Summary: My cards are working now. I received advice from Linksys to install the card(s) in a different PCI slot and let XP auto-install the card. This would use the Windows XP drivers (v4) rather than the ones on the CD shipped with the cards (v5.1) - and it worked! I'm still resentful of the hours I wasted faffing around with this installation, but this info may be of use to anyone else running XP. Once installed, I have no complaints at all.
Summary: AT the moment, I'm spitting feathers so it's hard to keep my comments within the bounds Amazon have set. I bought 2 of these cards for my kids' computers - Both Compaq Deskpro EPs. On the first one (Windows 98) the drivers installed OK, but the PC wouldn't reboot. On the second (Windows XP) the drivers wouldn't install. So I upgraded the first PC to Windows XP, and the drivers installed but the card didn't work.
Summary: There is not much that you need to know, so I will keep it brief. I have a cable modem using USB and wanted to change to an ethernet card. I'm not much of a techie, although I can open up my PC without needing Valium. In the box was a guide for idiots like me, so it was all embarrassingly simple: open PC, plug in card, close PC, run installation CD, job done. Painless, stressless, and no problems of any kind since. If only it was always so easy.
Excerpt: ¡Ola a todos! Hoy os voy a hablar de una cosilla que para muchos será totalmente desconocida o indiferente (como la informática en general), y no es que sea yo muy entendida de estas cosas, aunque reconozco que con el paso de los años me hecho una mini- experta en temas de informática, sobre todo de cómo arreglar su propio ordenador para que no te roben 40 euros mínimo, los señores de las tiendas; y digo esto sin animo de ofender pues muchas veces he llevado mi PC a...