I have a PC with a Gigabyte GA-945G-S3 rev 1.0 motherboard (Intel 945G+ ICH7 chipset). I got the PC from acquaintance and found out that integrated audio was damaged (noisy, distorted sound). Then I bought a cheap PCI sound card - CMI8738. I installed it and it worked for sometime, then it stopped. The m-board has 3 PCI slots, so I just put the card into the second slot. It worked, so I thought that maybe PCI slot failed (this PC is probably 9 years old). But some time later the card stopped working again. I reinstalled it into the remaining 3d slot. It worked for some time. Then yesterday, while watching youtube video it failed again.
Now I don't have spare PCI slots and I wanted to know whether it is just a coincidence that all 3 PCI slots failed or this card could damage them?
I have Windows 7 and Linux and card doesn't work in both so it must be a hardware problem.