Originally Posted by frankyrizzello
so i tried stuffing it in there when its running and nothing happens, windows doesnt find new hardware and i cant see it in device manager. could the lightning have fried my board and toasted the pci slot too? this little network card didnt come with drivers either. but i dont think thats the problem.. any ideas out there?? thanks in advance for any help.
that's a really bad idea, (don't try plugging in PCI cards whilst a machine is running!!)
but yes, a lightning strike or power surge can do some weird and wonderful things.
I has a machine that had suffered a power strike, it knocked out the onboard graphics, and LAN, but everything else was fine.
If you think that the PCI bus is broken, try plugging in a different card and seeing if it works.
(and whilst you're next in the shop, may I recommend a surge protector?)