Could be an issue with the card itself, I dunno but removing the card should've stopped it altogether if the system was overloaded on IRQ's. Believe it or not I've actually done that and have had to start removing things in order to use another piece of hardware.
Phenom II 940 Black Edition quad core @ 3.5Ghz
4x2 Gigs Patriot PC2 6400
Cooler Master HAF XB EVO,
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