I'm not on my laptop right now, but I've got a MA401 running on a Slack 9.1 system. I'll take a looksee at it.
I can say, without a doubt, I have not had ANY issue with this card under Slack 9+, SuSE 8.1+, RH8-FC1, Debian Unstable, Gentoo, or Arch Linux.
Where in the bootup is it dying? Any hint in dmesg? I'll be able to get back to you later on this.