I’ve never had as much laptop trouble as I’ve had in the past year. My new iBook’s ethernet port is loose. It might have been set down on a cable or been pulled on…I don’t know. It’s either send it out or eventually lose access to the web. The addition of a wireless card would immediately take care of it, but the investment of a wireless setup equals that of the addition of AppleCare.
I also have a NetGear USB ethernet adapter (EA101), and while OS X sees the adapter, it doesn’t have a driver. I’d even take a hacked one. The adapter is in my PC repair kit and has worked great for over a year. I’d never thought I would wish I had a PCCard adapter instead of built-in ethernet.
I’ve been way too careful with this laptop to have something like this f me over. It works, works well except for that port.