HELP/INSTRUCT.TXT Driver File Contents (3c9xx.zip)
Driver Package File Name: 3c9xx.zip
3Com (R) Corporation
EtherDisk (R) Diskette for
The 3C90X Fast EtherLink XL/EtherLink XL Bus Master Adapter Family
Configuration and Diagnostic Program Instructions Summary
The configuration portion of the program allows you to change the
configuration parameters for the adapter to fit the specific environment
in which the adapter is installed.
The diagnostic portion of the Configuration and Diagnostic Program is
designed to make sure that the adapter is installed correctly and
functioning properly in your computer. The Group 1 tests check the
physical components, connectors, and circuitry of the adapter and
require only that the adapter be installed in the computer. The Group 2
tests check the adapter's ability to transmit data on the network and
require that the adapter be connected to a loopback plug or to a network.
The Group 3 tests check the adapter's ability to correctly transmit and
receive data over the network and require that the adapter be connected
to a network on which an echo server has been set up.
The computer containing the adapter to be configured or tested must be
running DOS only.
NOTE: If this computer is an operating server, notify all users of the
server to save their work and log out from the network. The
Configuration and Diagnostic Program disrupts the normal operation
of servers and workstations, so work that is not saved may be lost.
Then shut down the server, and reboot with a DOS-only diskette.
(This way no drivers or TSRs will be running when the program
Starting the Configuration and Diagnostic Program
There are two ways to start the program:
1. Automatically, from the INSTALL.EXE program, by selecting Configuration
and Diagnostic Program on the main menu.
2. Manually, from the root directory of the EtherDisk diskette, by typing
the following command:
3C90XCFG [command keyword] [parameter list]
3C90XCFG represents the 3Com Configuration and Diagnostic Program name.
The brackets indicate that the command keyword and parameter list are
3C90XCFG without any arguments invokes the program in full windows
mode. This includes mouse support and context-sensitive help.
Press [F1] for help at any time.
Command Line Keywords
You can use the first two characters of any command or parameter as a
shortcut. For example, 3C90XCFG HE RU means 3C90XCFG HELP RUN.
Also, the command keywords and parameters are not case-sensitive, so
CONFIGURE, configure, and Configure, for example, will all work.
Configures an adapter in one of three ways.
1. automatically with the /auto parameter
2. using a specified adapter configuration file
3. using command line configuration parameters
Enables a designated adapter to function within the
Displays general or command-specific help information.
To get command-specific help, enter:
3C90XCFG HELP [command keyword]
Invokes the program in full windows mode using a
specified external resource file. This option provides
support for multiple languages via a different resource
file for each language supported.
Displays a list of installed adapters recognized by this
program and their assigned adapter numbers.
Executes the diagnostic tests (which can also be specified
from a file) on a selected adapter and writes the results
to the screen, a file, or a printer.
The adapter can be configured in either full screen windows mode or
command line mode.
Full Screen Windows Mode
To configure the adapter using full-screen windowing, type:
Then select the Configure Adapter option in the Install pull-down menu.
Command Line Mode
Command Line Mode Defaults
Defaults: CONFIGURE has /AUTO and /ADAPTERNUM:1 as defaults.
So for example, if only 3C90XCFG CONFIGURE is used, adapter number
1 will be auto configured.
ADAPTERNUM:N and /SLOT:S parameters can be used with any of the
CONFIGURE options that follow. They are both intended for use
whenever multiple adapters are present in the computer and
recognized by the Configuration and Diagnostic Program.
/ADAPTERNUM:N specifies the adapter number to be configured for
PCI computers. Run the LIST command separately to determine the
adapter number to use here.
There are three different ways to configure the adapter using command
1. Command Line with Auto Configuration
2. Command Line with Explicit Parameters
3. Command Line with Configuration File
Command Line with Auto Configuration
Command syntax: 3C90XCFG CONFIGURE /AUTO
The /AUTO parameter configures the adapter media type
automatically. All other options settings are left unchanged.
NOTE: The program attempts to detect what media type is being
used. Therefore, connect to the network first and then run
3C90CFG CONFIGURE /AUTO. The program will configure the
media type for you.
Command Line with Explicit Parameters
Command syntax: 3C90XCFG CONFIGURE [ /BSIZE:N /XCVR:N /TR:N
/FULLDUPLEX:N /OPTIMIZE:N /LINKBEAT:N ]
Command line configuration parameters are used to configure the
adapter using only the option settings you specify. Some
parameters are for all adapters; some are for PCI only. For
example, /BSIZE:N is a PCI-only parameter. In most cases, any
combination of parameters can be used. Therefore, it is possible
to modify only a few settings if needed.
Boot PROM Size
Possible values - 8,16,32,64,disabled
/TR (or /XCVR)
Possible values - 100BASE-TX, TP, 10BASE-T (same as TP),
COAX, AUI, EXTERNAL (same as AUI)
Network Driver Optimization
Possible values - NORMAL, NETWORK, CPU
Link beat disable/enable (pre-10BASE-T standard only)
Possible values - disabled, enabled
NOTE: Try this setting ONLY if pre-10BASE-T standard hubs
are in use.
Full Duplex disable/enable
Possible values - disabled, enabled
NOTE: Enable this setting ONLY when the adapter is
connected to a 100BASE-T and 10BASE-T repeater
supporting full duplex. Otherwise, it will bring
down the network.
Command Line with Configuration File
Command syntax: 3C90XCFG CONFIGURE /CONFIGFILE:filename
/CONFIGFILE:filename is used to configure an adapter with the
settings specified in an ASCII configuration file that can be
created and modified by any text editor. The filename can be
a fully qualified DOS filename including a path. A standard
format for the file must be used, as follows:
- Variable names and values match the wording in the
full-screen configure window in most cases.
- Begin each variable/value line with an "at" symbol (@),
followed by a variable name, a colon (:), and the value.
Example: @Media type: 100BASE-TX
- Blank lines and other white spaces are allowed between
- Start any comment lines with a semicolon (;).
- The variable names allowed are:
Boot PROM size
Network driver optimization
- The values allowed are the same as those shown in the
full-screen Configure window.
Example 1: @Network driver optimization:Normal
Example 2: @Media type:On-board Coax
Full Screen Windows Mode
To run the diagnostic tests using full-screen windowing, type:
Then select the Run Tests option in the Tests pull-down menu.
Command Line Option - RUN
Command syntax: 3C90XCFG RUN [/TESTFILE:filename] [/RESULTS:[filename
| PRN | PRNHP]] [/ADAPTERNUM:N]
The RUN parameter executes the diagnostic tests on a selected adapter
and displays the results on the screen. The defaults are adapter
number 1 and Group 1 tests. The parameters below are all optional.
Specifies a test file that contains a specific test setup
/RESULTS:[filename or PRN or PRNHP]
Specifies an alternative location to store the test results.
This location can be a DOS path and filename, PRN printer port
(same as LPT1), or PRNHP, which is an HP LaserJet printer
connected to LPT1.
specifies the adapter number to be tested, in the case of
multiple adapters installed in the computer and recognized by
this program. Run the LIST command separately (see LIST below)
to determine the adapter number to use.
Other Command Line Options
Command syntax: 3C90XCFG HELP [Command Keyword]
HELP is an on-line summary of commands. Without a command keyword,
it gives a summary of the command keywords. With a command keyword
specified, it gives the parameter choices for that particular command.
For example, 3C90XCFG HELP CONFIGURE gives details about the
parameter options for the CONFIGURE command.
Command syntax: 3C90XCFG LANGUAGE /LANGFILE:filename
LANGUAGE invokes the program in full windows mode using a specified
external resource file. This option provides support for multiple
languages via a different resource file for each language supported.
/LANGFILE:filename is a required parameter with this command.
The filename is the name of the resource file that is loaded by the
program. The filename can be a fully qualified DOS filename.
NOTE: At this time, there are no alternate resource files included
on the EtherDisk diskette.
Command syntax: 3C90XCFG LIST
LIST displays a list of currently installed adapters (and their
assigned adapter numbers) that are recognized by this program. The
adapter number is then used as the N value for the /ADAPTERNUM:N
parameter when multiple adapters are installed. There are no
parameters associated with the LIST command keyword.
Command syntax: 3C90XCFG ECHOSERVER [/ADAPTERNUM:N]
ECHOSERVER enables an adapter to function within an echo server.
/ADAPTERNUM:N specifies the adapter number to be configured in the
echo server, in the case of multiple adapters.
If the adapter fails any of the diagnostic tests, see the TROUBLE.TXT file
in the \DIAG directory on the EtherDisk diskette for troubleshooting
The SUPPORT.TXT file in the \INFO subdirectory on the EtherDisk diskette
provides information about obtaining product support for the adapter.
3Com, EtherDisk, and EtherLink are registered trademarks of 3Com
Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
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