Is this pure coincidence? I had three friends phone me yesterday to say their modems had gone down. One lives about 40 miles from me, the other two quite close. Today, my modem went down. It couldnt load the drivers even after reinstalling them. I have put another modem in but we have not had any electrical storms and surely this is more than coincidence? We are all with BT and wondered if they could have crossed their wires somewhere by mistake? The only other common thing is, we have all just installed the microsoft patch although we didnt have the blaster virus. I dont suppose the patch could damage a modems firmware?