PCI/PnP network

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Jay, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. Jay

    Jay Guest

    During bootup, a popup message keeps coming up...PCI
    Ethernet Controller (New Hardware found...). I keep
    going through the steps to install the AMD PCnet-Home
    Based Adapter (this is the one found by my system). I
    point to the directory where I had downloaded and
    unzipped the adapter files from the AMD site, however,
    during the installation it asks for some files missing
    and to insert Win98 CD (which also does not have the
    files). I gave up after trying several times.

    So, I would like to know
    1. How to install the driver (can someone point to the
    site with the correct driver?)
    2. What is the correct path where all the files are on
    the CD?
    3. If I cannot find/install the driver, how to get rid of
    the popup message.
    4. Pardon my ignorance, what all can I do with the
    adapter (if that gets installed)? Is there a guide out
    there (any sites)?

    Jay, Jan 29, 2004
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  2. Jay

    Haggis Guest

    when you unzipped the drivers...were there subfolders?
    eg. win95 ,winnt ,win98.... you may have to point the installer to the
    proper folder (i've run into this with nic's alot)
    Haggis, Jan 29, 2004
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  3. Jay

    Jay Guest

    Yes, there were three subfolder created (ndis3, ndis4,
    and ndis5). So, the tree looked like:
    1 PCnet_HOME
    1.1 drivers
    1.2 ndis
    1.2.1 ndis3
    1.2.2 ndis4
    1.2.3 ndis5

    During installation I pointed to these directories but
    some files are not here, so it asks for Win98 CD, which
    also did not have the files.
    Jay, Jan 29, 2004
  4. Jay

    Haggis Guest

    well for fun i downloaded the driver :>

    it extracts to c:\pcnet_home

    under that there is c:\pcnet_home\win9x\drivers

    i think you downloaded the incorrect file...

    my file = v21win9x.exe
    Haggis, Jan 29, 2004
  5. Jay

    Jay Guest

    Thanks! I have the same file. Sorry, the tree I
    mentioned before had Win9x also. So, when I try to
    install and give the path of c:\pcnet_home\win9x, it
    copies some files, then looks for some more and asks for
    the Win98 CD, where it does not find the files (again the
    path...don't know where it has all the .dlls). I browsed
    and specified different paths, but it did not help. I
    pointed back to c:\pcnet_home\win9x...again no luck. If
    I cancel the installation and reboot, it complains that I
    am missing nwlink.vxd file.
    Jay, Jan 29, 2004
  6. That's why the card keeps installing, because you haven't completed the
    installation. You will either need to get your hands on a Windows 98 CD, or
    if you have the Windows Setup (CAB) files on your hard drive you can tell
    the installer to look there for the 'missing' files. Until you complete the
    installation it will keep running.
    Richard G. Harper, Jan 30, 2004
  7. Jay

    kevin Guest

    First make certain you actually have the AMD net card.
    Just because windows sees it as such doesn't mean it's
    truly that specific card.
    Take it out look at it and know for sure. It is not
    possible for software to identify hardware. Windows will
    guess if it can't find the PnP info properly. By the way,
    windows rarely guesses well.

    kevin, Jan 30, 2004
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