Windows 2000 Network Verification

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 29 Jan. 2000 / Last Updated on 29 Jan. 2000]

Due to its Plug-and-Play capability, Windows 2000 should detect your network card and
install the proper drivers (which worked fine on my system with my Realteak card, but first I had to learn
that INTELl does not anymore support the "EtherExpress 16 ISA" and therefore also Windows2000 does NOT
support the "INTEL EtherExpress 16" ISA network card), some older non-Plug&Play ISA network card
may not be detected automatically and need to be installed manually

Even if Windows 2000 takes care about the installation of the network card, I strongly suggest
to verify the network configuration:

First check:
The Device-Manager
right-click on the NIC and
select "Properties"
tab: General
The "Device Status" should show:
"This device is working properly"

If there is any error-message,
fix that first using Trouble-Shooting.
tab: Advanced

My Realtec8029 is a combo-card
with both a BNC (Coax)-10base2
and a TP (RJ45)-10baseT connector.
I need to configure the type of the
network cabling (for me: still BNC)
Tab: Resources

For a PCI-card, the resources
( I/O-address and IRQ) are
defined by the system, usually
nothing to worry about and no
need to change anything.

Talking about Resources: Since a modern Multi-Media PC requires a lot of Resources,
especially the Interrupts , Microsoft introduced on the later Windows95 versions and
then on Windows98 the Interrupt-Sharing of PCI-devices.
NT4 was NOT able to share Interrupts, but Windows 2000 also supports the
Interrupt-Sharing of PCI-devices ( as listed under "Computer Management"):

Second Check:
Properties of your
"My Network Places"
Since you have a network
card installed, there is the
icon for :
"Local Area Connection".
Right-click to ask for
the Properties.

By default, Windows2000
has installed:
- Network Client
- File and Printer Sgaring
- TCP/IP-protocol

If a different network
component is required,
select the button "Install", which will
display the screen"
"Select Network
Component Type
then the type of network
component, usually
the "Protocol"
Although TCP/IP is
quickly becoming the
standard protocol in
most networks, the
system still supports the
use of IPX/SPX and
NetBEUI protocol
Talking about IPX/SPX
( which is still the default
protocol for Novell
Netware 3.x and 4.x servers):
Windows 2000 includes
a Client for Netware.

If you decide to use the TCP/IP protocol, you should verify now the TCP/IP configuration.
Then you are ready to look at the equivalent of the Win95/98/NT4 Network-Neighborhood,
now called "My Network Places" / "Computers Near Me".

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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.


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