After the lengthy update on Friday evening , I noted that the update involved everything except SA. After any such update , I have been testing to see if the dialup issue was fixed by it. This time connecting with CompuServe 2000 worked just fine. No freeze-up of the entire system , no need to run the AOL 8.0 software first in order to make the connection work. Tried again later after a fresh boot and it worked fine then as well.