It really ought to be able to accept a 169.254.0.x format IP and 255.255.0.0 subnet and call it good.
My wife's laptop was able to connect and still considered it an unidentified public network.
No matter I suppose.
Anyone know of a Win 7 x64 compatible Gigabit NIC either PCI or PCIe though? The one I got is working intermittently (the first ping will work but the others bomb out usually) but the drivers are really slowing my system down when I have it enabled. I'm going to have to return it but I don't want to manually go through a bunch of cards to find one that works on my PC.