Posted 30 May 2008 - 02:09 PM
Yep, it's true Louis. After I'd posted last night, i decided to give it one last try and I uninstalled anything and everything to do with USB, which it did okay. Uninstalled wireless adaptor okay but when it came to the network card, same message.'Windows failed to uninstall this device as it may be needed to boot the computer' All this was done through device manager. I removed all cards from the PCI slots (I only have two) and tried a reboot. Much to my chagrin, I found that yet again I still have the problem of the computer simply will not boot at all without a card of some sort or description in one of the slots. I can't even get into safe mode before the screen turns black, shove a card back in and it boots up fine. Upon reboot, all the Usb's were recognised as new hardware and drivers installed automatically but network adaptors simply sit there glowering at me, useless and unrecognised by hardware profilers. Just to recap, everything was working absolutely fine until I performed the oh so simple task of installing a seemingly innocuous USB PCI carrd, something that I have done many, many times before with no problems whatsoever (not in this computer i must add). So yet again I reckon that the act of putting this thing in has blown, shorted something somewhere on the mainboard and totally screwed the networking side of it. and now as I say, the board needs a card in the slot to act like some kind of jumper to boot up, so I've saved some shillings and in the morning I'm off to buy a new board, at least that way I'm having a fresh start.
I'm grateful for the advice anyway Louis.