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Having read most of the reviews for this card, I decided to go with the majority and bought one. Received in the post (with no unnecessary packaging) after a couple of days, under the free postage option. Installing the card took no time at all - backplate out, card in. Booted up XP Home, it found the new device and then, when it said 'If this device came with a CD - insert now' I did. XP found the driver, installed it, and pronounced my new device ready for use. A look in 'Network Connections' confirmed this. I went into Device Manager and uninstalled the failed on-board ethernet port (which I had not been able to do before the new card was fitted).
The 'Auto-Negotiation' part of the card is what threw some of the reviewers, I think. One bright reviewer flagged the ability to interrupt the boot-up and configure the card to your own preference, which should solve the 'it wouldn't do anything' problem.
Anyway, my personal preference is not to be permanently on line. Pasting a shortcut to the 'Local Area Connection' in 'Network Connections' onto the 'Quick Start' bar, gave me the control I want. Left click the shortcut icon to connect to the network/internet, right click on the icon and choose 'disable' to disconnect - what could be simpler! Open the Local Area Network Connection properties and tick the 'show icon in the task bar when connected' and you can easily see your current status at a glance.
The ethernet card performed, and still does, superbly - and my wife was happy again. After all, the PC is hers. Mine runs Win7, with the same connection control in place.