NETWAR5X.TXT Driver File Contents (

Novell NetWare 5.x server
This is an ASCII file called NETWAR5X.TXT in the ATI 
CardAssistant INFO directory. Use a text editor or a 
word processor with a mono-space font such as Courier 
to print this file if needed for reference.
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**         Novell NetWare 5.x Server Installation         **
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--                          Contents                      --
I.    Special Considerations 
II.   Files Needed for Installation
III.  Installing the AT-2500: New Server Installation 
IV.   Manual Installation 
V.    Removing an Existing Driver 
VI.   How to See MAC Address
VII.  Multiple Adapters 

I.  Special Considerations

Configuration of the AT-2500 (NIC) resources is under
PCI control. For most applications, no setup other than
normal installation of the network software is necessary. To 
change port settings, to manually view the card's 
configuration or to run Diagnostics, use the CardAssistant 
setup program. 

The SETUP utility only runs on DOS. If you do not have 
a DOS boot partition on your Windows NT drive, boot DOS 
from floppy. 

II. Files Needed for Installation

The following files are required for installation:

\NWSERVER\A2500v3.LAN   (Server driver)
\NWSERVER\A2500V3.LDI   (Novell NetWare Server Driver 
                      Installation Information File)
\INFO\NETWAR5X.TXT (this file)

III. Installing the AT-2500: New Server Installation

1. The Netware 5 utility "NWCONFIG" provides users with the
   ability to add additional Network Interface Cards (NIC).
   At the system console type "NWCONFIG" and select "load/
   unload disk and network drivers", "Configure network
   drivers", then "Select a driver"

2. When the Install program prompts for the LAN driver, 
   press <Insert> to specify a driver not listed.  Insert 
   the CardAssistant diskette into a drive and press <F3>
   to change the default path to A:\NWSERVER.
   Press <Enter> as prompted. The A2500V3.LAN and other 
   required files will be copied to the SYS: volume.

3. On the next menu, A2500V3 Protocols and Parameters, 
   specify any parameters where needed. A slot value is 
   required when loading the A2500V3, if slot is unknown, 
   driver will correctly detect slot value when loading.

4. Select "Save parameters and load driver".

Proceed with the installation as outlined by Novell.

IV. Manual Installation

1. At the file server console prompt, issue the load 
   statement(s) in this order:

   LOAD <DRIVE>:<PATH>\A2500V3.LAN Slot=x

   where <DRIVE> and <PATH> are the drive and directory 
   where you copied the NLMs and the CATNICPS.LAN file.
   The value for slot is determined by the NIC's
   location in the system.

   Note: If MSM and ETHERTSM NLMs aren't loaded, they'll 
         automatically load before the driver.

You will be prompted if you don't specify a SLOT number.

2. Next you must bind the LAN driver to IPX in order to 
   attach to the server. Type:


   where n is the node address Novell uses for routing 
   IPX packets. This number is arbitrary if there is the 
   only one server on the network, but if there are 
   multiple servers on the same network, it must match the 
   other servers' external network number.

Note: The default frame type for Novell file servers is now 
      Ethernet_802.2. If you require Ethernet_802.3, 
      specify FRAME=ETHERNET_802.3 on the command line when 
      loading the driver.

To load multiple frame types for a single card, enter a 
LOAD and BIND statement for each frame type.  You need to 
supply a name on each load line in order to avoid being 
prompted for which board to bind IPX to. If you do not have 
the name option in the AUTOEXEC.NCF, it will not execute 
completely without user intervention. 

    BIND IPX TO IEE8023 NET=11111
    BIND IPX TO LAN8022 NET=22222

Also: If you have a PCI-1 bus in your system, add 
      BUSTYPE=PCI1 to the command line, e.g., 
      Otherwise the driver may not find the card. If you 
      don't know which bus you have, try loading without 
      the option. If it loads, you don't need it.

6. Add the load and bind statements you require to the 
server's AUTOEXEC.NCF file so that the LAN driver will load 
automatically each time the server starts up.

Here's an example of how the commands would look in your 

("NCF Files Options - Create / Edit Server Startup Files")

  LOAD A2500V3 slot=3 FRAME=Ethernet_802.3
  (overrides default frame type)

  (all servers on the LAN segment need the same #)

Proceed with the installation as outlined by Novell.

V.  Removing an Existing Driver 

To de-install the driver, start NetWare and consult the 
NetWare documentation.

VI. How to See MAC Address

To determine a MAC address for a card:

1. Boot the computer into DOS with no drivers loaded.

2. Insert the CardAssistant diskette in the floppy drive 
   and launch the SETUP utility.

3. The main screen shows a table listing the AT-2500
   Series Ethernet cards installed in the computer. Write
   down the address(es) listed in the "MAC" column of the

VII. Multiple Adapters 

If you have multiple AT-2500 Series Ethernet adapters 
installed in the system, the keyword "SLOT" identifies each 
card to the driver. If you have multiple adapters in 
a single server, each adapter must have a different network 
number and SLOT number. Also, you might want to name each 
adapter. So add the options in LOAD commands to distinguish 
particular cards. For example:

      LOAD A2500V3 FRAME=Ethernet_802.2 NAME=LAN_A SLOT=1
      LOAD A2500V3 FRAME=Ethernet_802.2 NAME=LAN_B SLOT=2

Add the load and bind statements you need to the server's 
AUTOEXEC.NCF file so that the NIC's adapter drivers load 
automatically each time the server starts.

-  In an IPX internal router configuration (a server with 
   two adapters, each connected to a different network), 
   the data transfer rate across the router can be low. 
   This happens if client workstations have CPU speeds 
   equal to or higher than the server. You might be able to 
   increase the data transfer rate by adding the following 
   line to STARTUP.NCF:


   The default setting is 10.

-  If you have problems loading the driver on multiple 
   adapters and the initialization fails due to 
   "Insufficient RCBs," increase the number of buffers 
   allocated to the server. Add the following to 

   The MINIMUM value you specify must be at least 30 times 
   the number of AT-2500 PCI adapters in the computer.

   Recommended settings:
      1-3 adapters:  100
      4 adapters:    150

The MAXIMUM you can specify depends on the amount of memory 
in the server, but it must be greater than the MINIMUM.

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How To Update Drivers Manually

After your driver has been downloaded, follow these simple steps to install it.

  • Expand the archive file (if the download file is in zip or rar format).

  • If the expanded file has an .exe extension, double click it and follow the installation instructions.

  • Otherwise, open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start menu and selecting Device Manager.

  • Find the device and model you want to update in the device list.

  • Double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.

  • From the Properties dialog box, select the Driver tab.

  • Click the Update Driver button, then follow the instructions.

Very important: You must reboot your system to ensure that any driver updates have taken effect.

For more help, visit our Driver Support section for step-by-step videos on how to install drivers for every file type.

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