Since none of the ports on my laptop work (Wear, etc), I have had to upgrade to a PCMCIA USB 2.0/Firewire interface card. Now, everything is run off of USB (Keyboard, mouse, and ethernet). However... I bought a generic USB/ethernet unit, and tried it. It "thinks" about connecting to the network for about 2 minutes, then tells me that an IP address could not be assigned to it. I have tried manually configuring the gateway and ip address with a known good config, however it still refuses to work. When I look at the packet counter, it says so many sent, but no packets received. So, I buy a Linksys easy-to-lose miniature USB/ethernet module, and it works great. HOWEVER..... If I go through a lot of bandwidth (Say 7 or more megs), the thing shuts down. I have to unplug it from the USB interface then plug it back in, and keep doing this if I want to keep using the net. I have tried going to both manufacturers websites for updated drivers, and the onboard diagnostic for the generic UB/ethernet module says everything is working fine. Help!