In the thread discussing the power supply being too weak, I decided to hook up a volt meter to a USB port.
After watching it for a while, it was pretty stable between 5.28 and 5.3, which is a little on the high side. I noticed on large files the voltage would climb, and also occasionally spike.
Turns out, at 5.5 volts my Nic shut off.
A quick check on my own system, showed USB to be perfect at 5.0-5.03 volts constant.
So I decided to see how it could possibly be getting 5.5 volts. Since the power supply is only 5 volts.
Another quick check revealed that the power supply is kicking out 5.40-5.42 volts with no load! I even verified this on a second WP power supply.
So seeing as how its feeding too much juice out the power supply, I would assume most of the system is being over-juiced as well. Which would explain why they run so damn hot. Then again, that could just be the chip (probably a little of both).
I am not sure if this helps anyone, but it did explain one problem at least. Next step will be to find a way to drop it down to where it should be.
Anyone got any ideas for a cheap and easy way. Or does anyone feel its even really necessary for all but the NIC.