With the help of an AOL (free hours) disk, I discovered my problem was not hardware, but software. My ISP program possibly had a corrupted file. So I downloaded a fresh replacement for my ISP and installed it tonight.IT WORKED!!!
Hope to be hear a lot more in the future. Um, there was a small side-effect of using the library computer. I had to pass the videos and DVDs they have to borrow and I have been watching quite a few... Mostly musicals (Hello Dolly, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Singin' In the Rain) and Mom checked out others including Harvey, The silent version of Phantom of the Opera. No wonder Jasper wanted to dance with the cast of Cats in the vacation thread!
Anyway, it's great to be able to get on when I want and in the comfort of my jammies!