\HELP\WIN95_98\WIN95.TXT NETGEAR FA312/FA311 Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter --------------------------------------------- Driver Installation for Microsoft Windows 95 -------------------------------------------- Getting Started --------------- Microsoft Windows 95 does not come bundled with the driver for the NETGEAR FA312/FA311 adapter. You must go through the following procedure to install the device driver into the Windows 95 system for the adapter to function properly. The Windows 95 CD is needed to complete this installation. The following example illustrates the installation of the FA312 Adapter. However, the installation procedure also applies to the FA311 adapter. Windows 95/OSR2 Installation Procedure -------------------------------------- It is recommended that you complete the Windows 95 installation prior to installing the FA312/FA311 adapter card. 1. Shut down the computer and install the FA312 adapter into the system. 2. Start your Windows 95 system normally. Upon power up, the system will indicate to you that a new PCI Ethernet Controller has been found. 3. Insert the Driver and Diagnostics disk and click on Next. The next window should indicate that the "NETGEAR FA312 Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter" has been found. 4. Click on Finish. 5. Click on OK when asked to insert the disk labeled "NETGEAR FA312 Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter Driver disk". The driver disk should still be in the drive since we haven't removed it. 6. Enter "A:\" and click on OK when prompted for the location of the "FA312ND3.SYS" file. Windows 95 will search into the driver disk for the FA312ND3.SYS file. 7. Click on OK when asked to provide computer and workgroup names. 8. Provide the computer and workgroup name and click on OK in the Network window. 9. Click on OK when asked to insert the disk labeled "Windows 95 CD-ROM". 10. Enter the directory location of the Windows CAP files and click on OK. If your CD-ROM drive uses the driver letter D, you have to enter "D:\WIN95". Many systems already come with the Windows CAP files on the hard disk driver. Nomally the Windows CAP files reside on the "C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CAPS" directory. The system starts copying files. 11. Click on OK when asked to insert the disk labeled "NETGEAR FA312 Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter Driver disk". The driver disk should still be in the drive since we haven't removed it. 12. Enter "A:\" and click on OK when prompted for the location of the "FA312.DOS" file. Windows 95 will search into the driver disk for the FA312.DOS file. 13. Click on Yes when asked if we want to restart the system. 14. Remove the driver disk and the Windows 95 CD-ROM when the system reboots. Advanced Setup -------------- The FA312 driver configures the adapter card to operate in autosensing mode by default. In this mode, the card automatically selects the most appropriate operating speed and duplex mode. There might be instances when you need to configure the adapter card to operate at a particular speed and duplex mode. The following procedure guides you into the Windows 95 or Windows 98 system for this setting. 1. In Control Panel, open "Network". 2. Click on the "NETGEAR FA312 Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter" or the "NETGEAR FA311 Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter" selection. Then, click on the "Properties" button. 3. Click on the "Advanced" memu tab in the FA312 or FA311 adapter card window. 4. Click on the "NetworkMedia" property selection. 5. The "NetworkMedia" windows will show the following possible selections: AutoDetect 10Base-T (Ethernet) 10Base-T Full duplex 100Base-TX (Fast Ethernet) 100Base-TX Full duplex Choose the appropriate setting as needed. Troubleshooting --------------- 1. Symptom: Even after the previously described procedure, Windows 95 still indentifies the FA312 or FA311 adapter card as some other vendor's card. Explanation: When a device driver is installed into Windows 95, the device driver's accompanying information file (INF file) is copied into the /WINDOWS/INF directory. Upon start up, Windows 95 looks into the INF files in the /WINDOWS/INF directory for the PCI device ID number that matches the one on the PCI adapter card. The first one that Windows 95 finds, it identifies the physical device as the one described in the INF file. However, there might be PCI adapter cards coming from different manufacturers using the same controller chip. There is only one vendor ID and device ID for each controller chip. The Sub_vendor ID is what differentiates one hardware manufacturer's card from another. Since Windows 95 operates on a first come first serve basis, the FA312 INF file, NETFA312.INF, (or the FA311 INF file, NETFA311.INF) should be placed on the top of the directory list for the adapter card to be correctly recognized and for Windows 95 to load the proper driver. Solution: a. In Windows 95, go to the C:\WINDOWS\INF directory. b. Remove the old NETFA312.INF file (if it exists). c. Create a temporary directory and copy all the files from the \WINDOWS\INF directory to this temporary directory. d. Delete all the files (*.INF) in the \WINDOWS\INF directory. e. Copy the new NETFA312.INF from the driver disk into \WINDOWS\INF directory. f. Copy all the files from the temporary directory back to the \WINDOWS\INF directory. Remove the temporary directory. 2. Symptom: No error appears in Device Manager and the NETGEAR FA312 or FA311 driver is properly intalled. But you still have dif- ficulty browsing and locating other systems on the network. Solution: a. Check and make sure that you have unique computer names for each computer in the whole network. You can change your computer name in: "My Computer" -> "Control Panel" -> "Network" -> "Identification" b. Check and make sure that the adapter is properly connected to a network device (eg. HUB) and the "connection type" for this adapter is set to "AutoSense" or the correct connection type. You can check it in: "My Computer" -> "Control Panel" -> "Network" -> "Properties" Select the "Advanced" tab to modify the operating speed or duplex mode. Possible selections for "NetworkMedia" are: Autosense, 10Base-T, 10Base-T full_duplex, 100Base-TX, 100Base-TX full_duplex.Download Driver Pack
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