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

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              NETGEAR FA310TX Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter
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                Packet Driver Installation Overview
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  Introduction
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  Packet driver is a general driver used by many network operating systems,
  especially TCP/IP based operating systems.  You can use the packet driver
  if the network operating system specifically mentions support for packet
  drivers.

  When installing packet drivers, the most important thing is the software
  interrupt vector.  The default interrupt vector for packet drivers is the
  hexadecimal number 0x62.  Most network operating systems supporting
  packet drivers will automatically search for packet drivers already loaded
  in the computer's memory.  However, some software requires a provided
  interrupt vector for the packet driver.  Furthermore, some network
  operating ssystems can only work with certain interrupt vectors, which
  require a software interrupt vector parameter when loading.  Please see
  the section at the end of this document for description on packet driver
  parameters.

  Since the NETGEAR FA310TX Fast Ethernet PCI adapter is software
  configurable, the packet driver will automatically detect the hardware
  parameters.  If the packet driver can properly read the adapter's MAC
  address during loading, the hardware is normally working properly.

    File            Description
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    NGRPCI.COM [/option] <packet_int_no>


  Packet Driver Parameters:
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  <packet_int_no>   software interrupt vector number used by the packet
                    driver program, which can be from 96 to 128.

                    Note: <packet_int_no> can be a hex-decimal or a decimal
                    number.
                    hex - start with '0x'.           eg. > NGRPCI.COM 0x62
                    dec - start with nonzero digit.  eg. > NGRPCI.COM 98

  /slot=##          the assigned PCI slot number.  The slot number should
                    range from 1 to f.

                    Note: '##' can be hex number only.
                    eg. > NGRPCI.COM /slot=1
                        > NGRPCI.COM /slot=2
                        > NGRPCI.COM /slot=f

  /u                Unload the driver program from memory.  The program
                    automatically searches for packet driver to unload.

  /autosense        The adapter automatically detects the media speed and
                    the full or half-duplex mode of operation.  This is the
                    default setting.

  /tp               Together with the "line_speed" command to determine the
                    operating mode of the adapter card.  "/tp" forces the
                    the adapter card to operate in half-duplex mode.

  /tp_full_duplex   Configure the network connection to run in full-duplex
                    mode.  Either "/tp" or "/tp_full_duplex" must be
                    used together with the "/line_speed" command when
                    changing network speed.

  /line_speed=###   Configure the line speed.  The allowed parameters are
                    10 (for 10Mbps) or 100 (for 100Mbps).

  Note: the 'line_speed' parameter must be used together with the media
        selection command (/tp or /tp_full_duplex).  Otherwise the
        driver may not function properly.
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  • 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.

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