... Those DVD's are still stuck in Customs .
I did the same thing today. I uninstalled the default driver installed by the OS and ran the setup from my LAN card's driver disc. Hope it works out.@Ethan_Hunt, that network connection drop used to happen to me too. Problem was with the buggy drivers that are installed win windows automatic update. Once I reverted back to the driver provided in mobo's dvd everything was good and I never allowed n/w drivers to be installed by Automatic update since then.