I have one of those piece of crap winmodems, but it gets the job done. Actually for 56k it does really good, i download about 5.7kb a sec with it. But anyways, i was tinkering again (as ussual) and noticed that when I am downloading the modem was using 30-40% (steadily)of my cpu. I know the winmodems are software driven and were CPU hogs, but ding dang that seems kinda high. Just curious of what others are getting for cpu usage when downloading and if it is a "real" modem or a winmodem. Since I am getting dsl next week, i would also be interested in what % of cpu the dsl modem runs at. (I would think this would be fairly low). I have a 1 ghz AMD T-Bird and a Diamond Supra 56k Winmodem Oh yeah... to check CPU usage, right click on the system clock and choose task manager. You will see the usage there. Thanks for any inputs.