*one* bad pci slot? also, bad NIC?
So I order a SB Live! from newegg about 2 weeks ago. The moment I put it in my carputer, it starts either crashing when trying to play any kind of audio or not even booting into windows. So I figure I got a defective card. RMA'd it, got a new one yesterday. So the same exact thing happens this time around. And this is on a clean format mind you (formatted comp with the new card in it and still got same symptoms). I figure it cant be the card then cause that is next to impossible to happen, twice in a row. So anyway, I move the card over to another pci slot, and it works perfectly. Been playing an mp3 in loop for about 2 hours now.
So the question is, is it possible to have just *one* bad pci slot? I was under the impression that pci just worked off of one bus, but I could be mistaken. Im a software guy, not a hardware guy [mind you Ive built numerous computers for myself, family members, and friends] :p I was thinking perhaps there is some irq conflict if I used *that* particular slot for *that* particular card? I really have no idea. But I just kind of want to know if I should consider that slot dead or just not functional for a sound card? I should also note that if I dont install the drivers for it while its on the "bad" slot (or goto safe mode and disable it), it wont crash/not boot. The second I install the drivers, it starts to crash.
On another note, Im having a problem with my connection on *this* computer. Everything seems like Im on a 28k modem. All the other computers in the house work normally. I have a cable modem connected to a switch, with 3 other computers connected to the switch. This comp used to run normally. Now within the past week or so, it seems to have slowed down by alot. I tried downloading a 10 meg file, and I was connected to the server at 8-10kbs on this computer, while on the other computer it was downloading at ~100kbs. This was to my universities server. And this is definately not the only server Im experiencing this on. It takes me a good 30 seconds to successfully open up any page on this forum, or any other forum for that matter! Bad NIC card? Its just an el cheapo $20 linksys pci NIC, but I dont want to buy another one if I dont have to ;p