QA.TXT Driver File Contents (linksys100tx.zip)

       
  Commonly Asked Questions and Answers
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    Q:  What should I do first when I encounter problems with
        my network card?
       
    A:  Run the DIAG program on the card's setup disk to
        help you diagnose the problem.  To install and run
        DIAG, insert the setup disk intro drive A.  Then
        from the DOS prompt type:

          A:
          CD DIAG
          INSTALL


    Q:  What interrupt is recommend to be use with PCI adapter?
          
    A:  If your PC has a PCI BIOS of 2.0 or greater, you
        shouldn't have to worry about assigning interrupts --
        your computer should automatically set the card's
        interrupt (IRQ) value for you.


    Q:  I have an ASUS motherboard but I can't load Novell Netware server
        driver for the EtherFast 10/100 LAN Card. Why?
    
    A:  Both ISA and EISA on the ASUS PCI motherboard must be used
        with specific versions of ASUS's BIOS for the machine and
        adapter to work together correctly in the Novell Netware
        server.  On the Netware workstations, any version of the
        ASUS BIOS will work without problems.

       
    Q:  My PCI driver doesn't work with EMM386 loaded.

    A:  Version 4.48 of EMM386 conflicts with the PCI bus I/O
        allocation scheme.  If you're using EMM386 and believe it
        is conflicting with your device, upgrade your EMM386
        program to version 4.49.
                                                                                                                                                                         
    Q:  I have problems with my M54PI motherboard form Micronics (or from
        Micron and Microsys).  What should I do?

    A:  These motherboards only have one slot that complies with
        the INTA/PCI bus specification, and it is usually the slot
        farthest from the power supply.  Try using this slot.



  Wake-On-LAN (WOL)   
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    Q:  What kind of PC supports the Wake-On-LAN function ?
 
    A:  Please refer to the manual of mother board for details.
        The manual will list the Wake-On-LAN (WOL) support if it does.

        Normally, the mother board must provide a 3-pin WOL connector.
        The pin-out of it is defined as below.

        a) System requirement :
             ATX power supply
             ATX mother board
             the adapter with the WOL cable (3-pin cable)


    Q:  How to wake up the PC ?
 
    A:  There are three methods to wake up the PC.

        a) Magic Packet
        b) Link Change
        c) Wake-Up Frame (not supported now)

        The wake-up singal could be generated by the following way :

        a) Detection as the link state changed from link fail to link pass.
        b) Detection of a Magic Packet received.
        c) Detection of a Wake-Up-Frame received. (not supported now)


    Q:  What is a Magic Packet?

    A:  The Magic Packet technology is defined by AMD and used to
        remotely wake up a sleeping PC.

        The format of Magic Packet is a valid Ethernet packet that
        contains a specific sequence of 16 duplications of MAC address.
        The synchronize stream is defined as 6 bytes of FFh.


    Q:  What is Link Change?

    A:  The ability to wake up a PC in sleep mode simply by disconnecting
        or reconnecting the network cable connection.
        The default entry is enabled for D3(cold) status.


    Q:  How many sleep statuss be supported by the adapter ?
 
    A:  Now we just support D3(cold) status for the WOL function.


    Q:  How can I put the adapter to D3(cold) for WOL ?
 
    A:  Power on a PC and wait for EEPROM download completed.
        The PC will enter D3(cold) status after power off it.
        The default entry is enabled for this status.


    Q:  What is the WOL connector in the adapter and its pin-out ?
 
    A:  There is a 3-pin connector located on the adapter.
        The connector must connect to the WOL connector of the
        mother board.

        The pin definition of the 3-pin connector of adapter :

          Pin 1..... +5V Standby power
          Pin 2..... Ground
          Pin 3..... RWU signal


    Q:  What can I do if the Wake-On-LAN (WOL) function did not work ?

    A:  Please refer to the TroubleShooting for details.


    Q:  What is Advanced Configuration Power Management Interface (ACPI) ?

    A:  It is a specification developed by Intel, Microsoft, and Toshiba.
        It allows more advanced power management features for OS, BIOS,
        PCI device and so on.






  Wake-On-LAN (WOL)   
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  Diagnostic Procedures and TroubleShooting
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  Check the following items if necessary :

  1.  Make sure the PC (be waken up) supports Advanced Power Management (APM)
      or Advanced Configuration Power Management Interface (ACPI) and WOL.
      Please refer to the manual of mother board of PC for details.

      And check your mother board can be waken up by PME or RWU pin ?

      After it, please set up the jumpers of adapter properly with the
      manual with the adapter.

      The PME and RWU pins are used to singal PC to wake up.
      The PME pin is standard as defined in the PCI Specification and
      active low.

      But the RWU pin is non-standard and we need to use the jumpers,
      J2 and J3, to set up its behavior.
      About the detailed setting of jumpers, please refer to the manual.


  2.  Run the diagnostic utility to make sure the adapter works well.
      If any failed, the adapter may be damaged. Please call for service.


  3.  Make sure that the adapter is well seated in the PCI slot, and the
      3-pin WOL connector of adapter is well connected to the WOL connector
      of mother board.


  4.  Magic Packet test:
      Please prepare two PCs and two adapters.
      One is for the PC A (be waken up), another for the PC B (wake up).
      The PC B (wake up) will send the Magic Packet defined by AMD
      to the PC A (be waken up) to wake up it.

      Please refer to the following steps for details :
      a) Please power on the PC A (be waken up) , in order to download the
         setting in the EEPROM.  Then, please power off the PC.

      b) Please run the WOL utility on another PC B (wake up) under pure
         DOS mode. The utility, WOL_SET.EXE, is placed in the \ACPI\ directory
         of driver diskette.

      c) The screen pops up, and please select the "wake up" item.
         Then the utility will ask the Node Address of the adapter of the PC A
         (be waken up).

      d) Then the utility will send a Magic Packet to the adapter A to
         wake up the PC A.

      Note :
        If any, problem, please run the WOL_SET.EXE file to diagnose
        the functionality of adapter for WOL.

        Please select the "be waken up" item to test the registers of
        adapter A.
        Please make sure the 3-pin connector is well connected.


  5.  Link Change test:
      Please prepare one PC and one adapter.

      Please refer to the following steps for details :
      a) Please power on the PC, in order to download the
         setting in the EEPROM.  Then, please power off the PC.

      b) disconnect the UTP cable, and re-connect it to force the link state
         changed from the Link Fail to Link Pass.
         Then, the PC is waken up.



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