i just picked up a used Creative Sounblaster Audigy (0090) and got the Audigy driver
pack. It works crystal clear audio now!
I also did the 7 install on my older dell p4. it has an SB live card, the vista drivers
for that worked perfectly.
realtek NIC card had to be added via thumb drive drivers (i.e. i couldn't go online an download them)
now that I have this audio working fine i deleted my Ubuntu partition so I can watch comedynetwork.ca on my Windows 7 desktop in mozilla.
still trying to figure out this whole "homegroup" thing so i can share my network drives.