Network card installation : PCI
Before putting in the network card into the PC, I propose to
follow a German saying, which was made by Lenin: "Vertrauen
ist gut, Kontrolle ist besser" (it would be in
English:" it is good to TRUST, but better to CONTROL").
||When buying a network board, make sure, that you can
get updates of
the Network drivers !
I had some bad experience with purchasing a very new model of
It was delivered with a BETA-test version of the Win95
adapter-driver, which did NOT work properly for me, I had to put
the board away for several weeks, before I could download from
the Internet the final release of the driver (Since the
manufacturing life-time of new computer equipment is sometimes
only MONTHS, some manufactures start already shipping the
equipment BEFORE it is fully tested).
In theory, the installation of a PCI network card should be
much easier then the installation of an
ISA card: The PC-BIOS assigned automatically the I/O-address and an Interrupt/IRQ.
check the floppy provided with the card (if any) to verify,
whether and where it contains the required driver for
Search for a directory "Win95" or similar, and locate
the INF-file, containing the Setup-Information. If no floppy disk
is provided, then the driver for this NIC should be included
already with Windows.
Now, we are ready to install the board.
Since it is a PCI-card, Windows 95/98 will detect it on startup
and either will use its own driver (if the card is known)
or will prompt you for the "Manufactures Disk":
where you now need to define the location (directory) for the
To verify, which resources (I/O-address and Interrupt/IRQ) has
been assigned, you can try in the Control-Panel, Network-Applet,
the Properties of the PCI Network card:
but for a PCI-card, the tab: "Resources"
(listing the I/O-address and Interrupt/IRQ)
is usually missing.
For that, use in the "Control-Panel" the System-Applet,
tab: "Device Manager"
(which is also used to check conflicts in
Locate under "Network adapters" your
PCI-network card and check its "Properties"
You can try to Double-Click on a
resource in an attempt to change the values:
But also "un-checking" the "Use
of automatic settings":
will NOT allow you to manually define a configuration value.
Check in the "Control-Panel" "System-Applet
under tab: "Device Manager" in the Properties
of the "Computer", that the Interrupt is not
used by multiple devices:
If another device is using already the Interrupt, try to move the
other device to a different Interrupt or check in your BIOS: most
BIOS version allow either to assign an IRQ to a specific PCI-slot
or allow to reserve specific IRQs NOT to be used by a PCI-device.
However, there is an exception under Windows95
OSR2.0/2.1 and Windows98:
Steering to share Interrupts between PCI-devices
It has been suggested, that a lot of problems with Networking in
Windows98 are due to inproper support for IRQ-sharing, and disabling PCI-sharing would solve