3Com (R) Corporation EtherDisk (R) Diskette for the EtherLink III (R) Adapters Configuration and Diagnostic Program Instructions Summary Overview -------- 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 is started.) Starting the Configuration and Diagnostic Program -------------------------------------------------- There are two ways to start the program: * Automatically, from the INSTALL.EXE program, by selecting the options in the Configuration and Diagnostic submenu. * Manually, from the root directory of the EtherDisk diskette, by typing the following command: 3C5X9CFG [command keyword] [parameter list] 3C5X9CFG represents the 3Com Configuration and Diagnostic Program name. The brackets indicate that the command keyword and parameter list are optional. 3C5X9CFG 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, 3C5X9CFG HE RU means 3C5X9CFG HELP RUN. Also, the command keywords and parameters are not case-sensitive, so CONFIGURE, configure, and Configure, for example, will all work. CONFIGURE - Configures an adapter in one of three ways. (1) automatically with /auto parameter (2) using a specified adapter configuration file (3) using command line configuration parameters ECHOSERVER - Enables a designated adapter to function within the echo server. HELP - Displays general or command-specific help information. To get command-specific help, enter: 3C5X9CFG HELP [command keyword] 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. LIST - Displays a list of installed adapters recognized by this program and their assigned adapter numbers. RUN - 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. Configuration ------------- The adapter can be configured in one of the following four ways, which are described in greater detail below: * Full Screen Windows Mode * Command Line with Auto Configuration * Command Line with Explicit Parameters * Command Line with Configuration File Full screen windows mode ------------------------ To configure the adapter using the full screen windowing, type 3C5X9CFG and [Enter]. Then select the Configure Adapter option in the Install pull-down menu. Command line options -------------------- Defaults: CONFIGURE has /AUTO and /ADAPTERNUM:1 as defaults. So for example, if only "3c5x9cfg 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 ISA computers. Run the LIST command separately to determine the adapter number to use here. /SLOT:S specifies the physical slot number of the adapter to be configured in EISA and MCA computers. Command Line with Auto Configuration ------------------------------------ Command syntax: 3C5X9CFG CONFIGURE /AUTO The /AUTO parameter configures the adapter automatically based on the software's best estimate using interpreted system information. This parameter sets the I/O Base Address, Interrupt, and Transceiver options. All other option settings are left unchanged. NOTE: The program will attempt to detect what Transceiver is being used, to set the Transceiver setting. Therefore connect to the network first, then run /AUTO, and it will configure the Transceiver for you. Command Line with Explicit Parameters ------------------------------------- Command syntax: 3C5X9CFG CONFIGURE [ /INT:N /IOBASE:N /PORT:N /BSIZE:N /BADDRESS:N /MODEM:N /XCVR:N /TR:N /OPTIMIZE:N /LINKBEAT:N /CONFIGPORT: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 ISA only, and some are for EISA and MCA only. For example, /int:N is an ISA-only parameter, because with EISA and MCA adapters, the computer vendor's configuration utility or option diskette handles the setting of the interrupt level. In most cases, any combination of parameters can be used. Therefore it is possible to modify only a few settings if needed. /INT - Interrupt Level (ISA only) Possible values - 3,5,7,9,10,11,12,15 /IOBASE (or /PORT) - I/O Base Address (ISA only) Possible values - EISA (to change to EISA mode) or 200-3E0 in increments of 10 /BSIZE - Boot PROM Size (ISA only) Possible values - 8,16,32,disabled /BADDRESS - Boot PROM Address (ISA only) Note: For use only when /BSIZE is enabled Possible values - C2000-DE000, the range allowed depends on the size selected with /BSIZE. /MODEM - Modem Speed (Interrupt Disable Time) Possible values - Custom Disable Time Method: 25-1600, in increments of 25 Modem Speed Method: None, 1200, 2400, 9600, 19200, 38400 If no modem or other critical serial device is being used, then specify 1600 disable time for best performance. If a modem is present, reduce the value until performance of both the modem and EtherLink III adapter are acceptable to you. /TR (or /XCVR) - Transceiver (ISA only) Possible values - TP, COAX, AUI, EXTERNAL (same as AUI) /OPTIMIZE - Network Driver Optimization Possible values - DOS, Windows, OS/2, server /LINKBEAT - 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. /CONFIGPORT - (ISA only) Configport is a value the Configuration and Diagnostic Program uses internally, to search for ISA adapters. Possible values - 100-1E0, in increments of 10. NOTE: Try this setting ONLY if a problem occurs in bringing up the program in an ISA computer. (The 3Com internal default configport of 110 may be incompatible with some ISA clone machines.) NOTE: If only this parameter is used, ie. "3c5x9cfg configure /configport:1B0," and no other configuration parameters, the program will try the default configuration parameter, "/auto" to configure the adapter. Command Line with Configuration File ------------------------------------ Command syntax: 3C5X9CFG 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: @I/O base address:300 - Blank lines and other white spaces are allowed between variable lines. - Start any comment lines with a semicolon (;). - The variable names allowed are: I/O base address Interrupt request level Boot PROM size Boot PROM base address Transceiver type Network driver optimization Maximum interrupt disable time Link beat - The values allowed are the same as those shown in the full-screen configure window. Example 1: @Network driver optimization:Windows or OS/2 Client Example 2: @Transceiver type:On-board Coax The one exception to this rule is the Maximum Interrupt Disable Time setting, which is used in place of Modem Speed. The values are in microseconds. Possible values are 25-1600, in increments of 25. Example: @Maximum interrupt disable time:1600 microseconds Diagnostic ---------- * Full screen windows mode To run the diagnostic tests using the full screen windowing, type "3C5X9CFG" and ENTER. Then select the Run Tests option in the Tests pull-down menu. * Command line option - "Run" Command syntax: 3C5X9CFG RUN [/TESTFILE:filename] [/RESULTS:[filename | PRN | PRNHP]] [/ADAPTERNUM:N | /SLOT:S] 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. /TESTFILE:filename specifies a test file that contains a specific test setup description. /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. /ADAPTERNUM:N 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. /SLOT:S specifies the physical slot number of the adapter to be tested when multiple adapters are installed in EISA and MCA computers. Other Command Line Options -------------------------- * HELP Command syntax: 3C5X9CFG 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, "3C5X9CFG HELP CONFIGURE" gives details about the parameter options for the CONFIGURE command. * LANGUAGE Command syntax: 3C5X9CFG 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. * LIST Command syntax: 3C5X9CFG 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. * ECHOSERVER Command syntax: 3C5X9CFG ECHOSERVER [/ADAPTERNUM:N | /SLOT:S] 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. /SLOT:S is available only on EISA or MCA computers, and refers to the physical slot in the echo server where the adapter is located. Further Assistance ------------------ If the adapter fails any of the diagnostic tests, see the TROUBLE.TXT file in the \DIAG directory on the EtherDisk diskette for troubleshooting procedures. 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 owners. (%VER Configuration and Diagnostic Program Instructions Summary v2.1d)Download Driver Pack
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