Ole Sig - 2004-10-30

How do I work with timeout errors?

I am including some data from a server, which sometimes are closed. When that happens I get this result on my webpage:
Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in c:\ibserver\www\modules\Snoopy.class.php on line 1086

That gives me two problems:
1) I would like to set the timeout time smaller. I have set $_fp_timeout=2 but it still takes 30 secs. to timeout.
2) I would like to show something else than the time-out msg. "No data available" or something like that.

Does anyone have any ideas how to do that?