Networking Connectivity
Intel® Network Adapters
Intel® Network Adapter Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get the latest Intel network drivers?

Intel network drivers are available through:
Intel® Device Update Utility
Download Center

What do the numbers and letters on the bar code label on Intel adapters mean?
The markings vary depending on the model and age of the adapter. Here is a general guide:

  • 6 digits - 3 digits (example 761767-003) - Adapter printed board assembly number. The first six digits (alpha or alpha-numeric) identify the product. The 3 digits following represent minor revisions that have no effect on functionality and can be ignored.
  • 12 characters (example 0007E90018EA) - MAC address, also known as the Ethernet ID. This address is stored on the card. Every network adapter has a unique MAC address. The unique number identifies the adapter on the network.
  • 5 digits (example 36013) - Manufacturing code used by Intel for internal tracking purposes.
Note 6 digit - 3 digit codes in other locations represent individual component part numbers and should be ignored when identifying the adapter. These codes can be on the metal bracket and the MP and PB numbers are silk-screened onto the board,

Does the adapter have a BIOS, and should I update the firmware?
Intel® PRO/100 adapters do not have a BIOS of any kind. The firmware stored in the flash chip on the adapter is the Intel® Boot Agent. The Intel Boot Agent is used to remote boot the computer in diskless workstations (that boot the OS from a server, not a local disk drive), or in conjunction with network management programs that use the PXE protocol to download service modules before the OS boots. If you are not using the Intel Boot Agent, you can ignore it or turn it off.

How can I stop the Boot Agent Message from showing up when I boot?
To prevent the Boot Agent from trying to remote boot your computer, enter your computer BIOS setup and find the boot order settings (sometimes called the Boot Device Priority). If your computer supports the automatic detection of bootable devices, the Intel Boot Agent is listed, or IBA will display followed by the revision number. Move the Intel Boot Agent down in the order past the hard drive.

If the Intel Boot Agent is not listed in the BIOS boot order setting, you can change the setting in the Boot Agent configuration menu. When the Intel Boot Agent message displays on the screen during boot-up, press the Control key and the letter S at the same time. Change the Boot Order on that screen.

You can turn off the boot agent entirely by using the IBAUTIL utility. This utility is supplied in the Boot Agent download, and in the archive PROUTIL.

This applies to:

Intel® Boot Agent
Intel® PRO/100 ISA Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 M Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Management Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 VE Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 VM Network Connection
Intel® PRO/100+ Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Management Adapter
Intel® PRO/100B Adapter

Solution ID: CS-008491
Last Modified: 30-Sep-2014
Date Created: 18-Jan-2004
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