NETWR386.TXT Driver File Contents (

Novell NetWare 3.xx server
This is an ASCII file called NETWR386.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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I.   Special Considerations
II.  Files Needed for Installation
III. Installing the AT-2500TX NetWare 3 Server Driver
IV.  Removing an Existing Driver 
V.   How to See MAC Address
VI.  Multiple Adapters 

I.  Special Considerations

Configuration of the AT-2500TX is under PCI control, and 
the AT-2500TX is NWAY capable. For most applications, no 
setup other than normal installation of the network 
software is necessary. For any half-duplex application, the 
card by default auto-detects the speed of the link (10 Mbps 
or 100 Mbps). If the connection is full-duplex without NWAY 
capability, you must select one of the full-duplex settings.
In this case, refer to the "Connection speed and duplex" 
information file. 

II. Files Needed for Installation

The following files are required for installation:

\NWSERVER\A2500v3.LAN   (Server driver)
\NWSERVER\NBI31X.NLM   (NetWare Loadable Module)
\NWSERVER\MSM31X.NLM   (NetWare Loadable Module)
\NWSERVER\ETHERTSM.NLM   (NetWare Loadable Module)
\INFO\NETWR386.TXT   (this file)

III. Installing the AT-2500 NetWare 3 Server Driver

NOTE: The 3.12 version of NetWare requires a patch - 
      312PTn.EXE - and driver/NLM update - LANDRn.EXE - 
      (where n = current alphanumeric revision level of the 
      file) from Novell's web site. The URL is:

1. Install the NetWare file server support files to the DOS 
   partition as described in the Novell documentation.

2. Copy the A2500v3.LAN file from the NWSERVER directory 
   on the CardAssistant disk to the directory where the 
   Novell server files are located, e.g., C:\SERVER.312.

3. Load SERVER.EXE to start the file server, and set up 
   hard disk support as directed in the Novell 

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

   LOAD <DRIVE>:<PATH>\A2500v3

   where <DRIVE> and <PATH> are the drive and directory 
   where you copied the NLMs and the A2500v3.LAN file, and 
   where X is the last digit of the NetWare version number.

5. Bind the IPX protocol to the AT-2500 driver by typing:

     BIND IPX TO A2500v3 NET=n

   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. Example:

    LOAD A2500v3 FRAME=ETHERNET_802.3 NAME=IEE8023
    BIND IPX TO IEE8023 NET=11111
    LOAD A2500v3 FRAME=ETHERNET_802.2 NAME=IEE8022
    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., 
      LOAD C:\SERVER.312\A2500v3 BUSTYPE=PCI1. 
      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 need to the 
   server's AUTOEXEC.NCF file so the adapter driver loads 
   automatically each time the server starts.

IV.  Removing an Existing Driver 

To de-install the driver, bring up NetWare and follow the 
Novell instructions.

V. 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 SETUP25: type a:\setup25.

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

VI. Multiple Adapters 

If you have multiple AT-2500 Fast Ethernet adapters 
installed in the system,the keyword "SLOT" identifies each 
to the driver A2500v3.LAN. 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 AT-2500 adapter drivers load 
automatically each time the server starts.

To implement multiple AT-2500 cards in a Netware v3.12 
server, add the following line to your STARTUP.NCF: 


This is not needed with version 3.11, but you will have 
problems binding multiple 2500 cards without it in version 

-  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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