Windows 2000 Network Card Installation
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 Intel does not anymore support the "EtherExpress
16 ISA" and therefore also Windows2000 does
support the "INTEL EtherExpress 16"
ISA network card), then you should just verify the proper
installation of the
But some older non-Plug&Play
ISA network adapter will not get detected by Windows2000
automatically, you will need to install the network driver
While under Windows NT4 and
Windows95/98, it is possible to add a network adapter from within
the Network configuration, Windows2000 allows (like Windows ME ) to add any new hardware
component only via the "Control Panel"
using "Add / Remove Hardware"
||You will need to use the
Wizard (sorry, no shortcuts)
||Select to Add a device
||Windows2000 will search
for new "Plug and Play"
but will not find a NON- Play&Play
||Since we like to add a new
network card driver, select
"Add a new device"
||You can try to let Windows2000
search for the new hardware,
which can take several minutes.
It did not work for me, it did NOT
find my old NON Plug & Play ISA
card, so I had to select, that
"I want to select the hardware
from a list"
||Select the type of hardware:
||Select first the
then the model of the
(I am using here a 3COM 3C509 ISA
in NON-Plug&Play mode, which is
refered to as "Legacy mode"
||Windows2000 was not able to
detect the settings of the network card
(I/O-address and INT/IRQ)
||You will need to provide the
settings, by either looking at the
jumpers on the network
or by using the software
floppy disk of the network card
and use "Change Setting"
the "Input/Output Range"
If you did not yet defined the
Settings, you can do it now (or
verify them) by selecting "Resources"
||The installation of a new network
card driver is one of the new items,
which requires a reboot
After the restart, you have a new
You can rename the connection, but you should check the "Properties"
= Network setup, as
you should do also in case of using a PCI-network card, which
Windows2000 would have
detected automatically. In most the cases, you will use the
TCP/IP protocol and you should verify
Then you are ready to look at the equivalent of the Win95/98/NT4
now called "My
Network Places" / "Computers Near Me".