you mentioned its a Abit board so I am assuming the bios has these options I will mention below
when in safe mode and trying to take out the ethernet card, it says it cannot be uninstalled from the computer because the computer may need it to boot up, so all i can do is disable it
This could be because in bios under "Intergrated Periphers" then under "Onchip pci devices" lan boot rom is set to enable. Disable it and try uninsalling the card.
Samm is on the right track here the cards because of irq issues need to be uninsalled and the reinsalled to sort all this out and I think that the new firer wirer card is bad but to make sure this ain't a bug in bios try this, again if your bios has this option,
Under "Advanced Bios Features" Enable "Unused Pci devices" this way the system will send clock signals to all pci slots even if no card is installed. I would enable this setting then try reinstalling all the cards including the firewirer card.
Also I have heard reports that some times when installing a sound card in a pci slot next to the agp slot can cause some problems so try and avoid this if possible but I can not verify this is accurate
I duno if any of this will will help but its worth checking out.
Edited by Doby, 08 May 2005 - 08:44 PM.