Readme.txt Driver File Contents (5.1.1.exe)

Intel(R) PRO/100 Server Adapter and Desktop Adapter Supplemental Information
August 24, 2001


For Installation instructions please refer to the Quick Install Guide or the
User's Guide.

Browser-Viewable User's Guide

The PRO/100 adapter User's Guide is viewable with any recent web 
browser. You can view the guide by inserting the CD in your computer
and waiting for the Autorun menu to appear. Click the User's Guide
button on the Autorun screen. 

Another way to view the guide is to start the Windows Explorer, go to 
the \INFO folder on the Intel CD and double-click the file called 

To install the online User's Guide on your hard disk, view the Help 
file, GUIDE.HLP, in the root directory.

Installing PROSet II and Other Advanced Features

Please note that the base driver for your adapter must be installed before
installing advanced features such as PROSet II. The Intel(R) CD includes an
installation utility for installing Advanced Features, which may include
the following (your adapter may not support all these features):

  - Intel(R) PROSet II
  - Desktop Management Interface *
  - Intel(R) PRO Network Adapters WMI Provider *
  - Intel(R) PRO Quality of Service WMI Provider *
  - Intel(R) Priority Packet II 
  - Intel(R) PRO/100 Lan Adapters SNMP *
  - Intel(R) PRO/100 Mobile Modem Utilities

NOTE: The Intel PROSet II option does not appear in Windows* NT 4.0,
      since it's automatically pre-installed when you install the
      adapter drivers.

* These are Management Agents.

For Windows 95, only Intel(R) PROSet is available.

The option "Intel(R) PRO/100 Mobile Modem Utilities" only appears 
if the installer detects a mobile adapter.

When you insert the Intel CD in the CD-ROM drive, the Intel Product
Information autorun screen appears.  Select the Install Advanced
Features button to start the installer.

Alternately, you can start the installer by double clicking the SETUP.EXE
file in the Setup folder on the Intel CD.

Upgrading to Windows XP from prior version of Windows

If you are upgrading from a prior version of Windows to Windows XP 
and you have Intel PROSet software installed, it will be deleted in the process. 
You will need to reinstall Intel PROSet software as described above.

Windows XP Usage Notes

With bridging enabled, PROSet II does not retain adapter IP address information.

If changes are made to any PROSet II advanced feature after enabling bridging,
the PROSet software becomes unstable.

Introducing the new Intel(R) PRO/100 S Dual Port Server Adapter

Intel has combined security features with the ability to have two distinct
adapter ports in one PCI slot. The PRO/100 S Dual Port Adapter has a 64-bit
PCI connector, allowing the two 32-bit ports to operate with a 64-bit
bridge at 33 Mhz.

When installing a PRO/100 S Dual Port adapter, upgrade all Intel 10/100
adapters in the computer to the latest software. If the computer has trouble
detecting both ports, consider the following:

1. Your operating system may need to re-enumerate the bus. To force the re-
   numeration, uninstall or unload the drivers for all PCI devices installed
   and shutdown the computer. Then restart the computer and reinstall or reload
   all drivers.
2. Some computers may need BIOS upgrades to properly detect the adapter's bridge
   chip and both ports. 
3. The "Plug and Play OS" setting in the BIOS should be set to "Yes" for Windows 9x
   and "No" for Windows NT and Novell* operating systems. This setting will 
   vary for Windows 2000 and Linux.
Adding this adapter through hot plug may present some difficulties. If your
second port is not detected, a restart may be required. When installing this
adapter in NetWare with hot plug, include the keyword "persist=1" in the load line.

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Server Adapter Teaming Features

Server adapters support advanced teaming features:

   - Adapter Fault Tolerance (AFT)
   - Adaptive Load Balancing (ALB)
   - Fast EtherChannel* (FEC)/Intel link aggregation
   - Gigabit EtherChannel (PRO/1000 adapters)
   - 802.3ad

For more information on these teaming features and how to set up
teaming on specific adapters, see the User's Guide.

Removing Virtual Adapters in Windows 2000

IMPORTANT: When you use PROSet II to create a team in Windows 2000,
a virtual adapter instance is displayed in both the Device Manager
and Network and Dial-up Connections. Each virtual adapter instance
is listed as "Intel(R) Advanced Network Services Virtual Adapter."
Do not attempt to modify (except to change protocol configuration),
disable or remove these virtual adapter instances using Device
Manager or Network and Dial-up Connections. Instead, you must only
use PROSet II.  Doing otherwise may result in system anomalies,
including bluescreens. 

VLANS on PRO/100 Adapters

A VLAN is a logical grouping of network devices put together as a
LAN regardless of their physical grouping.  VLANs let a user see 
and access only specified network segments and limit broadcast domains.
This optimizes network efficiency and maintains security access.
restriction. VLANs require VLAN capable switches, either implicit
(switch only) or explicit (IEEE 802). IEEE VLANs allow multiple VLANs
per adapter or team since both the switch and adapter use a tag in the
packet header to sort VLANs.

The Intel PRO/100 VE and VM Desktop Adapters and Network Connections
can be used in a switch based VLAN but does not support IEEE Tagging. 
The Intel PRO/10 VE, VM adapter has to be placed in an untagged port
on that switch, in a single domain.

All other PRO/100+ and  PRO/100 S PCI adapters and the PRO/1000 family
of server adapters fully support IEEE 802 based VLANs when attached to
an explicit VLAN enabled switch. (NetWare OS requires Server adapters). 

For overview information on Intel VLANs, visit the Intel Networking Web site:

For more specific information, read the white paper on VLANs:

Making Floppy Disks for NetWare and Windows Installation 

If you need to use a floppy disk to install the adapter drivers,
you have two options:

You can click the Create Install Disk button on the Intel CD autorun screen.
The Create Install Disk utility appears, and you can follow on-screen
prompts for creating the installation disk of your choice.
(Make sure you have a blank 1.44 MB formatted, non-bootable diskette
in the floppy drive when using this utility.)


You can use the MAKEDISK.BAT utility located in the 
\MAKEDISK directory on this CD.

MAKEDISK [operating system] [destination]

where [operating system] is the OS for which you are creating the
diskette, and [destination] is the drive letter and path (such
as A:). If no destination is specified, the A: drive will be used.

The possible [operating system] options are:
XP    = Windows XP*
NT    = Microsoft Windows NT* 4.0
W2K   = Microsoft Windows* 2000
W9X   = Microsoft Windows* 95 and Windows 98 and Windows* ME
NW    = Novell NetWare servers and clients
DOS   = Microsoft DOS and IBM OS2
MODEM = Modem drivers for the PRO/100 Mobile Combo adapters
        for all Microsoft operating systems.

Make sure you have a 1.44 MB formatted, non-bootable diskette in
the floppy drive when using this utility.

NOTE: Due to size limitations, PROSet and other advanced features
      cannot be installed from the floppy disk except in Windows NT 4.0

NOTE: This utility MUST be run from the \MAKEDISK directory.

      Alternately, you can use the following .BAT files (located
      in the \MAKEDISK directory on this CD) to simplify this process:

      MAKEW9X.BAT -- Creates a drivers disk for Windows 95 and
                     Windows 98.

      MAKENT.BAT  -- Creates drivers disks for Windows NT.

      MAKEW2K.BAT -- Creates a drivers disk for Windows 2000.
      MAKENW.BAT  -- Creates a drivers disk for Novell NetWare
                     servers and clients.

Management Adapters

For more information on the Management adapters, see the 
MANAGEMENT Topic in the User's Guide.

DMI and SNMP Software Support

This adapter provides Desktop Management Interface 2.0 and SNMP
capability for your Management applications. Software for DMI is located
in the DMI folder on this CD; software for SNMP is located in the SNMP
folder on this CD. 

For Windows DMI information, see \DMI\WIN32\DMIWIN.TXT.
For NetWare SNMP information, see \SNMP\AGENT\NW\README.TXT.
For Linux SNMP information, see \SNMP\AGENT\LINUX

Push Installations

If you are a network administrator interested in unattended installation
of the adapter drivers (push installation), see the Online User's Guide.

Updating Software and Drivers in Windows 98

If you're using Windows 98 and have updated or added an adapter,
you may experience a problem with device driver update files not being
copied.  (This is a known problem, for which Microsoft has published a
Knowledge Base article, Q242150.)

To resolve this problem, perform the following:

1. Reboot the computer.

2. Remove the adapter via Device Manager and reboot the computer again.

3. When prompted for the adapter driver, choose the option "Display a
   list of all the drivers...".  Then choose the adapter from the list
   and click Have Disk to update the drivers from the Intel CD.

4. Reboot the computer.

Removing Adapter Drivers in Windows 98 and Windows 2000

If you use the Add/Remove Programs icon in the Windows Control Panel
to remove an Intel adapter, and then try to install drivers from a later
Intel CD, you may see a prompt asking for the following files:


This is because Windows is attempting to install the files associated
with the earlier driver, which are not present on the later Intel CD.

To resolve this problem, finish the installation and choose "Skip" when
prompted for a missing file.  Then, instead of removing the driver,
update it with the later Intel CD.

For instructions on updating the adapter driver, see the "Install the
Network Drivers" section in the online guide on the Intel CD.  (For
instructions on viewing the online guide, see the section
"Browser-Viewable User's Guide," earlier in this readme.

For instructions on installing PROSet II, see the section 
"Installing PROSet II and Other Advanced Features," earlier in this

Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) Applications and Windows 98

On Windows 98 operating systems you must carefully configure
client systems to allow remote access of Intel network adapters
WMI provider properties.

To do this, you will need to edit the Windows 98 registry to 
remotely access the adapters WMI provider properties on Windows 98
systems from Windows NT. 

Refer to the Readme.txt file in \WBEM\WMI\NIC or \WBEM\WMI\QOS on the
Intel CD.

Usage Notes for HotAdd Feature

To install an Intel 10/100 Ethernet adapter using the HotAdd feature in
a Windows* NT 4.0 system, you must first replace the OEMSETUP.INF file in the
root directory with the OEMSETUP.INF file in this directory.

An easy way to do this is to create a drivers disk for Windows NT 4.0 using
the Create Install Disk utility or the Makedisk utility. After you have done
this, replace the OEMSETUP.INF file on the floppy disk with the OEMSETUP.INF
file in this directory (HOTADD.NT4) and use that disk to install the drivers.

For more information on creating a drivers disk and installing network drivers,
see the User's Guide.

If you need to install Windows NT 4.0 on the system, refer to the User's
Guide on this CD first. To view the guide, insert the CD and wait for the Autorun
screen to appear. Or, go to the INFO folder and run the INDEX.HTM file.

Known Limitations and Compatibility Notes

This section contains a list of notes that are not documented in the
guides or otherwise described.

Network Adapter Flash Memory Information Not Accessible in PROSet

If you install an Intel PRO/100 S Dual Port adapter in your computer, the Boot 
Agent tab in PROSet is not visible. Press the "Ctrl" "S" keys on boot up to access 
the BootRom configuration utility for PRO/100 S Dual Port adapters.

Windows Millennium Edition

If you plan to install a new Intel adapter in a computer while also installing 
Windows Me, see the special installation notes in the Online User's Guide. Go 
to the "Installing the Network Drivers" section and click the Windows Me link.

Removing PROSetII in Safe Mode

For information on removing PROSet II in safe mode for the Windows 2000 OS, 
see the page TroubleShooting.htm located on the CD-ROM under the Info directory.

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Download Driver Pack

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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