BOOTROM.TXT Driver File Contents (

  Linksys EtherFast Series LAN Cards README File
  for RPL Boot ROM
  Copyright (C) 1999 Linksys, All Rights Reserved

  Before You Begin
  Technical Support

  Before You Begin
  Thank you for purchasing your EtherFast 10/100 LAN Card from Linksys.  
  The instructions below explain how to set up the card's network 
  software drivers for use with your particular network operating system
  like Windows 95, Novell, Unix, etc.

  The EtherFast card is built for use in 32-bit, Plug-and-Play desktop
  computers with auto-configuring PCI slots.  It must be used in your
  PC's bus master PCI slot.  For further information, see the User Guide
  that came with the card.

  When a PCI card is used in a computer that has a Plug-and-Play BIOS
  (Basic Input/Output System), the card is automatically configured by 
  the PC each time the machine is booted.  The card's IRQ, memory address, 
  and other operating parameters are automatically assigned.  There is
  no way to change a Plug-and-Play card's IRQ and other settings outside
  of the BIOS menu(s) that your computer providse.  If the resources that
  are assigned to your EtherFast card seem to conflict with other devices
  in your computer, you will need to use your system's BIOS to resolve
  the conflicts.  
  If you have problems configuring your BIOS or resolving IRQ or other
  hardware conflicts, consult your computer manual or contact your PC's 
  manufacturer for BIOS setup & configuration directions.

  Here are some general guidelines to follow when installing a PCI card
  (like the EtherFast card) into your computer:
    *   If you need to configure your PC's BIOS in order to resolve an
        IRQ or other conflict with the EtherFast card, there are a few
                - Your PCI may not allow you to change the IRQ value(s) of 
                  the PCI slot(s).  In this case, you will ONLY be able to 
                  use the IRQ & MEM values that have been pre-assigned to 
                  each slot.  The popular BIOS from Phoenix, for example,
                  does not allow you to modify BIOS-assigned IRQ settings.
                - You may be able to change the IRQ & MEM values for a given 
                  PCI slot by setting jumpers on your PC's mother board. 
                  Please refer to your PC's motherboard user guide for 
                  specific instructions. 
                - Your PC may allow you to change the IRQ & MEM values for 
                  a given PCI slot by accessing the PC's BIOS setup menu. 
                  Please refer to your PC's user guide for specific details. 
                  The BIOSs from companies like AMI and Award are fully
                  customizable from their BIOS menus, for example.
    *   When loading the EMM386.EXE program in your computer's CONFIG.SYS, 
        you MUST use version MS-DOS 6.22 or above.  If you load an older 
        EMM386.EXE program (below DOS 6.22), your computer will hang up while 
        loading the network driver. 
    *   The EtherFast LAN adapter should be used in a 32-bit PCI slot that 
        supports PCI Local Bus Mastering.  It cannot be plugged into a PCI 
        Bus Slave slot.  Consult your motherboard's documentation for more 
        information on master & slave slots. 

    *   When using NT, set your BIOS PCI settings, and the PCI settings
        within NT itself, to MANUAL.  NT is *not* a Plug-and-Play BIOS,
        and will not usually recognize LAN cards if they are set to be
        automatically detected & configured.

  The EtherFast disk contains the neccesary files for
  RPL Boot ROM in the \BOOTROM directory.

  The RPL Boot ROM supports the Remote Boot function
  of the following systems :

    *   Novell NetWare Server v3.1x and v4.x

    *   Microsoft Windows NT v3.5x and v4.x

    *   Microsoft LAN Manager v2.1

    *   IBM OS/2 LAN Server v4.0

  This section describes the installation of Remote Boot function
  for these supported network operating systems.

  For the details of installation for Remote Boot function,
  please refer to the User Manual provided by these Network
  Operating Systems.

  *   For Novell NetWare Server

   1) You must make a bootable diskette for DOS.  This bootable
      diskette will be used to create the DOS Remote Boot Image File
      that is stored on the NetWare Server.
      Copy the following files into this bootable diskette :

        <drivername>.COM         , DOS ODI Driver
                NETX.EXE         , (or VLM.EXE and related *.NLMs)

     A sample of the AUTOEXEC.BAT file contains these lines :

           NETX.EXE or VLM.EXE

     A sample of the CONFIG.SYS file contains these lines :

           LASTDRIVE=Z                 , (for VLM.EXE only)

   2) Login to the NetWare Server as a SUPERVISOR.  And change the
      directory to SYS:SYSTEM.

   3) Insert the DOS bootable diskette in drive A: , and execute the
      DOSGEN utility to create a DOS Boot Image File (NET$DOS.SYS)
      in the NetWare Server.
      Copy the NET$DOS.SYS file to the SYS:LOGIN directory.
      Remove the bootable diskette out of floppy drive.

   4) Copy the RBOOT.RPL and ETHER.RPL files to the SYS:LOGIN directory.
      Copy RPL.NLM to the SYS:SYSTEM directory.

        Note :
          The RPL.NLM file depends on the version of NetWare Server.
          In the RPL developer's kit,

             for Netware Server v3.11    , use .\RPL\NLM\311\RPL.NLM

             for Netware Server 3.12/4.x , use .\RPL\NLM\40\RPL.NLM

   5) Load the RPL.NLM module and bind RPL to the NetWare Server's
      network adapter using Ethernet 802.2 frame type under the
      server console.

   6) Plug the RPL Boot ROM into the ROM socket of adapter.
      And plug the adapter into the PCI slot of PC for remote boot.

   7) Now, turn on the PC, and you can attach to the NetWare Server.

  *   For Microsoft Windows NT Server

   1) Installing the Remoteboot Service on the Windows NT Server.
      a) Choose Control Panel , Network , Add Software to add the
         Remoteboot Service.
         Put the Windows NT Advanced Server CD-ROM or diskettes to
         install the Remoteboot Service.

           Before install the Remote Service, both the Data Link
           Control (DLC) and NetBIOS Extended User Interface (NetBEUI)
           protocols must be installed.

   2) To share RPLFILES files and install MS-DOS Files for Remoteboot

      For example :
         install MS-DOS v6.2x Client Remote Boot

      a) Check that the <systemroot>\RPL\RPLFILES directory is being
         shared on the remoteboot server.   It should have the share
         name RPLFILES  (share by File Manager).

      b) From a MS-DOS client (running a version of MS-DOS 6.2x that
         you want to support on the remoteboot server), connect to
         the remoteboot server RPLFILES share by typing :

           net use V:  \\<servername>\RPLFILES

         where <servername> is the name of the remoteboot server.

      c) Copy all the MS-DOS files to the following directory :


         where xxx is the version number (for example, DOS622),
         by typing :

           copy c:\dos\*.* V:\BINFILES\DOS622
           attrib -s -h c:\io.sys
           attrib -s -h c:\msdos.sys
           copy c:\io.sys V:\BINFILES\DOS622
           copy c:\msdos.sys V:\BINFILES\DOS622
           attrib +s +h c:\io.sys
           attrib +s +h c:\msdos.sys

         Note :
           Do not set the hidden or system file attributes on the
           new copies of the files in the following directory :


      d) If you copied DOS files other than MS-DOS (such as PC-DOS),
         you must rename the following files.

             rename msdos.sys
             rename io.sys

   3) Create the Remoteboot Configuration for new adapter

      a) Copy the NDIS 2.0 DOS driver of adapter in the \NDIS\DOS
         directory to the following directory :

      b) Create this directory <systemroot>\RPL\BBLOCK\NETBEUI\LNE100
         and copy the following files in the directory \BOOTROM
         into it :


      c) Copy the LNE100.NIF file in the directory \BOOTROM to the
         following directory :


      d) Use the RPLCMD utility to add a bblock record for new adapter.
         (1) In the MS-DOS Prompt, type :

               RPLCMD    ,<Enter>

             Note :
               before run RPLCMD utility, the Remoteboot Service must
               have been started.   You can type :

                 net start remoteboot       ,<Enter>

               to start the Remoteboot Service.

         (2) Please proceeds as below to add record for new adapter.

           Adapter Boot Config Profile Service Vendor Wksta [Quite] V
           Add Del Enum: A
           VendorComment=Vendor of this adapter

           Adapter Boot Config Profile Service Vendor Wksta [Quite] B
           Add Del Enum:A
           BootCommet=Name of this adapter

           Adapter Boot Config Profile Service Vendor Wksta [Quite] C
           Add Del Enum:A
           ConfigComment=DOS 6.22 <adapter name>

      e) Shutdown the Windows NT Advanced Server, and then reboot.

   4) Login the Windows NT Server as an Administrator.
      Start the Remoteboot Service by typing the following command
      in the MS-DOS prompt :

          net start remoteboot         ,<Enter>

      Start the Remoteboot Manager from the Network Administration
      program group.

   5) In the Remoteboot Manager, choose the Remoteboot menu, and
      then the New Profile submenu to create a profile.

      a) Type the Profile Name amd Description.

      b) Select the Configuration named as below :

           DOS 6.22 <adapter name>

   6) In the Remoteboot Manager, choose the Remoteboot menu, and
      then the New Workstation submenu to create a New Remoteboot

      a) Type the Adapter ID (node address of adapter for remoteboot).

      b) Type the Workstation Name, Description, and Password.

      c) Choose the Configuration type.

      d) Select the following item in the Workstation in Profile :

           DOS 6.22 <adapter name>

      e) Click the Add button to add the workstation.

   7) In the Remoteboot Manager, choose the Configure menu, and
      then the Check Configurations submenu to check the remoteboot

      Choose the Configure menu, and then the Fix Security to fix
      the security.


   1) Unable to see the message of RPL Boot ROM on the screen

      Solution :

     a) Check if RPL Boot ROM has been plugged in the socket correctly ?
     b) Cold start your PC again.
     c) Contact our product service if still does not work.

   2) Unable to remote boot under NetWare Server

      Solution :

     a) Check if adapter is working properly ?
     b) Check if Netware Server is active ?
     c) Check if Netware Server support ETHERNET_802.2 frame type ?
     d) Check if Netware Server support RPL and IPX interface ?
     e) Check if the loadable module (RPL.NLM) is loaded correctly ?
     f) Contact our product service if still does not work.

   3) Unable to remote boot under Windows NT Advanced Server

      Solution :

     a) Check if adapter is working properly ?
     b) Check if Windows NT Server is active ?
     c) Check the Remoteboot Service is active and the
         Remoteboot Manager is running ?
     d) Check if the Node Address in the New Workstation of
         Remoteboot Manager matched with the adapter for remote boot.
     e) Check if the related *.FIT files exists in the
          <systemroot>\RPL\FITS directory.
     f) Check the adapter setting in the PROTOCOL.INI file under
          the <systemroot>\RPL\BBLOCK\NETBEUI\LNE100 directory.
     g) If the a hard disk is installed in the workstation,
          use the RPLENABLE utility to set up it.
     h) Check the attributes of MS-DOS files.
     i) Contact our product service if still does not work.


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