Windows 7 Ult. x64 seems to stop reading PCI slots after I have installed the drivers
for my Microsoft Intellitype 3000, and IntelliMouse.
Originally I thought my problems originated from the motherboard (ASUS M4A87TD/USB3), but after a few fresh installs of XP SP3, Windows 7 x86, Windows 7 x64, as well as trying my backup board (ASRock N68-S3 UCC), I managed to narrow my problem down to it being something Windows Update installs.
This morning on a clean install (Windows 7 x64, basic MB and GPU drivers) I installed my DTV-B card (PCI) and it fired up and installed perfectly. Then I went to Windows Update, I selected only the NETFramework 3.5, Media Center, IntelliType, and IntelliPoint/Mouse driver
updates. After restarting my PC the DTV-B card was no longer showing in the Device Manager and both Media Center and the dedicated program no longer detect any device available.
To confirm my suspicions that Microsoft's hardware installation had conflicted with my PCI slots I tried installing a generic Soundblaster 5.1 card (which seems to work with everything), Windows did not detect it.
Is there any particular reason why Windows 7 would stop reading PCI slots because of these devices? I'd really like to continue using my Microsoft hardware, but if there is no way around it they have to go. Not being able to utilise PCI slots isn't very "Intelli".