Networking Connectivity
Intel® PRO/100 ISA Adapter
Novell NetWare* DOS ODI VLM Client Installation Notes

Location of Driver:   \NETWARE\E100ISA.COM

General Installation:

  1. From the Novell NetWare* Workstation for DOS disk, run INSTALL.EXE.

  2. Specify the directory on your hard drive where you want to install the NetWare client software. The default directory is C:\NWCLIENT. You can specify another directory if you desire.

  3. Allow the NetWare Client software installation to automatically update the CONFIG.SYS and the AUTOEXEC.BAT.

  4. Install the NetWare drivers for Windows*. If your workstation has Windows installed, select yes and specify the path to your Windows directory.

  5. Configure your workstation to use the Novell SBACKUP program.

  6. Select a network driver and provide configuration options. The PRO/100 ISA adapter driver is not included with the NetWare Client installation software. To install the correct driver, select OTHER DRIVERS from the list of adapters in the NetWare Client installation. You will be prompted to insert the EtherExpress PRO/100 ISA adapter driver disk into drive A: and specify the path as:

    A:\NETWARE

  7. Select Intel E100ISA from the list.

  8. Verify the EtherExpress adapter settings are correct, and press F10 to continue:

    Frame Type
    Node Address
    Optional 32 Bit Access Enable
    Optional Media Type Setting
    Optional PipeLining Request
    Optional Serial Number
    = FRAME Ethernet_802.2
    =
    = USE32BITIO NO
    = MEDIATYPE AUTO
    = RXEARLY OFF
    =

    Note: If the frame type is correct for your installation, Intel recommends using the default settings.

  9. This is the final step. The installation program will copy the appropriate files to your hard drive.

Troubleshooting Tips:

  1. If workstations cannot login to the file server, try these steps:

    On the file server:

    Verify that the frame type the file server is using is the same as the first frame type specified in the NET.CFG on your computer. If you do not have a NET.CFG or do not specify a frame type, E100ISA.COM will load 802.2 by default. Also, Verify that IPX is bound to the loaded frame type at the server.

    Here is a list of the default frame types for NetWare servers:

    NetWare 2.x 802.3
    NetWare 3.11 802.3
    NetWare 3.12 802.2
    NetWare 4.x 802.2

    You can verify what frame types your NetWare file server is using by typing the command "CONFIG" at your NetWare server console screen.

  2. Check for a LASTDRIVE statement in the CONFIG.SYS file. You must have LASTDRIVE=Z in config.sys when using VLM.

  3. Verify that you have FIRST NETWORK DRIVE = F in the NET.CFG file under the NetWare DOS Requester section.

  4. Below are sample files for reference:

    CONFIG.SYS:

    files=25
    buffers=25
    lastdrive=Z

    AUTOEXEC.BAT:

    @call c:\nwclient\startnet.bat
    path=c:\dos
    prompt $P$G

    \NWCLIENT\STARTNET.BAT:

    set nwlanguage=english
    c:\nwclient\lsl.com
    c:\nwclient\e100isa.com
    c:\nwclient\ipxodi.com
    c:\nwclient\vlm.exe

    \NWCLIENT\NET.CFG:

    Link Driver E100ISA
        frame ethernet_802.2
        mediatype auto

    NetWare DOS Requester
        first network drive=f

    Note: NET.CFG is position sensitive, so be careful to indent with one space or one tab as shown above in the example.

Using E100ISA.COM NET.CFG Keyword Options:

There are several NET.CFG keywords that are supported when loading the PRO/100 ISA adapter driver:

Use32BitIO
NO, YES
Selects whether 32 bit i/o instruction is to be used for the transfer of data from the adapter to memory. Some machines garble data when 32 bit i/o is performed. The default parameter is NO.

MEDIATYPE
AUTO, HALF10, FULL10, HALF100, FULL100
Selects the speed and duplex characteristics at which the adapter will attempt to connect to the LAN.

Serial
The last 6 digits of ethernet MAC address
Selects which adapter (when more than one adapter exists). "hhhhhh" is the last 6 digits of the IEEE address assigned to the adapter. This number can be obtained from the configuration program, or from the bar code sticker on the adapter.

TxQueue
1 - 16
The TXQUEUE keyword is used to adjust the size of the transmit queue. The default transmit queue is 3 entries.

RXBurstCount
0 - 15
Receive hysteresis is used to reduce the number of receive interrupts caused by an adapter. A receive interrupt occurs when either "n" packets are received or timer "t" expires (the time-out is measured in microseconds). RXBurstCount sets the "n" value in this example. Increasing this value will slow down the adapter and reduce the CPU utilization.

RxBurstTimeout
0 - 6550
Receive hysteresis is used to reduce the number of receive interrupts caused by an adapter. A receive interrupt occurs when either "n" packets are received or timer "t" expires (the time-out is measured in microseconds). RXBurstTimeout sets the "t" value in this example. Increasing this value will slow down the adapter and reduce the CPU utilization.

RxEarly
OFF, ON
The RXEARLY keyword is used to disable the pipelined processing of receive packets. By default, pipelined processing (Early Receives) is disabled. Pipelined processing improves your performance by reducing receive latency (the time it takes for a receive packet to get from the media to your PC's memory), but increases the CPU overhead incurred by the driver. Disabling pipelined processing INCREASES receive latency and hinders performance but adds greater compatibility.

LinkIntegrity
ON, OFF
Selects whether valid link information is to be transmitted by the adapter. Some older hubs do not support the transmission of valid link information. The default parameter is ON.

This applies to:

Intel® PRO/100 ISA Adapter



Solution ID: CS-008257
Last Modified: 07-Oct-2013
Date Created: 12-Jan-2004
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