NW41X.TXT Driver File Contents (Netgear_FA310TX_Fast_Ethernet_PCI_Card_4.2.zip)


                  NETGEAR FA310TX Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter
         Driver Installation for Novell NetWare Server version 4.1X

  Getting Started
  The necessary files for Novell NetWare installation are stored in
  a self-extracting compressed format.  The FA310TX NetWare driver
  and the related NLM files need to be extracted prior to driver

  Upgrading NetWare 4.10 Server software
  The provided NetWare 4.10 server driver for FA310TX follows the
  Novell ODI Driver Specification version 3.31, and is capable of
  supporting requests from legacy DOS clients or the new clients
  issuing client32 requests.  As a result, the version 4.10 NetWare
  server software must be patched to work with this driver.  The 
  patching method is described below as part of the installation

  The Novell NetWare 4.11 server software is already capable of
  supporting ODI Specification 3.31 driver.  No patching is necessary.

  With either version 4.10 of 4.11 of Novell NetWare, you have a choice
  of following the auto install procedure from Novell or manually
  modifying the AUTOEXEC.NCF file to load the necessary NLM files and 

  Installation Procedure
  1.  Copy the compressed file NETWARE.EXE from the \NETWARE directory
      of the driver diskette into your hard disk.  Execute NETWARE.EXE
      at MS-DOS prompt to extract the drivers.  The NetWare 4.1X driver
      and the necessary NLM files are stored in the \SERVER\NW4X sub-

      Make a note of the target path where the drivers are extracted.

  2.  If you are using Novell NetWare ver 4.10, execute LSWAP in the 
      \SERVER\NW4X directory at MS-DOS prompt to upgrade the NetWare 4.10
      server software.  Skip this step if you are using NetWare 4.11.

        Usage: LSWAP [loaderFilePath [serverFilePath]]
               Default loaderFilePath = C:\NWSERVER\LOADER.EXE
               Default serverFilePath = C:\NWSERVER\SERVER.EXE

  3.  From this point onward, you have a choice of running the
      auto install program from Novell NetWare or manually modifying
      the AUTOEXEC.NCF file.

    Running Auto Install from Novell NetWare
    1.  Boot up the Novell Server.

    2.  After booting up, execute "LOAD INSTALL".  Type:

        : load install

    3.  Select "Driver Option" and press Enter.

    4.  Select "Configure network drivers" and press Enter.

    5.  Select "Select a driver" and press Enter.

    6.  Press the <Ins> key to install an unlisted driver.

    7.  Press F3 to specify a different PATH, provide the
        path where the NGRPCI.LAN driver resides and press Enter.

        eg. C:\<PATH>\SERVER\NW4X

        ; <PATH> is the path where NetWare drivers are extracted.

    8.  Select "NGRPCI.LAN" to copy the NGRPCI.LAN file.

    9.  Choose the "Select/Modify driver parameters and protocol" selection
        for setting the slot number, the media, the line speed, or the
        Node address.

    10. Set the adapter parameters, then select "Save parameters and
        load driver".

    Manually modifying Software on an existing NetWare 4.1X Server
    1.  Copy the NGRPCI.LAN file into the subdirectory of your server.
        For example:


        ; if C:\NWSERVER is the server subdirectory
        ; <PATH> is the path where NetWare drivers are extracted.

    2.  Copy the following NLM files into your server directory.


    3.  Execute SERVER.EXE on the server system.

    4.  At the NetWare prompt, enter "Load Install" to edit the
        AUTOEXEC.NCF file.

        : load install
          Select <System Option>
          Select <Edit Autoexec.NCF file>

    5.  Modify the server's AUTOEXEC.NCF as follows:

          load C:\NWSERVER\NBI.NLM
          load C:\NWSERVER\MSM.NLM
          load C:\NWSERVER\NGRPCI.LAN
          bind ipx to NGRPCI net=xxxx  ;xxxx is the network number (eg. 33)

    6.  Press  <Esc> key when done editing.
        Select "Yes" to save.
        Select "Exit" to exit installation.

    7.  Reboot the server system.  The driver is now installed.

      Parameters supported by the NetWare 4.1X server driver NGRPCI.LAN

      SLOT     1      - Forces the driver to search for the specified board

      AUTOSENSE       - This keyword configures the network port to auto-
                        determine the line speed and the duplex mode
                        according to the network connection.

      TP              - This keyword configures the network port to operate
                        in half-duplex mode.

      TP_FULL_DUPLEX  - This keyword configures the network port to opearte
                        in full-duplex mode

                        The "TP" or "TP_FULL_DUPLEX" keyword must be used in
                        combination with the "LINE_SPEED" keyword.

      LINE_SPEED      - This keyword configures the network port to operate
                        at either 10Mbps (Ethernet) or 100Mbps (Fast Ethernet)

                        This keyword must be used in combination with the
                        "TP" or "TP_FULL_DUPLEX" keyword.

                        Format: LINE_SPEED=<value>
                        Allowed values are: 10,100

      TX_THRESHOLD    - This keyword selects the transmit threshold mode. The
                        TX_THRESHOLD keyword lets you choose the number of
                        bytes read from the host memory into the transmit
                        FIFO prior to start of transmission. If the frame
                        length is less than the threshold value, the adapter
                        will start the transmission after a full frame is in
                        the FIFO.  The performance is better when a smaller
                        value is chosen.  However, when experiencing any
                        compatibility problem, use Store and Forward or a
                        larger value.

                        Format: TX_THRESHOLD=<value>
                        Allowed values are: 0 - 6

                        0   -   Store and Forward
                        1   -   Threshold 36 Bytes
                        2   -   Threshold 72 Bytes  (default)
                        3   -   Threshold 96 Bytes
                        4   -   Threshold 128 Bytes
                        5   -   Threshold 160 Bytes
                        6   -   Threshold 256 Bytes

      For example, to force the network adapter to operate at 100Mbps half-
      duplex, use the following command line in AUTOEXEC.NCF or at the NetWare


  Sample AUTOEXEC.NCF file
    #Load the NLM files on Netware 4.1X server
    load c:\nwserver\nbi
    load c:\nwserver\msm
    load c:\nwserver\ethertsm
    #Working with NGRPCI driver (one PCI card)
    load c:\nwserver\NGRPCI frame=ethernet_ii    name=e1
    load c:\nwserver\NGRPCI frame=ethernet_802.2 name=e2
    load c:\nwserver\NGRPCI frame=ethernet_802.3 name=e3
    bind ipx to e1 net=10
    bind ipx to e2 net=20
    bind ipx to e3 net=30

    #Working with NGRPCI driver (multiple PCI cards)
    #load c:\nwserver\NGRPCI frame=ethernet_ii    name=e5   slot=1 ; card #1
    #load c:\nwserver\NGRPCI frame=ethernet_802.2 name=e6   slot=1 ; card #1
    #load c:\nwserver\NGRPCI frame=ethernet_802.3 name=e7   slot=1 ; card #1
    #bind ipx to e5 net=100
    #bind ipx to e6 net=200
    #bind ipx to e7 net=300

    #load c:\nwserver\NGRPCI frame=ethernet_ii    name=e5   slot=2 ; card #2
    #load c:\nwserver\NGRPCI frame=ethernet_802.2 name=e6   slot=2 ; card #2
    #load c:\nwserver\NGRPCI frame=ethernet_802.3 name=e7   slot=2 ; card #2
    #bind ipx to e5 net=50
    #bind ipx to e6 net=60
    #bind ipx to e7 net=70

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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.

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