open Dial-Up Networking
Right click "CompuServe" and select PROPERTIES.
Click "Server Type"
Uncheck "NetBeui" and "IPX/SPX"
Click "TCP/IP settings"
Click "Specify name server address"
Set the Primary DNS to
Set the Secondary DNS to
Click OK.


First time... In My Computer, open Dial-Up Networking and double click

Enter the CompuServe User ID and Password. Check "Save Password".

Click "connect" to verify the connection.

To make available for easy use:

In My Computer / Dial-Up Networking, right click "CompuServe" and select
"Create Shortcut".

This will place a shortcut on the desktop. Double clicking it opens a
connection to CompuServe.

These directions for connecting to CompuServe via a direct,
Ethernet connection to Internet are provided Courtesy of SciNews-
MedNews on CompuServe's Journalism Forum. Please post these to
your own Forums and share widely with credit to above.

The following steps allow you to connect to CompuServe via
Internet while maintaining the graphics users interface (GUI)
provided by CompuServe Information Manager (CIM). This allows
you to avoid using a modem or a telephone line, for example. The
first section explains how to create a modified setup routine for
CIM to allow for this connection.

The second section of directions explains how to go online once
CIM has been modified.

The third section of directions explains how to do the same using
a SLIP or PPP connection.


A. Modifying CIM

Execute CIM (WIN, MAC, or OS2) and make the following setup
changes to create a script that allows CIM to connect to Internet
using a Winsock (or MAC equivalent) program.

1. From the menu selection bar, click on "Special."

2. Under the Special pull down menu, click on "Session

3. Starting in the upper left (and moving down and then down
the right side) of the "Setup Session Settings" Dialogue
Box, click the "New" button in the "Session" Box. Create a
name for the network settings. (We suggest "CompuServe via

4. For the "Alternate" selection, no change is needed.

5. Fill in your "Name" if not already setup and correct.

6. Fill in your CompuServe "User ID" if not already setup and

7. Fill in your CompuServe "Password" if not already setup and

8. "Access Phone" need not be changed and will not be used.

9. Under "Connector", choose "Winsock."

10. For "Baud Rate", choose the fastest speed possible. The
network should default to its maximum rate.

11. For "Network", choose "Internet."

12. For "Dial Type," click on "Direct."

13. "Redial Attempts" needs no change and is not applicable.

14. Click on the "LAN" button, and enter "" as the
"Host Name." Do not enter or change "Host IP Address" or
"Connect Timeout."

15. Click on the "OK" button.


B. Connecting to CompuServe once CIM has been modified:

Once you have made the above changes to CIM to create a routine
for connecting to CIS via Internet, you must then activate both
Winsock (for Windows) or MacTCP and Interslip (for MacIntosh), or
an equivalent program. These programs allows Internet
applications to be transmitted to the the graphics interface of
Windows or MacIntosh. In this case, both programs are run
simultaneously or "stacked."

1. At the Windows Program Manager screen, click on the Trumpet
Winsock icon or other Winsock. (Mac users translate.)

2. Minimize the Winsock Window. (It continues to work in the

3. At the Windows Program Manager screen, click on the CIM

4. Connect to CompuServe using your normal routine. We suggest
adding Journalism Forum to your "Favorite Places" menu and
then double click on Journalism Forum to "GO JForum."


C. Connecting to CompuServe via a SLIP or PPP connection.

This application probably is reasonable only if you have a local
Internet access provider but do not have a local CIS access
number and must dial long distance. If you are trying to connect
to CompuServe via Internet using a SLIP or PPP connection (via
modem) to an Internet provider, the above settings still apply.

1. At the Windows Program Manager screen, click on the Trumpet
Winsock icon or other Winsock. (Mac users translate.)

2) Click on "Dialer."

2) Click on "Log In" (This assumes you are already setup for
using Winsock for a local provider.)

3) After dialing is completed, minimize the Winsock "Window"
and return to CIM and connect as in 3 in section B above.