Aptiva halts boot process after adding new USB2.0 card

hi guyz,
My Aptiva 2164 does not accept any new cards-so it seems- only the traditional faxcard already onboard when I bought it, (and a simple modemcard for internet). It just halts after inserting USB wireless (last year) and this time doesn't like my new USB2.0 Sweex card..  It just halts during the initial boot and won't even switch the monitor on!

Wiser now, I just closed the pc without losing a full day trying:-) But still.. GRR

Anyone any ideas on this?

Thnx
Martin





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Chris BRetiredCommented:
One possibility is that you are using the PCI slot right next to a used IDE slot. In this case the resources may be shared so you can only use one or the other. If there is another PCI slot further away from the IDE slot, this should work OK.

Chris B
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trinbagoAuthor Commented:
hi Chris Thanks for quick reply! Tried the other ones (got a small slot just fitting the monitorcard and three PCI's) but all of them result in bootup freeze and powerless screen.. I thought the slots might be damaged but then the simple(?)  modemcard for internet worked well? do you think damaged motherboard is likely?
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Chris BRetiredCommented:
Really hard to know without more testing. I have had shared resource issues with some older boards, so just put this up as a possibility. There is a mention on Google of a Belkin wireless card not working in a 2164, but a Dlink did, so maybe it is just picky. Sorry I can't be of much help.

Do check in the BIOS that the PCI resources are all set to auto, not legacy isa.

Chris B
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maramomCommented:
Unfortunately, I couldn't get the specs for your system from IBM's site. What I suspect is that your PCI slots are 2.1 compliant, and the cards are 2.2 compliant without downward compatibility. Could you list the specs for one of the cards in question?
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trinbagoAuthor Commented:
The USb card has the following specs:
-OHCI 2.0 and downwards compatible
-Max Nr devices: 127
-Output current USB2.0 up to 500 mA
-HotSwap Yes
-Data Transmission Speed 1.5,12 and 480 Mbps
-PCI Specification 2.2 release 32 bits bus, 33MHz
  Host interface

Could you tell what 2.2 compliant means?

Thnx
Martin


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maramomCommented:
PCI 2.2 is a newer industry standard. Boards that have PCI 2.1 compliant slots will not take 2.2 cards. I'm trying to find an article to better explain it.

Meanwhile, use SiSoftware Sandra (free version) to determine what compliancy your PCI slots are.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/SiSoftware_Sandra_Lite_d4664.html
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maramomCommented:
If you find that your board is PCI 2.1 compliant (and not 2.2), the solution would be to get a card that is 2.1 compliant..
an example here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006BBAU/103-8235930-0442210?v=glance&n=172282
Otherwise, it would require a new motherboard, as there is no adapter to convert the PCI slot.
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trinbagoAuthor Commented:
Hopefully this is the info we're looking for?
PCI Bus(en) Op Hub 1
Versie : 2.10
Aantal 'Bridges' : 1
PCI Bus 0 : PCI (33MHz)
Multiplier : 1/3x

It seems I'm running the old version then?
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maramomCommented:
Looks that way :(
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