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3C905C-TX and 3C905C-TX-M 
EtherLink 10/100 PCI NICs for 
Complete PC Management

 

Part No. 09-1487-000 OEM
Published March 1999

 

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3Com Corporation  

 

 

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Copyright © 1999, 3Com Corporation. All rights reserved. No part of this documentation may be 
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Introduction

 

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Introduction

 

This quick guide explains how to install a 3Com

 

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EtherLink

 

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 10/100 PCI for Complete PC Management 

(3C905C) network interface card (NIC) in a PC running 
Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows 98.

For all other operating systems, or for more detailed 
information on the 3C905C NIC, see the 

 

EtherLink 10/100 PCI 

for Complete PC Management Network Interface Card 
User Guide

 

.

 

Installation Overview

 

Before you physically install the NIC in a PC, you 
must run the NIC preinstallation program, located on 

 

EtherDisk

 

®

 

 diskette 1, to prevent conflicts with the NIC.

 

CAUTION: 

 

If you do not run the preinstallation program, 

the NIC driver and software will not be installed correctly. 
See “Running the Preinstallation Program” later in this 
quick guide for instructions.

 

Make sure that you have the following items:

 

 

3C905C NIC

 

 

3Com 

 

EtherDisk 

 

diskettes 1, 2, and 3

 

 

Remote Wake-Up cable (This cable is optional. Install 
it only if you want to use Remote Wake-Up and your 
PC is not compliant with PCI 2.2. Contact your PC 
manufacturer for the Remote Wake-Up cable.)

 

 

SOS or SMBus cable (This cable is optional. Install it only if 
you want to use remote system alerts and your PC has a 
matching connector on its motherboard. Contact your PC 
manufacturer for cabling and installation instructions.)

 

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Installing Multiple NICs

 

If you are installing multiple 3C905C NICs in a PC or server, 
follow the instructions in “Installing Multiple NICs” in 
Chapter 3 of the user guide. Do 

 

not

 

 follow the instructions 

in this quick guide.

 

Upgrading Windows 95 to Windows 98

 

If you are upgrading a PC from Windows 95 to 
Windows 98 that already has a 3C90x NIC installed, 
follow the instructions in the WIN98.TXT file located 
in the HELP directory on 

 

EtherDisk 

 

diskette 3.

 

Updating 

 

EtherDisk

 

 Software

 

If you want to update your current version of 

 

EtherDisk 

 

software

 

 

 

to

 

 EtherDisk

 

 5.x software, follow the instructions 

in the text file appropriate for your operating system in the 
HELP directory on 

 

EtherDisk 

 

diskette 3.

 

Running the Preinstallation Program

 

Before you physically install the NIC in a PC, you must run 
the following preinstallation program to properly set up 
your system environment.

 

CAUTION: 

 

If you do not perform this procedure, the NIC 

driver and software will not be installed correctly.

 

To run the NIC preinstallation program:

 

1 Do not install the NIC in the PC.

2 Turn on the power to the PC and start Windows.

3 Insert 

 

EtherDisk

 

 diskette 1 in drive A.

4 From the Windows 

 

Start

 

 menu, select 

 

Run

 

.

5 Run the preinstallation program. Enter:

 

a:\preinstl

 

6 After the preinstallation program finishes, turn off 

the power to the PC.

 

The next step is to install the NIC in the PC.

 

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Installing the NIC

 

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Installing the NIC

 

To install the NIC in the PC:

 

1 Make sure that you have run the preinstallation 

program, as described in the previous section.

 

CAUTION:

 

 Before handling the NIC, touch the bare metal 

case of your PC to discharge static electricity from your 
body. While you are handling the NIC, wear a wrist strap 
grounded to the PC chassis.

 

2 Remove all jewelry from your hands and wrists. Use 

only insulated or nonconducting tools.

3 Make sure that the power to the PC is turned off and 

that the power cord is unplugged. 

4 Remove the cover from the PC.

5 Locate an empty, nonshared bus mastering PCI slot 

and remove the corresponding slot cover. Save 
the screw.

 

Do not install the NIC in a 

 

shared

 

 PCI slot. Avoid any 

PCI slot next to an ISA slot. This is often a shared slot 
and does not support bus mastering. 

If you do not know how to identify a PCI slot, check your 
PC documentation or ask your system administrator. 

 

If you are planning to install the Remote Wake-Up cable or 
a cable for the SOS or SMBus connector, choose an empty 
PCI slot that is close to the matching connector on the 
PC motherboard.

 

6 Carefully insert the NIC into the empty PCI slot (see 

Figure 1). Press firmly to ensure that the NIC is fully 
seated in the slot.

 

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Figure 1   

 

Installing the NIC

 

7 Secure the NIC with the screw you removed in step 5. 

 

If you want to connect the Remote Wake-Up cable, see 
“Connecting the Remote Wake-Up Cable” in Chapter 2 
of the user guide to continue the installation. 

If you want to connect a cable from the SOS or 
SMBus connector, see your PC documentation 
or contact your PC manufacturer for instructions.

If you do not want to connect a cable, continue 
with step 8.

 

8 Replace the PC cover and plug in the power cord.

 

Do not turn on the power to the PC.

1  Remove slot cover

2  Insert NIC

PCI slots

Remote Wake-Up
(RWU) connector

SOS pin connector

System Management
Bus (SMB) connector

 

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Installing the Driver and Software

 

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9 Connect the appropriate network cable to the RJ-45 

port on the NIC, following the specifications in the 
table below.

 

The next step is to install the NIC driver and software.

 

Installing the Driver and Software

 

This section describes how to install the NIC driver and 
software on a PC running Windows 95 or Windows 98. 
For other operating systems, see the user guide.

 

Windows 95

 

To install the NIC driver and software under Windows 95, 
you need the Windows 95 installation files. These files 
may be on a CD or diskettes, or they may have been copied 
to your hard drive when Windows 95 was installed on 
your PC.

 

If you encounter problems during the installation, see 
the W95NDIS.TXT file located in the HELP directory on 

 

EtherDisk

 

 diskette 3 for troubleshooting tips.

 

Before installing the NIC driver and software:

 

 

Make sure that you have run the preinstallation 
program, as described earlier in this guide.

 

 

Make sure that the NIC is installed in the PC and 
that it is connected to the network.

To install the NIC driver and software on a PC running 
Windows 95:

 

1 Turn on the power to the PC.

 

Windows 95 detects the NIC. Depending on the version of 
Windows 95 that you have installed, the New Hardware 
Found dialog box appears or the Update Device Driver 
Wizard starts.

 

Network 
Environment

Cable Required

Maximum 
Cable Length

 

10 Mbps 
(10BASE-T)

Category 3, 4, or 5 
unshielded twisted-pair 

100 m (328 ft)

100 Mbps
(100BASE-TX)

Category 5 unshielded 
twisted-pair

100 m (328 ft)

 

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If the New Hardware Found dialog box appears:

a

 

Select 

 

Driver from disk provided by hardware 

manufacture

 

r, and then click OK.

Insert EtherDisk diskette 1 in drive A, make sure that 

A:\ appears in the entry box, and then click OK.

Go to step 2 when prompted for EtherDisk diskette 2.

If the Update Device Driver Wizard starts:

Insert EtherDisk diskette 1 in drive A, and then 

click Next.

Windows finds the driver and asks if you want to 
use this driver. 

Click Finish, and then click OK when prompted for 

EtherDisk diskette 1.

Go to step 2 when prompted for EtherDisk diskette 2.

2 Remove EtherDisk diskette 1 from drive A, insert 

EtherDisk diskette 2, and then click OK.

Files are copied.

If this is the first time that networking is being installed 
on your PC, the Identification tab of the Network screen 
appears. Go to step 3.

If networking has already been installed, you are 
prompted for the Windows 95 CD. Go to step 4.

3 In the specified fields of the Identification tab screen, 

enter the following information, and then click OK:

Computer Name — Identifies the PC on the network 
for other users. This entry must be a unique name of 
15 characters or fewer, containing no spaces.

Workgroup — Identifies the group (for example, your 
department name) to which your PC belongs. If you 
belong to a peer-to-peer network, this entry must be 
exactly the same for all the PCs in your network.

Computer Description — Displays additional details to 
other users on the network about this PC. For example, 
you could specify that the PC has a printer attached. 
Filling in this field is optional.

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Installing the Driver and Software

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4 Insert the Windows 95 CD or diskette, and then click OK

If you do not have the Windows 95 CD or diskette, but the 
Windows 95 installation files are on your hard drive, click 
OK. Enter the directory in the Copy Files From entry box 
(usually C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS)
, and then click OK.

Files are copied. You are prompted for EtherDisk diskette 2.

5 Make sure that EtherDisk diskette 2 is in drive A, and 

then click OK.

Files are copied. You are prompted to restart the PC.

6 Remove EtherDisk diskette 2 from drive A, and then 

click Yes to restart the PC.

You must restart the PC to complete the installation.

The installation is complete. Go to “Verifying Successful 
Installation” later in this guide to confirm that the NIC is 
properly installed.

After Windows restarts, double-click the Network icon 
in the Windows Control Panel and make sure that the 
configuration settings are properly configured for your 
network environment. Contact your system administrator 
for assistance.

Windows 98

To install the NIC driver and software under Windows 98, 
you need the Windows 98 installation files. These files 
may be on a CD or diskettes, or they may have been copied 
to your hard drive when Windows 98 was installed on 
your PC.

If you encounter problems during the installation, see 
the WIN98.TXT file located in the HELP directory on 
EtherDisk diskette 3 for troubleshooting tips.

Before installing the NIC driver and software:

Make sure that you have run the preinstallation 
program, as described earlier in this guide.

Make sure that the NIC is installed in the PC and 
that it is connected to the network.

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To install the NIC driver and software on a PC running 
Windows 98:

1 Turn on the power to the PC.

Windows 98 detects the NIC. The Add New Hardware 
Wizard starts.

2 Insert EtherDisk diskette 1 in drive A, and then 

click Next.

3 Select Search for the best driver for your device 

(Recommended), and then click Next.

4 Select Floppy disk drives, and then click Next.

Windows finds the driver file for the device.

5 Click Next.

If the Insert Disk dialog box appears, prompting you to 
insert EtherDisk diskette 1, click OK.

Files are copied. You are prompted for EtherDisk diskette 2.

6 Remove EtherDisk diskette 1 from drive A, insert 

EtherDisk diskette 2, and then click OK.

Files are copied. You are prompted for the Windows 98 CD.

7 Insert the Windows 98 CD or diskette, and then 

click OK

If you do not have the Windows 98 CD or diskette, but the 
Windows 98 installation files are on your hard drive, click 
OK. Enter the directory in the Copy Files From entry box 
(usually C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS)
, and then click OK.

Files are copied. You are prompted for EtherDisk diskette 2.

8 Make sure that EtherDisk diskette 2 is in drive A, and 

then click OK.

Files are copied.

9 Click Finish.

You are prompted to restart the PC.

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Verifying Successful Installation

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10 Remove EtherDisk diskette 2 from drive A, and then 

click Yes to restart the PC.

You must restart the PC to complete the installation.

The installation is complete. Go to the next section, 
“Verifying Successful Installation,” to confirm that the 
NIC is properly installed.

After Windows restarts, double-click the Network icon 
in the Windows Control Panel and make sure that the 
configuration settings are properly configured for your 
network environment. Contact your system administrator 
for assistance.

Verifying Successful Installation

To verify that the NIC and its software are properly installed 
on a PC running Windows 95 or Windows 98:

1 Open the Windows Start menu, select Settings, and 

then select Control Panel.

2 Double-click the System icon.

3 Select the Device Manager tab.

4 Double-click Network adapters and make sure that 

the name of the NIC appears.

If a red X or a yellow exclamation point (!) appears next to 
the name of the NIC, the installation was not successful. 
See “Troubleshooting the Installation” and “Frequently 
Asked Questions” in Chapter 5 of the user guide for 
troubleshooting help.

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