Firstly, thanks to everyone that has helped me so far in getting the
dc7700 with the intel drivers imaged via Zen 6.5 sp2. I stole one of your
initid files.

However it is still painfully slow. Even loading into RAM disk takes
ages. What is the go here? Is the slowness caused by the NIC settings or
some weird CPU thing happening.

Someone recommended that the image sould not be compressed - this didn't
help me. Also, the image file had nothing to do with the RAM disk
slowness, so there must be something else.