Aaron, but you said it was not working fine on older versions of Linux too?
Yes. Sorry for the confusion.
My Netbook was on 11.10 and has always worked fine until the upgrade to 12.04.
My MythTV box is on 11.10 and doesn't work. I had never tried it on this box until a few weeks ago.
It works on 2 different Windows 7 PCs.
Are you sure you don't have some insidious packages attacking the device looking for other things as I have had a few times?
It's got to be some thing like that. Still looking but I haven't had much time to find it yet.