Alot of people have had stability problems with Netgear's EA101 USB-Ethernet adapters. However, many of those posts were made before Georgie's USB fix. Has his fix improved the reliability of the EA101 on the IO?
I'm having a different problem with the EA101. With both Midori Linux and Windows XP, the device is detected but not usable. Midori's kaweth driver "sees" it but complains that it isn't responding. Under Windows XP, it detects the device and asks for a driver. That's odd because XP has a built-in driver for the EA101. I point it to the Win2k drivers from Netgear's site to no avail. The device shows up as an unknown device named "non-specific ESINK" in Device Mangler.
At first I suspected a problem with the IO. I plugged it into a desktop machine with an SiS chipset and it was properly detected under XP. I then put it in another desktop with a VIA chipset and it has the same problem as the IO (unknown device). So... both systems with VIA chipsets are unable to properly identify the EA101. Has anyone else run into this bizarre problem? Other people running Win98 seem to have gotten the EA101 operational.
An additional note: The USB port on the IO works fine with a USB keyboard & mouse. My desktop machine with the VIA KT333 chipset is a rock-solid system, yet it has the same problem with the EA101 as the IO.
Any help would be greatly appreciated :)