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For anyone having problems with USBNet, I feel ya. Took me a while to get it too. Here's how it has been explained, and what I did, step by step. BTW, I'm running XP 32 bit.
1) Go To USBnet networking setup - WebOS Internals
2) Under the "On Windows XP," right click on the driver link, either 32 bit or 64 bit depending on your system, and select "Save Target As."
3) Save the file as usbnet-pre.inf
***EDIT***Some people are having a tough time getting the link to save as an .inf file. If this is your problem, simply left click on the link, choose to open with Firefox/IE/whatever your current browser is, and when it brings you to the page with the text, in your browser menu select File>Save Page As and then save as usbnet-pre.inf.
4) Connect your pre to your computer via usb.
5) Install the driver (if you don't know how, follow instructions at Windows XP usbnet - GumstixDocsWiki
Sidenote: In these instructions it mentions gumstix, which has confused many people, myself included. Just ignore that. You will find the linux.inf file (usbnet-pre.inf) where you saved it to.
6) From there, just finish the installation as illustrated, then finish following these steps from the first site:
- When you finish, you should have a network setup. Goto "Network Connections" via Network Places or the Control Panel
- If you have previously installed Novacom on this machine, bring up Windows Task Manager before proceeding. You may find discover a conflict between USBnet and novacomd where the novacomd process will consume lots of CPU and your machine will become very unresponsive. Since you have Task Manager up already, you can easily use it to kill novacomd if this occurs.
- Right-click on the new network, which probably be named Local Area Connection 2
- Select Properties
- Double click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
- Click Advanced
- UNCheck Automatic metric, put 100 in its place. This will keep Windows from attempting to route traffic over the Pre (it won't work anyway)
- Click OK
- If you did not enable DHCP, you will need to set an IP address manually:
BTW: I did not have any conflict between USBnet and novacomd, so I would suggest skipping that step unless you have a problem.
I hope this works for those trying to figure it out. When I look at it now, it seems obvious, but hopefully this will help someone who was stuck like I was.