WIN98.TXT Driver File Contents (3Com_3c90x_NIC.EXE)

               3Com (R) Corporation 
           EtherDisk (R) Diskette for the
       3C90x EtherLink 10/100 PCI NIC Family
   Windows 98 Installation and Upgrade Information

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This file describes how to install an EtherLink NIC in a PC
running Windows 98. It also describes how to:
   
   Upgrade a PC from Windows 95 to Windows 98 that already 
   has an EtherLink NIC installed.

   Perform a fresh installation of Windows 98 in a PC that
   already has an EtherLink NIC installed.

   Update EtherDisk software.

   Remove the NIC driver and EtherDisk software.


First Time Installation
-----------------------
This section describes how to install an EtherLink NIC in a PC
running Windows 98.

The 3Com EtherDisk diskettes 1 and 2 and the Windows 98 installation 
files are needed during the installation.

   NOTE:  Windows 98 has the built-in ability to support the 
   EtherLink family of network interface cards. Unfortunately, 
   even though Windows 98 is a new product, the EtherLink driver 
   that comes with Windows 98 is old and may not work properly 
   under some conditions.  To avoid installing the default driver 
   that comes with Windows 98, follow the steps in this section.

To install an EtherLink NIC:

1.  Do NOT install the NIC in the PC.

2.  Make sure that Windows 98 is installed on the PC.

3.  Run the preinstallation program on EtherDisk diskette 1 before you
    install the NIC in the PC:
    a. Start Windows 98.
    b. Insert EtherDisk diskette 1 in drive A.
    b. Open the Windows Start menu and select Run.
    c. Run the preinstallation program. Enter:
       a:\preinstl
    d. After the preinstallation program finishes, turn off the power
       to the PC and remove EtherDisk diskette 1.

4.  Install the NIC in the PC and connect it to the network.  
    See the EtherLink NIC's user guide for instructions.

5.  Turn on the power to the PC, and start Windows 98.  
    Windows 98 detects the NIC. The Add New Hardware Wizard starts.

6.  Insert EtherDisk diskette 1 in drive A, and then click Next.
    
7.  Select Search for the best driver for your device (Recommended),
    and then click Next.
    Windows finds the driver file for the device.

8.  Click Next.
    Files are copied.

    NOTE:  If the Insert Disk dialog box appears, prompting you to
    insert EtherDisk diskette 1, click OK.

    You are prompted for EtherDisk diskette 2.

9.  Remove EtherDisk diskette 1 from drive A, insert EtherDisk
    diskette 2, and then click OK.
    Files are copied. You are prompted for the Windows 98 CD.

10. Insert the Windows 98 CD, and then click OK.
    You are prompted for EtherDisk diskette 2.

11. Make sure that EtherDisk diskette 2 is in drive A, and then
    click OK.
    Files are copied.

12. Click Finish.
    You are prompted to restart the PC.

13. Remove EtherDisk diskette 2 from drive A, and then click Yes
    to restart the PC.
    The installation is complete.

    After Windows restarts, double-click the Network icon in 
    the Windows Control Panel and make sure that the configuration
    settings are properly configured for your network environment.
    Contact your system administrator for assistance.


Upgrading from Windows 95 to Windows 98 with an EtherLink NIC Installed
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This section describes how to upgrade a PC from Windows 95 to
Windows 98 that already has an EtherLink 3C90x or 3C90xB/3C90xC NIC installed.

Follow the instructions for the type of NIC (3C90x or 3C90xB/3C90xC) that
you have installed in the PC.

NOTE:  If you have already upgraded to Windows 98 without following these
instructions and are experiencing problems with the NIC, see the
next section, "Performing a Fresh Installation of Windows 98 in a PC with
an EtherLink NIC Installed."


   3C90x NIC
   ---------
   1.  Start Windows 95.

   2.  Open the Windows Start menu, select Settings, and then 
       Control Panel. 
   
   3.  Double-click the Network icon.

   4.  On the Network configuration menu, select the 3Com EtherLink NIC.

   5.  Click Delete.  
 
       NOTE:  Deleting the NIC may delete all network components 
       (such as the TCP/IP protocol stack settings, if present). 
       Record the configuration settings of the other network 
       components that may be needed when the NIC is reinstalled later.   

   6.  Shut down the Windows, power off the PC, and then remove the NIC. 
 
   7.  Power on the PC, start Windows 95, and then install Windows 98.

   8.  After Windows 98 is installed, go to step 1 of "First Time 
       Installation" to install the NIC.


   3C90xB or 3C90xC NIC
   --------------------
   If you have an EtherLink 3C90xB or 3C90xC NIC installed, 
   no special installation or configuration is necessary. 
   The upgrade from Windows 95 to Windows 98 should not affect 
   your NIC's installation or performance. 

   However, if you upgraded from Windows 95 (OSR2) to Windows 98, 
   the NIC continues to use the NDIS 4 driver instead of the 
   NDIS 5 driver.

   To update to the NDIS 5 driver:
      1.  Start Windows 98.
   
      2.  Right click on the Network Neighborhood icon.

      3.  Click Properties.

      4.  Click OK to close the Network window.
          The NDIS driver is updated.


Performing a Fresh Installation of Windows 98 in a PC with an
EtherLink NIC Installed
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Review the section for the type of EtherLink NIC (3C90x or 
3C90xB/3C90xC) that you have installed in the PC.
     
     3C90x NIC
     ---------
     If you performed a fresh installation of Windows 98 in a PC
     that already has an EtherLink 3C90x NIC installed, or if you 
     installed a 3C90x NIC in Windows 95 and then upgraded to 
     Windows 98 without following the instructions in "Upgrading From 
     Windows 95 to Windows 98," the installation is damaged.  This is
     because Windows 98 installs its own built-in driver to support 
     the 3C90X NIC.  This driver is old and may not work properly 
     on some PCs.  When you reboot the PC, both the EtherDisk and 
     Windows 98 drivers load and attempt to bind to the same NIC.
  
     The symptoms of this problem vary.  You may get a 
     general protection fault in module NDIS.VXD.  If this happens,
     you must reboot Windows in Safe Mode to recover. You will not 
     be able to connect to the network.  If you run the 
     3Com NIC Diagnostic program for Windows, you will get errors
     when you execute the NIC diagnostic tests.

     To correct this problem, update the NIC driver and 
     EtherDisk software.  Follow the instructions in "Updating 
     EtherDisk Software" later in this document.

     3C90xB and 3C90xC NICs
     ----------------------
     If you performed a fresh installation of Windows 98 in a PC
     that already has an EtherLink 3C90xB or 3C90xC NIC installed, 
     or if you installed a 3C90xB or 3C90xC NIC in a Windows 95 PC 
     and then upgraded to Windows 98 and are experiencing problems 
     with the NIC, follow the steps below to properly update the NIC 
     driver and software.

     1.  Open the Windows Start menu, select Settings, and then 
         Control Panel. 
   
     2.  Double-click the System icon, and then select the 
         Device Manager tab.

     3.  Double-click Other Devices.

     4.  Select PCI Ethernet Controller, and then click Properties.
 
     5.  Select the Driver tab, and then click Update Driver.
         The Update Device Driver Wizard starts.

     6.  Click Next, and then click Next again.
 
     7.  Insert EtherDisk diskette 1 in drive A, and then click
         Next.
 
     8.  Select Floppy disk drives, and then click Next.

     9.  Follow the prompts on the screen and insert the appropriate 
         diskette when prompted.


Updating EtherDisk Software
---------------------------
If you are currently using a version of EtherDisk software that is older 
than the software on this EtherDisk, follow the instructions below 
to properly update the driver and the Windows-based 3Com NIC diagnostic 
software.

To update the driver and diagnostic software on a PC running Windows 98:

1.  Open the Windows Start menu, select Settings, and then
    Control Panel.
      
2.  Double-click the System icon, and then select the 
    Device Manager tab.

3.  Double-click Network adapters.

4.  Select the 3Com EtherLink NIC, and then click Properties.

5.  Select the Driver tab, and then click Update Driver.
    The Update Driver Wizard starts.

6.  Click Next.

7.  Select "Display a list of all the drivers in a specific location,
    so you can select the driver you want," and then click Next.
    The Select Device screen appears.

8.  Click Have Disk.
    The Install From Disk screen appears.

9.  Insert EtherDisk diskette 1 in drive A, and then click OK.
    The Select Device screen appears.

10. Click OK.
    Files are copied. You are prompted for EtherDisk diskette 1.

11. Make sure that EtherDisk diskette 1 is in drive A, and then
    click OK.
    The Update Device Driver Wizard appears.

12. Click Next.
    You are prompted for EtherDisk diskette 1.

13. Make sure that EtherDisk diskette 1 is in drive A, and then
    click OK.
    Files are copied. You are prompted for EtherDisk diskette 2.

14. Remove EtherDisk diskette 1, insert EtherDisk diskette 2, 
    and then click OK.
    Files are copied. You are prompted for the Windows 98 installation
    media.

15. Enter the path to the media, and then click OK.
    Files are copied. You are prompted for EtherDisk diskette 2.

16. Make sure that EtherDisk diskette 2 is in drive A, and then
    click OK.
    Files are copied. The Update Device Driver Wizard appears.

17. Click Finish.
    You are prompted to restart the PC.

18. Remove EtherDisk diskette 2 from drive A, and then click Yes
    to restart the PC.


    
Removing the NIC Driver and Software
------------------------------------
To remove the NIC driver and software:

1.  Double-click the My Computer icon, then the Control Panel icon,
    and then the System icon.

2.  Click the Device Manager tab.

3.  Double-click Network adapters.  

4.  Highlight the 3Com EtherLink NIC.

5.  Click Remove.

6.  Click OK to confirm the device removal.
    You are prompted to restart the PC.

    If you are physically removing the NIC from the PC, click No.
    Do not restart the PC until you shut down the PC, turn the
    power off, and remove the NIC from the PC.

    If you are reinstalling the NIC software, click Yes to restart
    the PC.




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