I have a asp.net 3.5 (vb.net) application that after the user authenticates loads a large chunk of data, the issue is the screen just freezes until the data load is completed. This makes it look to the user like it has hung and they are closing the browser. Is there a way to force the application screen to finish loading prior to making the call to the database or somehow thread the request so the page renders while its loading the data. I know this must be a common problem but googling hasn't yeilded anything usable. Your advise is greatly appreciated.