Ok, guru guys and gals, get ready to put on your thinking caps.
In the past few months I have seen this problem 4-5 times, and each time it occurs I get more and more determined to find an Actual Solution, other than just forgoing the PCI slots and Using a USB or Serial External Modem.
The situation: A PC running Win 98 has its PCI modem Stop Functioning (this particular incident is Win 98 1st ed, and I failed to properly track the prior OS's since I didn't realize it was going to be a recurring problem like this) After Diagnosing that, indeed, the modem is the failing piece of the "I can't get onto the internet" process, I try installing Several different Brands and Models/Chipsets of PCI modems in the system. These attempts will invariably fail, and I have become able to Identify that no PCI modem will work after the first attempt of late, due ro my familiarity with this Situation.
In order to help you out, here are the responses that i get from various Modems:
Conexant Based Modems: Install the Modem Enumerator, sometimes successfully, sometimes with a error loading the drivers. And No other Drivers load, it does not install the wave device..etc.
Intel Based Modems: Only tried the one type, and its an Ambient MD3200 Chipset. These particular modems Detect, and Begin to install, but always Blue Screen, and are not installed upon a reboot.
Pc-Tel chipsets: Just dont even try to install, and forced (add hardware) is no help.
Any thoughts would be Appreciated...