README.TXT Driver File Contents (LINKSYSEtherPCILANCardII.zip)

 
 Linksys EtherPCI LAN Card II
 Game Setup Instructions
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 Contents

 Introduction
 General Software & Hardware Considerations
 About the the IPX Driver
 Installing the IPX Driver
   in Windows 95
   in DOS, Windows 3.x, and Windows for Workgroups
 Customer Support
 

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 Introduction
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 Your Linksys LAN card allows you to take advantage of the newest 
 multi-user interactive games that let you play across a network.  
 Games like Doom, Marathon, and Duke Nukem can be networked together 
 so that multiple users at different computers can "see" each other in 
 the same virtual game space.

 Most networkable games are IPX compatible, which means they are fully
 compatible with the full line of Linksys LAN cards.  IPX is simply a
 common standard of communication that allows different computers to
 "talk" with each other.  Before installing your networkable game, make
 sure that it is IPX compatible.  

 The instructions below explain how to install and use the Linksys IPX
 drivers with your game(s) in Windows 95, DOS, Windows 3.x, and Windows
 for Workgroups.
 
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 General Software & Hardware Considerations
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 As for hardware, a faster computer is always better for smooth game
 play.  A 486/66 with 16MB RAM and a sound card is strongly recommended 
 as the bare minimum, although a Pentium of any speed will go faster.

 Your video display should support at least 16 colors, although be aware
 that some games will not run with fewer than 256 colors.  If you are 
 using Windows 95, you can check or change your display's color mode: 
 right-click anywhere on your desktop with your right mouse button, 
 select Properties, and finally, the Settings tab.  Be sure to save any 
 changes you make.
 
 Games typically use a lot of RAM memory when they are running.  If you
 can, shut down as many programs as possible before running your game.
 
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 About the IPX Driver
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 Most networkable games support IPX, which is a popular network 
 communication protocol that was developed by Novell.  IPX allows an 
 installed copy of a game on one computer to "talk" with a second copy 
 of the game on another computer somewhere else.  

 The IPX driver must be loaded into memory each time your start up
 your computer, and always before you run your IPX-compatible game.

 If you are using Windows 95, you can use the IPX driver that is
 built into 95, which will load itself automatically each time
 you start up your computer.  When you install your Windows 95 
 network for the first time, simply choose to install the IPX 
 protocol along with any other protocols that you need.  If you've
 already installed your Windows 95 network software, you can always
 go back and add the IPX/SPX protocol.

 If you are using DOS, Windows 3.x, or Windows for Workgroups, you'll
 need to run the IPX drivers on the Linksys LAN Card disk under the
 GAMES directory. All of the IPX files need to be run in the same order 
 every time your computer is started up.  If you want, you can make 
 a batch file that runs the files in the right order---when you want 
 to play a game, you just run the batch file, then launch your game.
 A working batch file called IPX.BAT has been included in the GAMES 
 directory as an example.

 If you have questions or problems with the installation or use of
 a game, please don't hesitate to contact the its manufacturer.

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 Installing the IPX Driver
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 Follow the steps below to get your network up and running with the
 appropriate IPX driver. 
 
 _____ Windows 95

    If you are not using Windows 95 for networked game play, skip to 
    the section below that covers DOS and Windows 3.x.

 1.  Install your network card.  See your Linksys LAN Card User Guide for
     complete installation instructions.  If you are using 10BaseT,
     make *sure* that cable is connected to a hub.  If you are using
     thin coax, be sure that your cabling, T-connectors, and terminators 
     are all in place.

 2.  Configure the LAN card hardware.  Some versions of the LAN card
     may come with a setup program that allows to you to configure
     the card's connector type, IRQ, I/O base, and other settings.
     If your User Guide doesn't mention these things, skip this step.

 3.  Follow the directions in your User Guide for installing your 95
     network drivers.   
     
     When the time comes for you to choose the network protocols that
     you want to use, make sure to select the IPX/SPX protocol.

     IF YOU HAVE ALREADY INSTALLED YOUR NETWORK SOFTWARE, BUT FORGOT
     TO ADD THE IPX/SPX PROTOCOL, DO THIS:

          - start up Windows 95
          - go to Control Panel -> Network -> Protocols
          - click on the Add button
          - select the IPX/SPX Compatible Transport
          - follow any directions that appear on your screen
          - restart your computer

     Don't forget to turn on File and Printer sharing.  THIS IS MOST
     IMPORTANT.  See your User Guide for step-by-step instructions.
     The Windows 95 games *will not work* without sharing turned on.
     You'll find complete instructions in your User Guide.

     Repeat the above steps for *all* of the computers that you plan
     on networking together.

 4.  Test your network.  Each computer should be able to see the other
     computers'files, hard drives, etc.  If you have problems, check 
     your cabling. If you need further help, refer to your Linksys 
     LAN Card's User Guide.

 5.  After the IPX/SPX Transport has been added, AND your computers are
     able to see each other, you're ready to install and use your game(s).
     With the IPX driver running transparently in Windows, your games
     will now be able to communicate with each other.  Follow the
     installation and usage instructions that came with your game.
 
 
 _____ DOS, Windows 3.x, and Windows for Workgroups

 The following instructions apply to DOS-based games that will be
 run in DOS, Windows 3.x, or Workgroups.  You will be installing
 a DOS-based IPX driver from your Linksys Program Disk that came
 with your LAN card.  If you don't have a disk, or if you want the
 latest version, feel free to download a copy from the Linksys
 web site.  You'll find the address at the end of this file. 

 If you are playing a DOS game, and you are a Windows 3.x or WFW
 user, we suggest *closing down* Windows before launching your
 game.  Windows takes up a lot of RAM memory, and your game may
 run faster without Windows.
 
 The IPX protocol is loaded by running a series of files in a particular
 order.  All of the files can be found in the GAMES directory on the
 Program Disk.  A batch file called IPX.BAT is included in the directory  
 that will run the files in the proper order for you.  The files must be 
 run in the proper order, and always *before* you attempt to run your
 IPX-compatible game.

 For best results, copy the files from the Program Disk to your hard
 drive.  To install the IPX drivers onto your computer:

 1.  Start up your computer.  Get to a DOS command prompt (example: C:\>).
 
 2.  When the prompt appears, put the Linksys Program Disk into drive A:
     (or B:, depending on the number of floppy drives that you have).
 
 3.  Make a directory for the IPX files on your hard disk by typing:
 
        MKDIR C:\IPX   (and press the Enter key)

 4.  Copy the drivers from the GAMES directory of the floppy disk to the
     new directory you just created.  Type the following and press Enter:

        COPY A:\GAMES\*.* C:\IPX
                or, if the floppy is in drive B, type:
        COPY B:\GAMES\*.* C:\IPX

     DOS will automatically copy all of the IPX drivers to the newly
     created IPX directory on your hard disk.  You're ready to go!
     
 5.  Install your IPX-compatible game now.

 
 When you're ready to play your game, follow the steps below.  You
 must do this each time your start up your computer, and always
 before you run your game.  Repeat for each PC with a Linksys LAN
 card that needs to be networked:

 1.  Get to the DOS command prompt.  If you are using Windows, we
     recommend closing it down completely before continuing: just
     click on File, Exit, then OK at the Program Manager menu.

 2.  Load your IPX driver.  Type each of the following commands,
     pressing Enter after each one:

     C:
     CD C:\IPX
     IPX

     The IPX driver is now loaded and ready for use.     
     
 3.  When you're ready to play, switch to the directory on your hard 
     disk where your game is located and begin playing.
     
     If your game is called MYGAME, for example, and it is stored
     on your C: drive under the FUN directory, you could type this
     to get it started:

     CD C:\FUN
     MYGAME

     In this example, the "CD C:\FUN" command tells DOS to switch to 
     the FUN directory on your C: drive.  The MYGAME command tells
     DOS to find the program called MYGAME and run it.

     Read your game's documentation to find out where your game is
     stored on your hard disk and how you should run it for best results.

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   sending a fax, be sure to include a detailed description of any 
   problem(s) that you are experiencing.

       Technical Support Hotline    (949) 261-1288
       Fax                          (949) 261-8868

   Internet Access
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   the Internet.  

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