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   Release Notes


Intel EtherExpress(TM) PRO/100B TX and T4 adapters

82557 Ethernet Controller

The PRO/100B PCI adapter uses the Intel 82557 high-performance Ethernet
controller. You will see references to this component in other README
files. Sometimes, the PRO/100B PCI adapter will be referred to as the
"82557-based adapter."

Full duplex support

Full duplex is an optional setting that can improve adapter performance.
To run the PRO/100B PCI adapter at full duplex, you need to be connected
to a full duplex switching hub.

If your TX hub supports auto-negotiation, the PRO/100B TX adapter and hub
will negotiate to select the best mode. If your TX hub does not support
auto-negotiation, you need to manually change to full duplex. Refer to
the Installation Guide or the "Duplex Support" README file for complete

The PRO/100B T4 adapter supports full duplex at 10 Mbps only. In
addition, to operate the adapter at full duplex, you need to be connected
to a 10BASE-T switching hub, since T4 hubs do not support full duplex. If
your 10BASE-T hub supports full duplex, you need to manually configure
the adapter to full duplex. Configuration is specific to your NOS. See
the "Duplex Support" README file under the "Adapter installation and
special configurations" section for configuration information.

The PRO/100B T4 PCI adapter does not support auto-negotiation.


If using Microsoft's EMM386 memory manager, use EMM386 version 4.49 or
later. This version is included with DOS version 6.22.

Busmaster slots

You must install the adapter in a busmaster slot. If the driver fails to
load or diagnostics fail, try moving the adapter to a different slot. If
you're not sure if your slots are busmaster enabled, see your computer's


Make sure you're using the latest BIOS for your computer. See the help
file called "PCI installation" under the "Adapter installation and
special configurations" section for a list of phone numbers of the
leading PCI computer manufacturers.

PCI shared interrupts

The server and DOS ODI client drivers for the EtherExpress PRO/100B PCI
and PRO/100B adapters support shared interrupts. However, because there
is no industry-standard way to support shared interrupts, other adapters
may support them differently, or not at all. You may notice this when you
install the PRO/100B PCI adapter or when you install another add-in PCI
card at a later date.

If you think you have another PCI adapter that doesn't support shared
interrupts (for example, a SCSI adapter), contact its manufacturer for a
shared interrupt driver. Or, try running your computer's CMOS Setup
program to assign a different interrupt to the other adapter.

Configuring your PCI BIOS

Some computers allow you to configure various BIOS parameters. If you
have problems installing your adapter, run the BIOS setup program and, if
possible, set these parameters:

  Interrupt type:   level-triggered

  PCI slots:   enable

These should already be the default settings.

Compaq Prolinea* Deskpro* XL

To work with the EtherExpress PRO/10+ PCI LAN adapter, these two Compaq
computers need updated BIOS software. You can download the necessary
files from the Compaq website:

From the Compaq home page, navigate to the Downloadable Files page. On
this page, select the file that corresponds to your Compaq computer
model. Follow the instructions provided by Compaq.

NetWare 3.11 Servers

On NetWare 3.11 servers, the driver won't operate correctly unless you
modify the server's STARTUP.NCF to include:


This specifies the size for preallocated server buffers. See the NetWare
3.11 installation instructions for more details.

Using LANDesk(R) Traffic Analyst 2.0

If you're using LANDesk Management Suite 2.0 and a Novell DOS ODI client
driver on your workstation, load RXMONSTK.COM (supplied by Novell) after
loading LSL. Also, be sure you have updated VMON.386 dated 12-14-95 which
supports the latest NetWare ODI client specification (v4.0). You can
download the VMON.386 file from our website. Refer to the 'Using Intel's
Automated Customer Support' README file on this disk for information.

Use the drivers that come with this adapter

Use the drivers that come with this adapter. The drivers for the prior
version of this adapter (PRO/100) will not work. If you download an
updated driver from one of our online services in the future, make sure
it is for the PRO/100B PCI adapter and not the PRO/100 PCI (non-B)


Use SETUP.EXE utility on the Intel Configuration and Drivers disk to
automatically install the DOS ODI driver, run diagnostics, get help with
installation problems, and to view information and help files.

You must use SETUP.EXE version 3.03 or later with this adapter. Previous
version of SETUP.EXE will not work.

NetWare* SFT III

When using the PRO/10+ PCI adapter in systems running SFT III, add the
SFT keyword to the driver load line:

LOAD E100B Slot= n SFT=1

The slot number, n corresponds to the PCI slot where the PRO/10+ PCI
adapter is installed. If you don't know the slot number for the adapter,
the Novell installation software prompts you for a slot number and
displays the number for single adapter installations or a list for
multiple adapter installations.

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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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