readme.txt Driver File Contents (pseries50706cd.zip)

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              UK Patent No: 2345992
              US Patent No: 6,397,284
   
    PSeries Driver version 5.07.06 release notes
       IMPORTANT CONFIGURATION INFORMATION
              PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

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It is recommended that you install these drivers 
BEFORE installation of the PCMCIA adapter in 
your PC.

*******************  WARNING *******************

In the unlikely event of problems with the installation 
of the PSeries drivers and hardware, BEFORE you do 
anything, you should make sure you have backed up 
any important information on your PC. 

The notes below may recommend alterations to the 
operating system registry or files on your hard disk. 
You should make sure you have backed up the contents 
of your hard disk before making any changes. 

It is advised that any changes to the registry should be 
performed by experienced personnel only. 

We cannot take any responsibility for loss of data 
etc., should this occur.                    

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Contents
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1 Minimum Hardware Requirements
2 Operating System Support List
3 General Troubleshooting Section
4 Windows 95/98/Me information
5 Windows NT/2000/XP information
6 Uninstalling the PSeries drivers
7 Customer Technical Support

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1 Minimum Hardware Requirements
===============================
Any uni-processor, Intel/AMD Pentium class motherboard 
with PCI Bus and PCI BIOS version 2.1 or greater.


2 Current Device and Operating System Support List
==================================================
The following operating systems are supported by this version
of the PSeries drivers and hardware:

16 bit PC-Card controllers (CL6729)
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Windows 95 (retail release) first release of Win 95
Windows 95 with update pack installed (Version A) 
Windows 95 OSR2 OEM version (Version B & C)
Windows 98 first release
Windows 98+SP1 (Service pack installed)
Windows 98SE (Second Edition)
Windows Me
Windows NT 4.0+SP6

32 bit CardBus controllers (TI & Ene 1211/1410/1420)
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Windows 95 OSR2 OEM version (Version B & C)
Windows 98 first release
Windows 98+SP1 (Service pack installed)
Windows 98SE (Second Edition)
Windows Me
Windows NT 4.0+SP6 (16 bit PC-Cards only)
Windows 2000+SP3
Windows XP+SP1
Windows Server 2003

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3 General Troubleshooting Section
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3.1 Laptop Computers and the PSeries drivers
============================================
The PSeries drivers are designed to operate with 
specially designed PCI based PC-Card adapters on 
add-in boards for desktop PC's.

You should NOT install these drivers on any other
hardware platform, THEY WILL NOT WORK!

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3.2 Dirty Interrupt Service Routines (ISR's)
============================================
The PSeries hardware relies on interrupts that are 
level sensitive and can be shared. This means that 
the PC-Card's ISR should be written correctly for 
this environment. For most efficient operation, the 
ISR should fully handle the IRQ in processor 
"Ring 0" (DIRQL), by immediately removing the source 
of the interrupt. In most cases this is true, and is 
recommended  by Microsoft as the way to handle 
hardware interrupts. Some poorly written PC-Card
drivers do not handle the interrupt in this way which
is ok for ISA based edge triggered interrupts, but 
cause problems in the PCI environment.

The PSeries driver contains special detection logic for 
badly behaved ISR's that ensures the IRQ is handled 
safely (without crashing the PC), but slowly (at approx 
25% of possible performance). 
If the PC-Card appears to be operating in this way, 
access to the card will be sluggish and the ISR could 
receive multiple unexpected interrupts. For improved 
performance, you should contact your PC-Card vendor 
for an updated driver that correctly handles the IRQ
according to Microsoft recommendations for
interrupt service routines.

The following cards have been detected with 
this problem, if you are using one of these cards
you should contact the manufacturer of your card for 
an updated driver:
* PROXIM RangeLAN2 wireless LAN card.
* WEB Gear Aviator 2.4 wireless LAN card.
* Raytheon Raylink wireless LAN card.
* NoWiresNeeded 11MBPS wireless LAN card.
* Breezecom PRO.11 SA-PCR wireless LAN card.
* All ATA cards in standard Windows NT4(+any Service Pack)

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4 Windows 95/98/Me information
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4.1 PCI IRQ routing in Windows 9x
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For best operation, it is recommended that PCI IRQ routing 
be enabled. On some motherboards, Windows fails to enable 
PCI IRQ routing correctly. In this situation, it may be necessary to
force the Windows PCI Bus driver to use BIOS calls in order to 
route PCI interrupts correctly. This is can be done via 
Control Panel-System-Device Manager-System devices-PCI bus.

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4.2 Memory window allocation in Windows 9x
==========================================
On some PC's, PC-cards fail to be recognised by the
operating system when they are inserted, or even cause
the operating system to crash. This is usually due to a 
memory clash where the operating system fails to 
recognise that an upper memory range is not available
for use by the Microsoft PCMCIA drivers. If this occurs, 
you should try forcing Card Services to use a 
different memory range. Go to the Control Panel and 
click on the PC-CARD icon, then override the memory 
window setting to a different starting value 
(like 0x000d0000).

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4.3 ATA Flash disk fails in Windows 9x
======================================

* Check the System Properties for the ATA card and 
   make sure an IO address range and an IRQ has been 
   allocated to the ATA card. If a memory address range 
   has been allocated to the card, this is usually caused 
   by lack of an IRQ, check PCI IRQ routing has been 
   enabled.

*  If no IRQ has been allocated, Check PCI IRQ routing 
   has been enabled and/or free up an IRQ for use by the 
   ATA card.

*  Check that the ATA card has been formatted correctly.

*  If everything above is OK but no drive letter is being 
   assigned, add the line LASTDRIVE=Z to your config.sys 
   file. Be careful to make sure this does not conflict with 
   any network setup.

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4.4 Vector CANcardX in Windows 95
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On the Cirrus 6729 based controller (PCI/PCIC 
compatible) when the CANcardX card is inserted at 
boot time, it is recognised as normal. However if the 
card is ejected and re-inserted, it fails to be recognised.
If the card is not inserted at boot time, it operates 
without any problem.

We believe this problem is related to Microsoft 
Knowledge Base Article ID: Q159492.

SOLUTION 1
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****       16-bit PC-Card adapters ONLY       ****
**** DO NOT APPLY THIS FIX IF YOU ARE USING A ****
****          CARDBUS ADAPTER!!!!!            ****
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If this occurs and you are using a 16-bit PC-Card adapter
then copy pccard.vxd from the PSeries driver disk
to the "C:\Windows\System" directory and re-boot.

SOLUTION 2
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For CardBus adapters, either insert the CANcardX PC-Card 
AFTER booting or do not eject the CANcardX PC-Card

SOLUTION 3
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Upgrade to another operating system.

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4.5 Linear FLASH card crashes the PC on insertion
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In Windows 95 OSR2, when a linear FLASH card without
"Attribute" memory is inserted AS THE FIRST CARD after 
boot, or inserted before booting the PC, it may crash the PC.

This is a known bug in the PCCARD.VxD supplied with
Windows 95 OSR2.

SOLUTION 1
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****       16-bit PC-Card adapters ONLY       ****
**** DO NOT APPLY THIS FIX IF YOU ARE USING A ****
****          CARDBUS ADAPTER!!!!!            ****
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If this occurs and you are using a 16-bit PC-Card adapter
then copy pccard.vxd from the PSeries driver disk
to the "C:\Windows\System" directory and re-boot.

SOLUTION 2
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For CardBus adapters, insert another PC-Card BEFORE 
inserting the FLASH card.

SOLUTION 3
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Upgrade to another operating system.


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4.6 Inserting PC-Card causes PC to crash
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Some PC-Cards requiring a hardware IRQ may cause 
the PC to stop responding as the IRQ is not properly 
handled by the device driver for the card. (See 
"3.2 Dirty Interrupt Service Routines" above.) 

If this occurs, then assign a DWORD value named 
"UltraSafeIRQHandlingMode" to the registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet
\Services\Class\PSeries

Assign it a value of "1" to enable this mode of operation.
A value of "0" disables this mode of operation.

The following cards have been detected with 
this problem:
* PROXIM RangeLAN2 wireless LAN card.

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5 Windows NT/2000/XP information
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5.1 IRQ Conflicts in Windows
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On some systems the PCI management IRQ is not 
allocated correctly to the hardware by the system BIOS. 
In this situation, the IRQ is automatically assigned and 
requested from the system BIOS by the PSeries driver. 
You can force the PSeries driver to use an alternative 
IRQ by appropriately assigning a DWORD value named 
"ManagmentIRQ" to the registry key:
 
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet
\Services\PSeries\Parameters"

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5.2 Two sockets reported in Windows NT4
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On a PC-Card drive with a single slot TI 1410 or TI1211 
CardBus controller in Windows NT4, two PC-Card slots 
are reported (in the PC-Card information applet in the 
Control Panel) when there is physically only one socket. 
This is a problem with Windows NT's slot detection 
algorithm and may be safely ignored.

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5.3 ATA Flash disk fails in Windows NT4
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If you are using an ATA flash (or rotating) PCMCIA disk 
in the PC-Card slot, and your PC hangs at the first blue 
screen (no dots appear) during boot up, or your PC boots 
OK (but slowly) and the ATA disk is not accessible, or 
the atdisk driver shows an IRQ as being shared by 
another device (in "Windows NT Diagnostics"). 

The Atdisk driver requires an IRQ (usually IRQ9) that is 
NOT SHARED by any other device. You should set the 
IRQ it uses as "In use by ISA"  (or similar) under 
"ISA/PNP configuration" in your BIOS configuration 
(usually accessed by pressing "Del" or "F2" during boot.
This will stop the BIOS from allocating this IRQ to a PCI
board in the PC.

This may also apply to other card types, if your card fails 
to work properly, check "Windows NT Diagnostics" for a 
possible IRQ conflict, ISA and PCI interrupts cannot be 
shared. 

If NT boots correctly and atdisk has started and all the 
above seems ok, but your ATA disk is not assigned a 
drive letter, go to the "Disk Administrator" and you 
should be able to assign one there.

NOTE1... The standard Windows NT4 ATA disk driver 
(atdisk.sys) only supports ONE PCMCIA ATA disk.

NOTE2...If a drive letter is not assigned to your 
IBM-microdrive, go to...
http://www.storage.ibm.com/techsup/hddtech/mdfalist.htm

NOTE3...Do not apply the IRQ9 "In Use by ISA" (above) fix 
in Windows 2000 your PC may fail to boot.

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5.4 CardBus Adapters in Windows NT4.0
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The native Windows NT4.0 PCMCIA drivers do not support 
CardBus controllers and CardBus cards. In order to 
support Windows NT 4.0, the PSeries drivers set  
CardBus controllers to Legacy Intel 82365SL mode, this 
allows only 16 bit PC-Cards to be used with CardBus 
adapters in Windows NT4. Install SystemSoft CardWizard
if you require CardBus card support.

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5.5 IRQ 7 & 15
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The PSeries driver does not support IRQ channels 
7 & 15 when they are allocated to a PC-card inserted 
in a PC-card socket. 

However, there is no problem with these IRQ's being used 
as the PCI management interrupt allocated to the PCI 
PCMCIA/CardBus controller.

3rd party PC-Card software in Windows NT 4.0 may allocate 
IRQ channels 7 or 15 to your PCMCIA card, leading to 
problems on configuration or during operation. 
You should set this software up so that these IRQ's are 
not allocated to the PCMCIA card.

You should also set this software into "polled mode" for 
card status change (CSC) events as the CSC IRQ is not 
supported.

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5.6 CardBus Adapter with the Multiprocessor kernel
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Windows NT4/2000/XP relies on the BIOS to setup IRQ's for 
PCI cards. The operating system uses this information to 
set up the IOAPIC. Some BIOS's fail to assign an IRQ to a 
CardBus adapter during boot as they consider they are 
bridge devices not requiring an interrupt. 

If this happens, the PSeries driver will fail to load and
PC-Cards requiring an IRQ will not work correctly. 
Contact your BIOS manufacturer for a BIOS upgrade 
supporting assignment of an IRQ to CardBus controllers. 

CL6729 based PC-Card adapters are not supported on 
multiprocessor Microsoft Windows platforms.

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5.7 Low Voltage PC-Cards in Windows NT4.0
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The information in this section only applies to
Windows NT4.0 all other supported operating systems 
support low voltage cards correctly.

We have tested SystemSoft CardWizard 5.2 and found 
that it correctly supports low voltage PC-Cards on 
CL6729 and TI CardBus controllers.

The standard Microsoft supplied PCMCIA driver in 
Windows NT4.0 does not correctly support low voltage 
3.3Volt-only PCMCIA cards.

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On CL6729 based adapters and CardBus controller chips 
that are not made by TI, there is no over voltage 
protection so if you are using Windows NT4 with 
Microsoft's PCMCIA driver, DON'T PLUG IN 3Volt only 
PC-Cards or they WILL BE PHYSICALLY DAMAGED!
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On TI1410/1211/1420 based CardBus adapters, there
is an over-voltage protection circuit built into
the controller chip that protects PC-Cards from
being supplied with 5Volts when the PC-Card is 
signalling (via the VS# lines on the PCMCIA 
socket) that it requires 3.3Volts. 

Some PC-Cards are dual voltage and are tolerant 
of 5Volts being supplied to them from the socket, 
though they may indicate that they require 3.3Volts. 
This means that in Windows NT4.0, with TI CardBus 
controllers, some PC-Cards may fail to be powered 
up so won't work! 
To get round this problem, (NOT TI1211 chip) the 
PSeries driver will detect low voltage PC-Cards 
and will set the TI CardBus controller such that 
only the most appropriate voltage is available 
for the card. 
The PCMCIA driver will then power the card to this 
VCC setting. This process will fail safe to 
3.3Volts if PC-Cards of different VCC types are 
used concurrently. So, in this situation, the 
5V PC-Card will fail to work correctly. 
To get round this problem, you can disable the 
over voltage protection circuit in TI chips, but 
if this setting is made, 3.3Volt-only PC-Cards 
WILL BE PHYSICALLY DAMAGED.

You can force the PSeries driver to disable over 
voltage protection circuit by adding a DWORD value 
(with value of 1) named "DisableOverVoltageProtection" 
to the registry key:
 
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet
\Services\PSeries\Parameters"

The file on this distribution disk named 
"DisableOverVoltageProtection.reg" will make the correct 
registry settings to disable the over voltage protection 
circuit on TI CardBus controllers.

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PLEASE BE WARNED THAT THIS SETTING MAY DAMAGE YOUR 
PC-CARD SO PLEASE CHECK WITH THE CARD MANUFACTURER 
THAT IT IS CAPABLE OF WORKING AT 5VOLTS FIRST! 

WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE TO 
LOW VOLTAGE PC-CARDS
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On Ene 1211,1410 & 1420 controllers, it is not 
possible to disable the over voltage protection circuit.


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5.8 Windows NT4 Service Packs
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The PSeries driver has been tested with Windows NT 
Service Pack 6, older service packs are not supported. 
If a Service pack is installed after the installation 
of the PSeries drivers, you should re-install the PSeries 
drivers.

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5.9 Windows 2000 Service Pack
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For best operation, it is recommended that SP3 (or newer 
if available) be installed. 
If a Service pack is installed after the installation 
of the PSeries drivers, you should re-install the PSeries 
drivers.

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5.10 Windows XP Service Pack
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For best operation, it is recommended that SP1 (or newer
if available) be installed. 
If a Service pack is installed after the installation 
of the PSeries drivers, you should re-install the PSeries 
drivers.

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6 Uninstalling the PSeries drivers
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The PSeries drivers are fully plug and play in that they 
will detect the PCMCIA hardware will no load if the 
PCMCIA hardware is not present in the PC. Usually it is 
not necessary and not recommended to completely 
uninstall the PSeries drivers. If the drivers are to be 
completely removed, the following sections explain how to
remove the drivers for the particular operating system.

DON'T FORGET!!! THE PCMCIA HARDWARE WILL 
FAIL TO OPERATE CORRECTLY WITHOUT THE 
PSERIES DRIVERS INSTALLED!

6.1 Uninstalling the PSeries drivers in Windows 9x/Me
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To uninstall the PSeries drivers, go to the "Control Panel",
run "Add/Remove Programs", select the PSeries Drivers
and click "Change/Remove".

Re-boot the computer into "Safe Mode" (by pressing "F8" 
during boot). Double click the "System" icon  in the control panel,
select "Device Manager" and expand the "PCMCIA socket" entry
highlight each entry for the PCMCIA socket and click "Remove".

From Windows Explorer delete the files:
c:\windows\inf\pseries.inf
c:\windows\inf\pseries.pnf
c:\windows\system\pseries.vxd

From Windows Explorer, go to the c:\windows\system\oldpcmcia 
folder and move the "PCMCIA.INF" file to the c:\windows\inf folder.

Run the registry editor (regedit.exe) an delete the key:
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet
\Services\VxD\PSeries"

Shut down the PC and remove the PC-Card adapter hardware.

Re-boot the PC and the driver is no longer installed.

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6.2 Uninstalling the PSeries drivers in Windows NT
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To uninstall the PSeries drivers:

1)	Shut down the PC and remove the PC-Card adapter hardware.

2)	re-boot the PC and go to the "Control Panel", run 
	"Add/Remove Programs", select the PSeries Drivers and 
	click "Change/Remove".

3)	Run the registry editor (regedit.exe) an delete the key:
	"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PSeries"

4)	From Windows Explorer delete the file:
	c:\winnt\system32\drivers\pseries.sys

The PSeries driver is now no longer installed.

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6.3 Uninstalling the PSeries drivers in Windows 2000/XP & Server 2003
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Version 5.06 of the PSeries driver introduced more integrated
operation with the Windows 2000 driver model. So there 
are differences in the way previous and later releases
are uninstalled.

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To uninstall the PSeries 5.05 and earlier release drivers: 
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1)	Shut down the PC and remove the PC-Card adapter hardware.

2)	re-boot the PC and go to the "Control Panel", run 
	"Add/Remove Programs", select the PSeries Drivers and 
	click "Change/Remove".

3)	Run the registry editor (regedit.exe) an delete the key:
	"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PSeries"

4)	From Windows Explorer delete the file:
	c:\winnt\system32\drivers\pseries.sys

The PSeries driver is now no longer installed.

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To uninstall the PSeries 5.06 to 5.07.02 drivers:
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1)	go to the "Control Panel", run "Add/Remove Programs", 
	select the PSeries Drivers and click "Change/Remove".

2)	From Windows Explorer delete the file:
	c:\winnt\inf\pcmcia.inf
	then rename the c:\winnt\inf\pcmcia.old file to 
	c:\winnt\inf\pcmcia.inf

To successfully remove all traces of the PSeries driver, you 
must NOT remove the PCMCIA adapter hardware from the PCI slot 
until you have performed the following step. IF you have 
moved the adapter from another PCI slot at any time, then
you will need to re-do this step with the hardware in
every slot that was previously used. (Windows 2000 preserves 
the setup independently for each PCI slot in the PC).

3)	Open the "Device Manager" and expand the "PCMCIA socket" 
   	entry, highlight each entry for the PCMCIA socket, 
   	right-click and select "Uninstall...".

Finally, when you have completed the above step for each PCI
slot the PCMCIA adapter has been in, you can do the 
following steps...

4)	Run the registry editor (regedit.exe) an delete the key:
	"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PSeries"

5)	From Windows Explorer delete the file:
	c:\winnt\system32\drivers\pseries.sys

6)	Shut down the PC and remove the PC-Card adapter hardware.

When you Re-boot the PC and the driver is no longer installed.

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To uninstall the PSeries 5.07.03 (and later) drivers:
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1)	go to the "Control Panel", run "Add/Remove Programs", 
	select the PSeries Drivers and click "Change/Remove".

2)	From Windows Explorer delete the file:
	c:\winnt\inf\pseries.inf
	then rename the c:\winnt\inf\pcmcia.old file to 
	c:\winnt\inf\pcmcia.inf

To successfully remove all traces of the PSeries driver, you 
must NOT remove the PCMCIA adapter hardware from the PCI slot 
until you have performed the following step. IF you have 
moved the adapter from another PCI slot at any time, then
you will need to re-do this step with the hardware in
every slot that was previously used. (Windows 2000/XP preserves 
the setup independently for each PCI slot in the PC).

3)	Open the "Device Manager" and expand the "PCMCIA socket" 
   	entry, highlight each entry for the PCMCIA socket, 
   	right-click and select "Uninstall...".

4)	Finally, when you have completed the above step for each PCI
	slot the PCMCIA adapter has been in, you can shut down the 
	PC and remove the PC-Card adapter hardware.

When you Re-boot the PC and the driver is no longer installed.

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7 Customer Technical Support
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If you are having problems you should contact your hardware 
vendor for support. Please assist them to support you by 
supplying ALL of the following information, the more detail
you supply, the quicker it is likely they are able to give you
a solution.....

1)  Make and model number of your PCMCIA adapter
2)  PCMCIA controller chip manufacturer and part number (the 
    big chip on the PCMCIA adapter hardware)
3)  Supplier of your PCMCIA adapter
4)  The PSeries driver version you are using
5)  Operating System and version (plus service pack etc)
6)  PC/motherboard model and manufacturer
7)  Motherboard chipset (i.e. 440BX etc)
8)  BIOS manufacturer, version and serial number
9)  Number of PCI slots on the motherboard
10) Number of ISA slots on the motherboard
11) Number of CPU's and type
12) CPU speed
13) Details of other PCI boards installed
14) Details of any ISA boards installed
15) Details of any motherboard peripherals
16) A complete list of ALL IRQ's allocation in the PC
17) Address and size of ALL memory resources allocated to 
    the PCMCIA adapter
18) Address and size of ALL IO resources allocated to the 
    PCMCIA adapter
19) IRQ number allocated to the PCMCIA adapter
20) Type, make and model number of any PCMCIA cards that 
    are being used
21) Address and size of all memory/IO resources allocated 
    to the PCMCIA card
22) IRQ number allocated to the PCMCIA card
23) A complete and exact description of the problem (please, 
    please, please, not just "it doesn't work"!!)


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