Sorry for the delayed response; I never got an e-mail notification that there was a reply to this thread.
Anyway, I think a clean install might be a good thing to try; also, it would be good to get rid of that pirated copy of XP and buy a legitimate copy.
I ended up doing as you suggested(a few weeks ago). I received my "licensed" copy of Windows XP pro, and installed it directly to his harddrive, without doing any re-fromatting.(nobody I talked with could tell me if I installed it over the top of the old version, if I could still keep his data that he already had, or lose it). Anyway,after doing the install,,whenever he boots up, he has two choices,,the old version(that wouldnt let him use dial up) or the newer version(which all functions work like they should). Dont know why that happened, but apparantly I created a "dual boot" system. It doesnt hurt anything, and guess I coujld just delete the other option, but dont wont to lose any information(I dont know if that would happen or not),,,but,,,right now,,if it "aint broke, dont fix it"....Thanks for the reply,,although late in arriving,,its always nice to know I will get a response on here to questions!
..............For the last "poster",,,,DSL will not be availble to my "country" home until this summer, but I assure you, I'm already on their "list"