WIN2000.TXT Driver File Contents (

                                3Com (R) Corporation
            3C90x 10 Mbps and 10/100 Mbps PCI NIC Family
                    Windows 2000 Installation Information


This file describes how to use EtherCD 5.4 to do the following 
tasks on a PC running Windows 2000:

   --Install a 3Com PCI NIC using installation diskettes 
      (which can be created from the EtherCD or downloaded 
      from the 3Com World Wide Web site).

   --Remove the network driver and NIC software.

Installing a 3Com NIC Using Installation Diskettes
Installation diskettes can be created from the EtherCD 
(see the next section, "Creating Installation Diskettes 
from the EtherCD") or downloaded from the 3Com World Wide 
Web site at

To install a 3Com NIC in a PC running Windows 2000 
using installation diskettes:
1.  Turn off the power to the PC.

2.  Install the NIC in the PC and connect it to the network.  
     See the user guide for instructions.

3.  Turn on the power to the PC.
     Windows 2000 detects the NIC.  The Found New Hardware 
     Wizard starts and installs the driver that ships with
     Windows 2000. 

4.  When the installation is complete, insert installation 
     diskette #1 into the PC.

5.  Right-click on the My Computer icon, and then click 

6.  Select the Hardware tab.

7.  Click Device Manager.

8.  Double-click Network Adapters.

9.  Right-click on the name of the 3Com NIC, and then 
     select Properties.

10. Select the Driver tab.

11. Click Update Driver.
      The Update Device Driver Wizard starts.

12. Click Next.

13. Select Search for a suitable driver for my device 
      (recommended), and then click Next.

14. Make sure that the installation diskette #1 is inserted 
       in the PC, select Floppy disk drives, and then click Next.
       The Wizard searches for the driver files.

15. Click Next.
       Files are copied and the driver is updated.

16. Click Finish.

17. Restart the PC.

Creating Installation Diskettes from the EtherCD
NOTE:  The installation diskettes allow you to install the 
network driver only. If you want to install the NIC diagnostics 
program or desktop management software, you must 
install them from the EtherCD.

Before you start, make sure that you have two blank, formatted 
diskettes. Label the diskettes EtherDisk 1 and EtherDisk 2.

EtherDisk 1 contains:
-NDIS 3/4/5 drivers
-Windows for Workgroup drivers
-NIC preinstallation program

EtherDisk 2 contains:
-NDIS 2 driver
-NetWare client and server drivers
-PACKET driver
-Help text files
-DOS utilities

To create installation diskettes from the EtherCD:

1.  Turn on the power to the PC and start Windows.

2.  Insert the EtherCD in the CD-ROM drive.
     The EtherCD Welcome screen appears.
      If the EtherCD Welcome screen does not appear, 
      enter the following command from the Run option 
      of the Windows Start menu:
    where d:\ represents the letter name of the 
    CD-ROM drive.

3.  Click NIC Software.

4.  Click NIC Drivers and Diagnostics.

5.  Click Installation Utilities.

6.  Click Create Installation Diskettes.
    The EtherCD Diskette Creation Utility Welcome 
    screen appears.

7.  Click Next.

8.  Insert the blank, formatted diskette labeled 
     EtherDisk 1 in the PC, and then click Next.
     Files are copied.

9.  Remove the disk and insert the disk labeled 
     EtherDisk 2 when prompted, and then click OK.
     Files are copied. The diskette creation is complete.

Removing the Network Driver and NIC Software

   Follow the steps below to remove a 3Com NIC from your PC. 
   This procedure allows you to remove all NIC software 
   (the network driver and the diagnostics program), or just 
   the diagnostics program.  

   If you have more than one 3Com NIC installed and want to 
   remove only one NIC, follow the steps in the next section, 
   "Removing NIC Software in a PC with Multiple NICs."

   1.  Turn on the power to the PC and start Windows.

   2.  Insert the EtherCD.  
   3.  Click NIC software, NIC Drivers and Diagnostics, and then  
         Installation Utilities.

   3.  Click Remove Diagnostic to remove the Windows-based 
         3Com NIC Diagnostics program, or click Undo Broken 
         Installation and Uninstall to remove both the drivers and 
         the 3Com NIC Diagnostics program.

       A screen appears explaining what is about to occur.

   4.  Click Proceed.

   5.  If you chose 'Undo Broken Installation and Uninstall', 
        you will see the bindings process for a few seconds, followed 
        by an Update utility message.  Click OK.  Another update 
        message appears.  Click OK.

   6.  Exit the EtherCD.  

   7.  Reboot the computer to make the changes take effect.

   Removing NIC Software in a PC with Multiple NICs

   To remove the driver and NIC software from a PC with multiple
   NICs installed:
   1.  Double-click the My Computer icon, then the Control Panel 
       icon, and then the Network icon.
       The Network window appears.

   2.  Click the Adapters tab.  

   3.  Highlight the name of the NIC in the Network Adapters box, 
       and then click the Remove button.

   4.  Click Yes to confirm the removal.

   5.  Click Close to close the Network window.
       You are prompted to restart the PC.

       If you are physically removing the NIC from the PC, 
       click No.  Do not restart the PC until you shut down 
       the PC, turn the power off, and remove the NIC from the PC.

       If you are reinstalling the NIC software, click Yes 
       to restart the PC.


   (%VER WIN2000.TXT - Windows 2000 Installation Information v5.4.1)
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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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