I have a 4 year old Compaq Presario. I recently upgraded from Win 98 to XP. The installation didn't go well because of Blaster worm so I Uninstalled XP. The problem is that after the uninstall my Via Tech 3038 PCI to USB Universal Host Controller AND my Kingston EtherRx PCI 10/100 FAst Ethernet Adapter are both on setting number 11. I went into Safe Mode and removed both the Ethernet card and the USB Host. Win 98 then reinstalled them both to IRQ 11. When I try to change the setting I get a dialogue box stating that this in not allowed. I went back into safe mode and removed just the Kingston. Then I unscrewed the back of the computer, took the Kingston out of slot 5 and put it in slot 2. Then I rebooted the computer. The computer did not recognize any new hardware and the Kingston is suppose to be a plug and play card. I know the card is in the slot correctly because the green light on the card is coming on. I seem to remember that the card could only go in certain slots but I don't remember what the conflict/rules were about this. Could someone please help me.
Also, in researching this problem I've read alot about doing things in BIOS and turning off Comm ports. Please give me instructions on what BIOS are and how to manipulate them. Please also give me instruction on how to check/manipulate Comm ports.