Firewire freeze

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HP Notebook zt1000
Dynex FW PCMCIA Card
HP DVD200e burner

Often, when I insert my Dynex PCMCIA card into my laptop, it freezes the
system.  It happens with or without the DVD burner plugged into the
card.  A technique that sometimes works is restarting and inserting the
card while the desktop is loading (the icons on the lower right corner,
whatever they're called), but it doesn't work all the time.

Does anyone have surefire instructions on how to avoid a freeze-up?

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