I was at a friends place unpacking an old USR HST 14.4 modem he picked up at a flea market.
We proceed to hook it up to an old 286, asked a friend to put up an old instance of a WWIV BBS he had from "back in the day", fire up telix and issued an ATDT command.
We get a dialtone and it proceeds to dial. However.. wait for it.. it never connects and we get a "NO CARRIER" error from Telix. Yeah i know, how ironic given my handle and all.
In fact, i don't remember if the old USR modems turned off the speaker when it began detecting a carrier, so i don't know if the modem itself is busted.
My friend is running DSL in his house, could it be that modems don't work anymore over modern phone lines? (this could be way out there, but i haven't touched a modem in over ten years)..