No the network card is not the problem if the card is not fucktup. The card is also not surching for a network connection unless you instalt a boorROM and programed it.
You should defently get de bios 1004d. It is a known problem with the previous bios versions that booting could take a lot of time
I have my promise enabled and harddrives atached to it. I also have a sound, network videocard and it takes about 13 sec to get the first win98 screen.
You have to disable al the IDE ports you dont use(so no autodetect in the bios). And get the boot secance right.
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by zwaarst on 11/22/00 08:45 AM.</EM></FONT></P>