Here’s a post from the lightning-detectors yahoo group. Sounds very similar to your problem…
I had a struggle to get the Boltek StormTracker PCI card working on
my computer. I doubt that my problems would apply to anyone else,
but I thought I would mention them here, just in case...
A year ago, I bought a computer to use as a server for our weather
site. It had an ASUS motherboard, Intel Celeron 2.4 GHz processor,
and 512 MB memory, running under Windows 2000 Pro. It is connected
to the WeatherLink module in a Davis VP Plus system. It also hosts a
MySQL database and some weather-related software I wrote, along with
various weather-related utility programs. All in all, it had a
fairly heavy burden and seemed to cope with it with no difficulty.
I recently purchased and installed a Boltek StormTracker PCI card,
and that’s when the problems started. The motherboard had 3 PCI
slots, none of which were occupied. I plugged the Boltek card into
the first one, and the installation seemed normal. The Boltek
software recognized the card, but the system said that I needed to
reboot. I did so, but every subsequent restart resulted in a Dreaded
Blue Screen (“DBS”) Stop error. The specific message was:
STOP: 0X0000001E (0xC0000005, 0xBFD18B15, 0x00000000, 0x0000002B)
There were no other parameters in the error message to narrow down
the source of the problem.
The machine would restart in Safe Mode, but the Boltek driver was not
loaded. Any attempt to boot normally with the card installed gave
the same DBS error message, and whenever the card was removed the
machine would restart normally.
I wondered if there was a problem with that particular PCI slot, so I
inserted the card into the second PCI slot. The system asked for,
and loaded, the driver, and the Boltek software recognized the card.
When I rebooted, the DBS error reappeared and stayed as long as the
card was in either slot 1 or slot 2. The same sequence of events
happened when I put the card in the 3rd slot. During the course of
all this, I spoke on various occasions to a Boltek tech rep (John
Gilmor) who could not have been more helpful. He suggested a number
of things. I downloaded and installed the newest driver as he
recommended, but it didn’t change anything – the driver was the same
version as the one I already had. In the end, the problem remained,
and I could not get the Boltek PCI card working.
I then concluded that the problem must be with Windows 2000, which is
known to have issues with the Boltek PCI card. I bought the Windows
XP Pro upgrade and set about installing it on top of Windows 2K, as
it recommended, having first pulled the Boltek card. Win XP
completed the install uneventfully, but on the first bootup after the
install finished, it crashed on the second series of animated dots on
the startup screen. After various tries, I could not get XP to
install, so I wiped the hard disk and tried to do a clean install of
XP Pro, starting with nothing. Same result. It would install and
crash during the startup screen. (The Boltek card was not installed
throughout all of this.)
I tried to go back to Win 2K, and it took a couple of attempts to
reinstall it, still with the Boltek card removed. At this point, it
slowly dawned on me that there was a serious hardware problem
completely unrelated to the Boltek card, so I took the computer back
to the vendor. To make a long story short, it appears that there was
some sort of hardware problem on the motherboard (possible conflicts
between the PCI slots and USB 2, but I’m not certain), and it was
replaced under warranty. Stranger yet, the first replacement
motherboard also would not load Win XP, but the second one worked
just fine. After that, Win XP loaded without problems and I was able
to get everything running again.
The bottom line? Well, I’m too embarrassed to reveal how many hours
I spent trying to get the stupid thing working before finally sending
it back to the shop. Let’s just say that it was a LOT of time. But
if any of you are having persistent problems to get the Boltek card
working, then you also may have a previously undetected motherboard
problem that only surfaced after the Boltek PCI card was installed.
Sorry for the length of this post, but perhaps it may help someone in