The host CPU is used for both the modem and the screen rendering so if it got a little busy then what you noted would happen. There was no real cure short of a "real hardware modem."
Your issue could be elsewhere but the clue is not in your post.
im not sure if this is the right forum but here goes
For some strange reason whenever i try running my internet explorer it only partly loads a screen before it becomes unresponsive and freezes.
im on a windows 98se with 56k dial up and i was wondering if anyone might know why this keeps happening..I have tried getting rid of the IE and redownloading and installing fresh ones and the problem remains. and yet when i use mozilla firefox the problem doesnt exist and while firefox is a decent browser its not quite the good ol' iE that i prefer
so if anyone could tell my why this might be happening and what i can do to fix it would be appreciated