Posted 25 February 2010 - 05:52 PM
Since I've been having some problems with Linux that might be related to one of the cards in the machine, I removed the (possibly) trouble-making card that isn't being used anymore anyway and moved the NIC while I was at it because it was in a slot where it shared a heavily used IRQ. When I told GRUB to boot Windows XP instead of Linux, it went through the whole rigmarole of noticing the 'New Hardware' and installing a driver for it. Have I just lost some 'points' on my activation score by simply moving a card from one slot to another? It's the same card with the same MAC address but I suspect that Windows has just marked me down as 'changing the hardware' and I'm curious if the MAC address matters in this case.