FYI: Ethernet shield quirk

So this may be old news to some of you, but it's new to me!

I was having a helluva time getting the ethernet shield to connect to the network under any circumstances. I tried multiple sketches, reset combinations and it would NOT pull an IP.

Solution? PULL THE FREAKEN SD CARD AND TRY AGAIN.

Works fine now. (Thanks google.)

Just thought I'd throw this out there.

OK Never mind, still having issues!

Some times it says IP : 0.0.0.0, sometimes its 255.255.255.255.

Any ideas? Defective board?

Post your sketch.

Also, insure the Arduino's ICSP pins are seated correctly in the shield's socket. Some cards have problems with pin length.

Is it an official board or a cheap eBay/Amazon knock-off? Which PHY chip is it based on?

It is a clone, as is the UNO.

I screwed both boards down and it seems to be working again. Hopefully that was it!