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Quark

Top Member
Allo, Allo. Have just noticed my IE browser is now provided by tesco, even though I did a 'Custom' set up in which I thought I excluded that!
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70cm guy

Pro Member
Many thanks Quark for your excellent instructions on removing the dialer etc, I'm sure other potential users will find it usefull.

Regarding the browser title change I'm sure you probably know how to change it back to what you want, if not just ask.

Rgds 70cm.
 

louisbs

Pro Member
Open up regedit and do a search for .. "provided by" then just change it. :)
 

70cm guy

Pro Member
Mandy some people are not too happy probing in the registry via 'regedit' so here is a method that doesn't involve it.

Open notepad and type this into it,

[branding]
CompanyName=
Window_Title= Microsoft Internet Explorer

then click on file, choose save as and save the file to your desktop, it doesn't matter what you call it as long as you put .ins at the end.

Then double click on the file you've just created, and ignore the warning message and press OK.

Next time you start your browser the branding will have gone.

Rgds 70cm.

<small>[ 27.11.2002, 06:46 PM: Message edited by: 70cm guy ]</small>
 

Quark

Top Member
That’s all handy info! cheers.
Guess wot. Tried registering this evng. When got near to end after giving details.
And being connected over 25 mins. I got alternating “Registering acct.”/”Error” message.

Phoned up & sad to say “ there are problems with registrations”.
But this morning, (as at present) auto message did promise would be fixed shortly.
Ah!
Not a good start, but hoping for better.

:cool:
 

70cm guy

Pro Member
Hi Quark sorry to hear that m8 as you say a bad start, but things can only get better :)

I hope your 25 minutes wasn't all filling in the form, what do they need your life history or did problems make it protracted.

Best of luck for your next try and keep us informed please.

Rgds 70cm.
 

Quark

Top Member
Hi 70cm guy. 25 mins was more a combination of problems. Pages were also perhaps slow or shifting etc.
Actually completed registration Thu evng.
Well for the most part.

That is to say, paid first payment, got name & p/w.
But still wasn’t able to connect, as info pages were cut off short at end.
But got sorted this morning ok (from 0845 info).

Took daytime package for now. Was orig. thinking of perhaps taking look at F24.
But needed replacement quick, & thought would give this a try out first.
(Been connected about half hr, so far so good).

:) :cool:
 

70cm guy

Pro Member
Hi Quark thanks for the update, it sounds a bit dodgy at the moment but all ISPs occasionally suffer from that and I suppose it's only fair to give them at least a two weeks trial before reaching conclusions.

Such a well know name as Tesco will I'm sure be at pains to establish a good reliable internet service and probably unlike other ISPs are able to fianance the project from their considerable retail profits to the benefit of its users.

Regards 70cm.
 

70cm guy

Pro Member
quote by Quark
I started to sign up, then found was being charged 4p min (0845), am leaving until later.
I phoned them & it is not possible to sign up on line with your own cheaper, or existing connection.
“Coming after Christmas”. (So are a lot of other things).

Hi does this mean at the moment the only way to sign up to them is via the CD.
RGDS 70cm

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A.D.B.M

Top Member
Just signed up with Tesco net, did a trace on the network seems to be lots of hops compared with some of my other dialups, however at the moment their network appears to be fast with good ping times, how long that will last remains to be seen, it has the potential to go pear-shaped. (Grocery department pun)
Good gaming pings at the moment get them while they last!
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Quark

Top Member
Hi 70cm guy. I’m still ‘testing out’ at moment. So delayed reply until today. I’m not sure of the answer to your query. But I was told emphatically that it’s not possible to register from another connection.
So I suspect that it may only possible to sign on/chng accts on line for existing customers. Or if is possible, then I think it would be using their dial up number/connection. Perhaps ADBM may know different.

Support seems quite helpful. 10 min ‘Idle’ cut off time means & does just that (a number of times) if pausing too long between changing pages.
Connections & speeds seemed reasonable for Thu & Fri. Reserving judgement on Sat. afternoon at present I’m not certain as yet if slow speed encountered may have been down to me. If was ok for everyone else, then I guess it must have been me. Just cut off again typing this, which is becoming a pain.
Yes T&C blah blah, sign here! Best to read before getting to sign up if wanting to be able to read T&C.
:) :cool:
 

A.D.B.M

Top Member
Its not really possible to register it seems, because you need to be on their dialup to get on the register page, here is the address for you to try <a href="https://tesco.autoregister.net/cd" target="_blank">https://tesco.autoregister.net/cd</a> if you use the Tesco dialup the page works, however you still need the Tesco.net serial number on the back of their 50p anytime CD to register. They are definitely making it a bit over complicated to join, seems a bit strange that you cannot do it online.
Using the Tesco.net disk was slow to signup the hole process taking 10+ minutes, finally when you have answered the seemingly endless questions it installed a dialler which always opens on the Tesco webpage hummm, I uninstalled that and made normal windows dialup as below
The dial number is 08089909002 for anytime then use you account name and password the rest of the settings are the same default settings for most ISP dialups, DNS setting if you want are 194.168.4.100 and 194.168.8.100.
As I said before it does seem at the moment to be a quick network using 64k, possibly because none of you lot are using it yet. I can imagine if it does take off a few ISP’s will be a bit nervous of a large player like Tesco’s getting more involved in the seedy world of the anytime internet dialup, should be fun.
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70cm guy

Pro Member
Hi Quark no problem with the delay replying infact sometimes it's better to wait and get a longer term impression of conditions isn't it, and thanks for your observations so far.

A.D.B.M thanks for your usefull information, and as you say they do seem to be making it more difficult than necessary which could put some people off the idea but a low uptake will benefit the present users contention ratio in accessing the service.

Rgds to you both 70cm.
 

Vispa

ISP Rep
Just for the record Tesco.net appears to be using the NTL network (08089909*), thus anyone who knows that NTL coverage is not available for them may well have problems.

Steve
 

Quark

Top Member
Iv'e found that the 10 min "Idle Time" doesnt respect or recognize an 'conversation' being held on MSM Messenger. Even EcosseTel didnt do this. (Or at least my little 'preventive' measure worked).
Having said that, this might or not apply to other ISPs inc. Vispa who have posted here, who I'm sure may be very good, but which unfortunately tend to be a bit more expensive.

I think it unlikely that Tesco will go broke with this venture, which is obviously a worry to other ISPs. If tesco fin up whopping up prices, or cutting down the time, then they will those those customers again anyway.

I dont know why the availibility of NTL should affect 0808 connection. NTL is not avail for miles & miles from me. I would be with them if it was!
And yes I am aware NTL run the service thank you.
:cool:
 

70cm guy

Pro Member
Hey Quark I'v just noticed my last post to you gave me another silver star, you've only got 36 to go m8
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Rgds 70cm.

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Vispa

ISP Rep
Quark NTL provide a FRIACO product called OnNet which many ISP's use to provide services. Calls are filtered from your local BT exchange to the NTL network. Coverage however is only available to 86% of the UK at present, which means people in areas deemed by NTL to be unviable get an engaged/busy tone whatever the time of the day. Most people who have faced NTL coverage problems in the past will know they need to look at a BTnet based ISP.

Ref: Idle time, nope we are not that strict, though I am sure Tesco have a reason for the way they have asked there suppliers to setup the service.

Steve
 

A.D.B.M

Top Member
I seem to remember Energis had some multi million pound internal networking contract with Tesco to link all their stores up, I wonder why they used NTL to provide their dialup.
 
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