Yeah, It's annoying.
That darned internal NIC. Keeps showing zero's for its MAC address. Fed up?
I've tested this and it works. In fact, I'm writing this entry via my USB Ethernet. If you're stuck, consider this as a cheap alternative - they are usually about 20 to 30 bucks, depending on where you buy them!
After getting 00:00:00:00:00:00 for a MAC address on my Broadcom (*and* after attempting to change the MAC, use the original MAC, modify countless .plist files, deal with numerous OSX 'Halt' errors, and a ton of other crap) I decided to use the darn USB Ethernet. Initially it didn't work, but grab the driver from this site (includes source code!):
And install the 10.4+ version, then reboot. Plug in your adapter. It should just 'work'. If you aren't using the "Automatic" network profile (or if it doesn't work), do the following:
In Leopard: Go into the Sys Prefs applet, then Network. Click the "Plus" sign (bottom left), then choose the second "Ethernet" entry in the list. This is assuming you were able to initialize the internal Ethernet, but had problems.
Officially Supported Hardware (taken from their site):
Farallon Netline PN796-650
NetGear FA120 (My Adapter)
If your device isn't on the list, fear not! Most USB Ethernet adapters WILL work because they follow an industry standard!
EDIT: (by macgirl).
Also the new apple adapters (for the MacBook Air) work with 10.5.2
EDIT 2: (by macgirl).
To make this more clear apple adapters (for the MacBook Air) is the Apple USB to Ethernet
But it needs AppleUSBGigEthernet.kext only available after 10.5.2 update.
EDIT 3: (by macgirl).
It appears that the Apple USB to Ethernet adapter has different chipsets, I bough mine on the online Apple Store and it uses the AppleUSBEthernet.kext instead of the AppleUSBGigEthernet.kext tha others reported.
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