Recent XP OS patch => BSOD crash. Problem isolated to Lucent WinModem and its driver. Easiest solution is to replace modem. Went to Best Buy and bought a "Broadxent" cheapo modem... Creative Sound Blaster makes it. Driver is "ESS Technologies"... who the Hell ever heard of them?? A few years back I made an emergency run to Best Buy for a modem for my W98 trader... Got a cheapo with ESS driver... The ESS modem has run flawlessly for 5 years and is the fastest dial-up I've got. Probably cost $10 last time... $20 after rebate this time. (I've got a $100 US Robotics modem that runs slower) Thanks to all who offered input!!!!!!!!!