>> ALWAYS install Intel's chipset identification package <<
What exactly does that mean? I did a clean install, then I popped in my backed up drivers CD, then I right click updated driver on all the question marked drivers in device manager, and that was it. Notebook runs great, network and wireless works great too. Don't know about the SD slot. USB and firewire work too.
For example. what reason is there to install the intel wireless utilities? I noticed as delivered that there were several tasks running eating up memory for the wireless from intel. After my clean install, I don't have them anymore but my wireless works great.