Networking Connectivity
Network Connectivity
NetWare* DOS ODI Client Driver Installation

Location of Driver: \DOS\E100BODI.COM

Quick installation
Use the Automatic setup option in the SETUP utility on the Intel Configuration and Drivers disk to quickly Xand easily install the ODI driver using NETX. For workstations using VLM's, see the VLM client section below.

Sample configuration files


NETX or VLM (VLM's for NetWare* 4.1 or 3.12)

NET.CFG (for 802.3 clients - generally NetWare 3.11 servers):


NET.CFG (for 802.2 clients - generally NetWare 3.12 and 4.1 servers):



General installation for NetWare 3.11/3.12 clients

All the files necessary to connect to the NetWare servers are supplied on the Intel Configuration and Drivers disk. Newer versions of the shell files (LSL.COM, IPXODI.COM, NETX.EXE) may be available from Novell on the NetWire forum.

  1. From the \DOS directory on the Intel Configuration and Driver disk, copy the following files onto your hard drive:


  2. Add the commands to your AUTOEXEC.BAT file as shown above under the Sample Configuration Files section. Make sure you change to the subdirectory where the drivers are loaded before executing the files. In the example above, the drivers are located in the NWCLIENT subdirectory.

  3. Edit the NET.CFG file per your requirements.

    If you don't know which frame type to load, type CONFIG at your file server console to see which frame type your file server is loading and load one of these frame types on the workstation.

    If you list two or more NetWare frame types in the NET.CFG, the first frame type will bind to the IPX protocol.

    The NET.CFG file should be in the same directory as the adapter driver.

    If you're running EMM386, make sure you are using v4.49 or later. It's the version that ships with DOS 6.22.

  4. Reboot the computer and the drivers will load and connect you to the network.

General instructions for NetWare 4.1/3.12 client with VLMs

The installation of the NetWare 4.1 client software is much easier than earlier versions. The installation procedure transfers files to a specific directory on the workstation and creates or modifies existing configuration files to fit your specific needs. The installation utility, INSTALL.EXE, is located on NetWare's "Workstation for DOS" disk. The install program is also located in \PUBLIC\CLIENT\DOSWIN on the server. NetWare 3.12 does not automatically create this directory on the server during installation.

Installation procedure for NetWare 4.1/3.12 client with VLMs

  1. Run INSTALL.EXE on the workstation you are configuring. It can be found on the NetWare Workstation for DOS Disk.

    Note: INSTALL.EXE must be version 1.21 or greater

  2. The NetWare Client Install program screen appears. You must complete each of the options as they are specific to your needs.

    Step #1:
    Specifies the directory on the hard drive that you want to install the client software. The default directory is C:\NWCLIENT. You can specify another directory if you desire.

    Step #2:
    Gives you the option to automatically update the CONFIG.SYS and the AUTOEXEC.BAT files or modify them at a later time manually.

    Step #3:
    Installs Windows software for your system if your workstation supports Windows and asks you to specify the directory where Windows is located. You will also have the option to customize for Windows.

    Step #4:
    Gives you the option to configure your workstation for back-up by a NetWare server.

    Step #5:
    Asks you to select a network driver and provide configuration options. It uses the specifications you select to create the NET.CFG file. Do NOT select a Driver from the list Novell provides, rather choose OTHER DRIVER and insert the Intel Configuration and Drivers disk. Select the Intel PRO/100+ LAN Adapter. There are four configurable settings:

    • Frame Type:You must set the frame type to match the file server.

    • Adapter Node Address: (optional) Changes the Node Address to a local address.

    • Force Duplex Mode:

      Sets the duplex mode of the driver.

      0 = auto-negotiate
      1 = half duplex
      2 = full duplex

    • Line Speed: (optional) Sets the line speed to either 10 or 100 Mbps. If you don't use this parameter, the driver automatically detects the network speed.

    Step #6:
    The install program copies the appropriate files to your hard drive. This is the final step.

  3. Be sure to add LASTDRIVE=Z to your CONFIG.SYS file and FIRST NETWORK DRIVE=F in the NET.CFG file under the NetWare DOS Requestor section.

Hints and tips

NET.CFG optional parameters



Where n = 0 auto-negotiate
1 half duplex
2 full duplex

Note: If the adapter is set to half or full duplex, set the SPEED parameter to either 10 or 100. (see SPEED below)

Duplex modes:

    The adapter negotiates with the hub how to send/receive packets, either full or half duplex. If unsuccessful at negotiating the duplex, the adapter defaults to half duplex.

    Full duplex:
    The adapter sends and receives packets at the same time. This improves the performance of your adapter. Set duplex mode to full duplex ONLY if you have a switch that supports full duplex.

    Half duplex:
    The adapter performs one operation at a time. It either sends or receives.


The PRO/100+ adapter has the added ability to "talk" to the hub and determine at which mode to communicate (either full or half duplex). This is called auto-negotiation. You must have an auto-negotiating hub (an Nway switch) to get full duplex support with the FORCEDUPLEX parameter set to 0 (auto-negotiation).


PRO/100+ (100 Mbps full duplex):

FORCEDUPLEX 2 (Sets adapter to full duplex)
SPEED 100 (See SPEED parameter below)

PRO/100+ (10 Mbps full duplex):

FORCEDUPLEX 2 (Sets adapter to full duplex)

Note: Use auto-negotiate for full duplex support only when the adapter is connected to a switch that fully supports Nway auto negotiation specification.

Specifies the speed the driver uses. If you don't use this parameter, the driver automatically detects the network speed. If no cable is attached, the driver defaults to 10 Mbps.

Note: If you don't have a auto-negotiating hub and are forcing the duplex mode, specify the speed to either 10 or 100 using this parameter.

If you use this parameter, the driver operates at the specified speed instead of automatically detecting network speed.

Syntax: SPEED n (n = 10 or 100)
Default: none, the adapter automatically senses speed.

Represents the threshold for transmits from extender SRAM FIFO (output buffer).

Syntax: TXTHRESHOLD n (n = number of 8 bytes). For example, 16 represents 16x8 (or 128 bytes). In this case, the LAN controller transmits after copying 128 bytes from the host memory.

Default: dynamically set

The maximum number that you can specify is 200 (200x8=1600 bytes) which ensures there will not be any underruns.

This parameter determines whether the driver enables early receives. Early receives allows a frame to start being processed before it is completely received in to host memory. It boosts performance.


Where n = 0 disables early receives
1 enables early receives

Default: early receives enabled

This parameter enables or disables interrupt sharing mode of the driver. It has the capability to automatically select the enabled or disabled state depending on system configuration. If the IRQ assigned to the driver is not being shared with another device, then interrupt sharing is disabled. If the IRQ assigned to the driver is being shared, then the interrupt sharing is enabled.

Syntax: IRQMODE n

Where n = 0 automatically selects interrupt sharing mode
1 interrupt sharing is disabled
2 interrupt sharing is enabled

Default: 0 automatically selects

Specifies a local administered address (LAA) unique to each adapter. The node address is a 12-digit hexadecimal number; the second digit must be one of the following digits: 2, 6, A, E.

Syntax: NODE ADDRESS 02aa12345678

02aa => LAA, 02 is set by the driver if not specified.
00a0 => Typical Intel address (default)

Configures the adapter to process the valid NetWare Ethernet frame types.

Syntax: FRAME n

n = Ethernet_802.2

Default: Ethernet_802.2

Indicates the standard protocol in use.

Syntax: Protocol IPX E0 Ethernet_802.2

Values: E0=Ethernet_802.2

NetWare DOS requester

FIRST NETWORK DRIVE: (Used only with the VLM.EXE). Indicates the first network drive available in the client system.

Note: If you use FIRST NETWORK DRIVE, the last line in the CONFIG.SYS file must read: LASTDRIVE=Z

Detailed example

NODE ADDRESS 02xxxxxxxxxx

In addition, the NET.CFG file can contain the following optional information:



This applies to:

Intel® PRO/100 M Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Management Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 VE Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Management Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100B Adapter

Solution ID: CS-008482
Last Modified: 30-Sep-2014
Date Created: 18-Jan-2004
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