This is about to drive me crazy...here's my situation. I heard about the newly-released 100mbit exploit in the new version of Phoenix. So I tried it with my notebook, like I usually do, a direct connection using some RJ45 cable. But it didn't work, although the 10mbit version still worked. But I wasn't satisfied, so I tried it on my desktop which has two network cards, neither built into the motherboard, they're both PCI. One is a Realtek and the other, a 3com. When I plug the cable into either of them via a direct connection with my Gamecube, it doesn't even know it's there, it says "network cable unplugged." But both work fine when connected to my router. So I tried doing that; when I plug either card up through my router, I even tried it with the Internet ethernet cable disconnected (as someone had suggested that somewhere...) it connects and loads up the Starcube screen, but can't load the ISO and freezes. (The ISO is Animal Crossing, by the way). It's about to drive me insane...I can't figure out what's going on...perhaps a service that's running? I disabled Internet Connection Sharing / Firewall...could it be anything else? All the cables I've used have been standard RJ45. All help is very much appreciated!