WIN95_98.TXT Driver File Contents (


                 NETGEAR FA310TX Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter
        Driver Installation for Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows 98

  Getting Started
  Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows 98 does not come bundled with the driver 
  for the NETGEAR FA310TX adapter.  You must go through the following 
  procedure to install the device driver into the Windows 95 or Windows 98
  system for the adapter to function properly.

  The Windows 95 or Windows 98 installation disks or CD are needed to
  complete this installation.

  Installation Procedure
  1.  Shut down the computer and install the FA310TX adapter into the
  2.  Start your system normally.  Upon power up, the system will indicate
      to you that new hardware has been found and the "Add New Hardware
      Wizard" window will appear.

  3.  Click the Next button as the Wizard prompting "This wizard searches
      for new drivers for PCI Ethernet Controller".

  4.  Choose the "Serach for the best driver for your device" option, then
      click Next.

  5.  Insert the NETGEAR FA310TX driver disk.

  6.  Select the "Floppy disk drivers" and click Next.

  7.  The wizard shows the NETGEAR FA310TX Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter.
      Click the Next button.  The system will copy the driver files
      from the FA310TX driver disk.  At this monent, Windows 95/98 will
      also copy the necessary files from the Windows 95/98 CD-ROM.
      Prepare your Windows 95/98 CD-ROM or diskettes for this process.

  8.  After finishing file copying, click the Finish button. The Windows
      system will ask you for rebooting the system.  Select YES to reboot.

  Advanced Setup
  The FA310TX driver configures the adapter card to operate in autosensing
  mode by default.  In this mode, the card automatically selects the most
  appropriate operating speed and duplex mode.  There might be instances
  when you need to configure the adapter card to operate at a particular
  speed and duplex mode.  The following procedure guides you into the
  Windows 95 or Windows 98 system for this setting.

  1.  In Control Panel, open "Network".

  2.  Click on the "NETGEAR FA310TX Fast Ethernet Adapter" selection and
      click on the "Properties" button.

  3.  Click on the "Advanced" tab in the FA310TX adapter card window.

  4.  Click on the "Connection Type" property selection.

  5.  The "Value" windows will show the following possible selections:

        10Base-T                        (Ethernet)
        10Base-T Full duplex
        100Base-TX                      (Fast Ethernet)
        100Base-TX Full duplex

      Choose the appropriate setting as needed.

  1.  Symptom:  No error appears in Device Manager and the NETGEAR FA310TX
      driver is properly intalled.   But you still have difficulty browsing
      and locating other systems on the network. 


      a.  Check and make sure that you have a unique computer name for each
          system in the whole network.  All systems in the same local
          network should use the same workgroup name.  You can change your
          computer name and workgroup name in:

          "My Computer" -> "Control Panel" -> "Network" -> "Identification"

      b.  Check and make sure that the adapter is properly connected to a 
          network device (eg. HUB) and the "connection type" for this adapter
          is set to "AutoSense" or the correct connection type.  You can 
          check it in:

          "My Computer" -> "Control Panel" -> "Network" -> "Properties"
          Select the "Advanced" tab to modify the operating speed or duplex

          Possible selections are:  Autosense, 10Base-T, 10Base-T full_duplex,
          100Base-TX, 100Base-TX full_duplex.

  Explanation of Advanced Parameters

  Burst Length
    Programmable burst length. Indicates the Maximum number of 
    longwords to be transferred in one DMA transaction. Changing 
    this parameter may affect the device performance. The more 
    Longwords per burst the better the adapter performance will 
    be. The default should be used whenever possible.

  In Windows 95/98, parameters with the (32 bit) suffix are used by the 
  protected mode (NDIS 3/4) drivers.  Parameters with the (16 bit)
  suffix are used by the real mode NDIS 2 driver.

  Connection type (32-bit)
    Choose the connection/media type you would 
    like to use, or NONE for preprogrammed card's

  Full/Half duplex (16-bit) and Speed 10M/100M (16-bit)
  -------------------------     -----------------------
    These two parameters choose the connection type of NDIS 2
    real mode driver.

  Connection type (32-bit)    Full/Half duplex    Speed 10M/100M (16-bit)
  ------------------------    -------------------------------------------
  "AUTOSENSE"                 "AUTOSENSE"         -------
  "10Base-T half duplex"      "Half Duplex"       "10BaseT"
  "10Base-T full duplex"      "Full Duplex"       "10BaseT"
  "100Base-TX half duplex"    "Half Duplex"       "100BaseTx"
  "100Base-TX full duplex"    "Full Duplex"       "100BaseTx"

  Network Address
    Specifies the IEEE Ethernet address to be used by the
    Adapter. Setting this parameter will override the value 
    specified in the serial ROM on the adapter card.

  Transmit Threshold
    Controls the transmit threshold of the MAC controller. The 
    MAC controller starts transmitting data after the data 
    read from the Host computer to the FIFO at the controller
    exceeds the threshold.  The smaller the threshold the better
    the transmitting performance is.  However, a smaller threshold
    will cause the adpater card to access the PCI bus more often.
    As a result, it increases the possibility of transmitter FIFO
    under-run.  In some machines it could cause many packets to be

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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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  • 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.

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