PCMCIA.TXT Driver File Contents (16-503594.zip)

    About PCMCIA

    General Description

      The PCMCIA Ethernet card is a credit card size Ethernet adapter that
      connects a notebook PC to an IEEE 802.3  standard  Ethernet network.
      The notebook  PC must be  equipped  with  a  PCMCIA (PC Memory Card
      International Association) slot which is a standard feature in most
      notebook PCs.

      This incredibly small and thin Ethernet adapter (85 by 54mm) is only
      3.3 mm thick. It houses all the essential network processing hardware
      and a 68-pin I/O interface with the notebook PC. It is switchless and
      is installed by a simple plug into the notebook PC's PCMCIA slot.

    Socket Services and Card Services

      The key elements of the PCMCIA software  architecture are the Socket
      Services and the  Card  Services.   Socket services  comprise  the
      hardware-dependent software that controls the physical PCMCIA slots
      (also called "sockets")  controller  hardware.  They are  BIOS-level
      software interface that provides a way to access the PCMCIA slots of
      a computer Socket Services,  identify  how many slots  are in  your
      computer and detect the insertion or removal of a PCMCIA card  when
      the computer is power ON. Socket Services are part of the PCMCIA 2.0
      specification and interfaces with Card Services.  Card Services are
      hardware-independent and are the software management interface that
      automatically allocates the system resources, such as memory and IRQ,
      once Socket Services detect that a PCMCIA card has been inserted in
      a slot. Card Services also  release these  resources when the PCMCIA
      card is removed. In addition, Card  Services provide an interface to
      higher level software to load needed hardware drivers.

      Some vendors  subdivide  Card  Services to Card Services and Client
      Driver.  Their  function  assignments are as follows.  Card Service
      allows  "hot swap"  of PCMCIA cards,  manages their  competition for
      system resources and manages the PCMCIA card resources. Client Driver
      communicates with PCMCIA hardware device drivers(such as the Ethernet
      PCMCIA MAC-layer driver programs),  registers with Card Services and
      initializes the PCMCIA card upon its insertion in theslot. Generally,
      a Client Driver is only  necessary for PCMCIA  cards such as network
      adapters,  which  may  require  certain  unique  hardware  resource
      parameters such as I/O port address and IRQ numbers.

      Client Drivers may not be required for such PCMCIA cards as RAM cards
      or disk  cards,  which  use universal  hardware  resource  parameters
      understood by the Card Services.

    Driver Instasllation

      The following provides  only a guideline to load the Socket Services,
      Card Services and the Client Driver (where required).  For the  exact
      procedures, refer to the documents concerning the PCMCIA software of
      your system, and the README file on this diskette.

      A)For computers that provide Socket Services and Card Services in the
        form of device drivers

        1. Insert the PCMCIA Ethernet card in a slot.
        2. Load a Client Driver program (Socket/Card Service providers).
        3. Load the Enable program  (Socket/Card Service  providers  or
        4. Load a MAC-layer  driver  program  for your network operating

      B)For computers that do not have Socket Services and Card Services:

        1. Insert the PCMCIA Ethernet card in a slot.
        2. Execute the  EN190.EXE  program.  This  program  allows you
           specify  parameters for system  resource  allocation (I/O port
           address, IRQ,etc.)
        3. Load a MAC-layer  driver  program  for your network operating

      Note: The EN190.EXE does not include the Socket/Card Services.  It
            directly enables the  PCMCIA  Ethernet  card,  instead of going
            through these  Services.  Without the  functions of Socket/Card
            Services,  the card  must be  enabled  every  time  when it is
            plugged in the  systems.  The EN190.EXE  may  not  directly
            enable some PCMCIA host controllers.  It is highly  recommended
            to load  Service/Card service  drivers  before  execute  the
            EN190.EXE program.

    Sample Procedure

      1. For users who installed EMM386.EXE in their config.sys, please
         exclude memory address D000-DFFF from the system. This is reserved
         for use by the PCMCIA Ethernet card.

           device=emm386.exe noems x=d000-dfff

      2. For users who installed Card and Socket Services device driver in
         their config.sys,  please run  EN190.EXE  after  these  device

         SystemSoft CardSoft V3.1

         Phoenix PCM+ V3.0
           device=c:\pcm3\cnfignam.exe /setup-default

         Databook CardTalk V3.02

      3. For users who used Direct-Enabler in their  autoexec.bat,  please
         run EN190.EXE.


         Note: Please refer to EN190.EXE /? for the details.

      For the  detailed  driver installation  information  of the  PCMCIA
      Ethernet  cards,  please refer to the User's Manual of this  PCMCIA
      Ethernet adapter.

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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.

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