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Windows 2000 isn't logging me on

This week in the forums, a TechRepublic passport holder ponders why his operating system, Windows 2000, isn't logging him on to his ISP. Could it be a problem with his password?

As you know, From the Forums is a weekly column highlighting members' questions from the TechRepublic Support Forum. Soon, you’ll see another version of this column on a completely new version of TechRepublic! Instead of Forums, look for the Technical Q&A tab. You’ll still be able to ask your questions of other TechRepublic members, but in an entirely new way!
Is it my password?
Recently, in the Support Republic Windows Forum, TechRepublic member Ratheon posted a question for fellow TechRepublic passport holders to ponder:

“I’m trying to dial up to an ISP and I can’t get connected. It seems like the problem is the password. Every time I enter the password, it will come back with twice as many characters as what I actually typed? What’s going on?”

And the TechPoints go to…
Ratheon awarded 150 TechPoints to fellow TechRepublic member Mbarros45 for his response to this post. Below, you’ll find Mbarros45’s answer:

“Windows will automatically change the number of asterisks that are displayed in a password dialog box, as a precaution to having someone see the number of characters in your password.

"As far as the password being the trouble, you should check with your ISP to see what type of authentication method they are using. There are several, including Clear Text, CHAP, and MS-CHAP. If the authentication methods do not match, you will not be able to log on. Check for the settings in the properties of the dial-up connection.”
As you probably know by now, you earn TechPoints whenever you use the TechRepublic site. (If you don't know how many TechPoints you have, click the My TechPoints link in our left navigation bar.) When you post a question in one of our forums, you get to designate a certain number of those points as a prize to be awarded to whomever answers your question correctly. After you post a question in a TechRepublic forum, you can check for answers periodically or request an e-mail message notifying you when someone posts an answer to your question. As you know, From the Forums is a weekly column highlighting members' questions from the TechRepublic Support Forum. Soon, you’ll see another version of this column on a completely new version of TechRepublic! Instead of Forums, look for the Technical Q&A tab. You’ll still be able to ask your questions of other TechRepublic members, but in an entirely new way!
Is it my password?
Recently, in the Support Republic Windows Forum, TechRepublic member Ratheon posted a question for fellow TechRepublic passport holders to ponder:

“I’m trying to dial up to an ISP and I can’t get connected. It seems like the problem is the password. Every time I enter the password, it will come back with twice as many characters as what I actually typed? What’s going on?”

And the TechPoints go to…
Ratheon awarded 150 TechPoints to fellow TechRepublic member Mbarros45 for his response to this post. Below, you’ll find Mbarros45’s answer:

“Windows will automatically change the number of asterisks that are displayed in a password dialog box, as a precaution to having someone see the number of characters in your password.

"As far as the password being the trouble, you should check with your ISP to see what type of authentication method they are using. There are several, including Clear Text, CHAP, and MS-CHAP. If the authentication methods do not match, you will not be able to log on. Check for the settings in the properties of the dial-up connection.”
As you probably know by now, you earn TechPoints whenever you use the TechRepublic site. (If you don't know how many TechPoints you have, click the My TechPoints link in our left navigation bar.) When you post a question in one of our forums, you get to designate a certain number of those points as a prize to be awarded to whomever answers your question correctly. After you post a question in a TechRepublic forum, you can check for answers periodically or request an e-mail message notifying you when someone posts an answer to your question.

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