Ethernet Card Installation           2/18/98 AE Systems

Unless the ethernet card is very common and Plug and Play, WIN95 will not properly configure it. Instead it winds up in the graveyard know as Other devices. An example of a card that WIN95 can automatically configure during installation is the 3COM 3C509B. This card was popular enough for Microsoft to include it in the default driver search. The very common, NE2000 legacy (ISA) cards are not recognized automatically, however. None of the newer, faster, PCI based ethernet adapters are auto detected. The card must be old, common, and Plug and Play. Few cards fall into that pile. No good cards do. So, installing the proper driver is essential.

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Select the PCI Ethernet Controller and click on remove. The following screen appears.

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Click on OK, and continue.

After you reboot the PC, the Device Driver Wizard screens appear, begging for the missing driver. WIN95 knows that it is a network card, but doesn't know the flavor.

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Insert the ethernet driver floppy in drive A and click Next.

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WIN95 will find the driver on the floppy if it matches the NIC card. If the disk supports more than one card, select the proper driver and continue. This case shows the Intel 10/100 driver. Click on Finish NOT on Other Locations.

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Here is the dumb part: WIN95 found the driver configuration file on the disk, but it doesn't know where the drivers themselves are. (Even though it just waded through them to get to the file that told them what card it was in the first place!) Anyway, type in the driver location, A:\ and then click OK.

The PC will need a lot of the standard ethernet drivers such as WINSOCK.DLL, from the CDROM once it loads the last of the NIC drivers. Be sure the WIN95 CD is in the drive when you are done. You can also use the C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS directory if your PC has the correct OEM WIN95 SR2.1B installation. In either case, after the PC finds  manufacturer's ethernet drivers it will ask for the WIN95 CDROM. You can use the CD, your E drive in the \WIN95 directory for example,  or the above directory for the file location.

Now look at the Device Manager tab under the System icon of the Control Panel.

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The NIC, Network Interface Card,  has left the Other devices group and is now under Network adapters, as it should be. To make sure the card is configured properly, select the ethernet adapter and then select Properties. The card in case uses IRQ11 along with memory addresses.

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