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Fast EtherLink

 

®

 

 XL 

PCI 10/100BASE-TX 

Network Interface Card 

Quick Guide

 

Member of the 3Com Fast EtherLink XL family 

of network interface cards

 

Part No. 09-1364-001
Published October 1998

 

 

Contains

Windows 98 

Installation

Instructions

 

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3Com Corporation  

 

 

  5400 Bayfront Plaza  

 

 

  Santa Clara, California  

 

 

  95052-8145

 

Copyright © 1998, 3Com Corporation. All rights reserved. No part of this documentation may be 
reproduced in any form or by any means or used to make any derivative work (such as translation, 
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and/or the program(s) described in this documentation at any time.

 

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About This Guide

 

1

 

About This Guide

 

This quick guide describes how to install the 3C905B-TX 
NIC in your PC, connect it to the network, and install the 
network driver for Windows 95, Windows 98, and 
Windows NT 4.0. 

 

This guide contains important information regarding the 
Windows 98 installation. If you are installing the NIC in a 
PC running Windows 98, carefully review the Windows 98 
driver installation section before installing the driver.

 

For detailed information about this NIC, see the 

 

Fast EtherLink XL PCI 10/100BASE-TX Network Interface 
Card User Guide. 

 

Introduction

 

The 3Com

 

®

 

 Fast EtherLink

 

®

 

 XL (3C905B-TX) network 

interface card (NIC) (Figure 1) connects your PC or server 
to a Fast Ethernet or Ethernet network. 

 

Figure 1   

 

3C905B-TX NIC

 

There are two types of 3C905B-TX NICs: the 3C905B-TX NIC 
and the 3C905B-TX-NM NIC.

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The 3Com Remote Wake-Up NIC (3C905B-TX), shown 
in Figure 1, operates as a Wake-Up NIC only in PCs 
with a Remote Wake-Up connector attached to the PC 
motherboard. This NIC provides a network connection with 
or without the Remote Wake-Up connector installed.

The 3C905B-TX-NM NIC does not have the Remote Wake-Up 
connector or functionality.

Unless specifically indicated, the name 3C905B-TX is used 
throughout this guide to refer to both NICs.

 

Installing the 3C905B-TX NIC

 

Your PC or server must have:

 

 

An 80386, 80486, Pentium, or Alpha processor 

 

 

An available bus mastering PCI slot

 

 

A minimum of 640K of memory

 

 

EtherDisk

 

 diskettes that shipped with the NIC

Make sure that you are running the latest BIOS for your 
PC or server even if your PC is new. Contact your PC 
manufacturer for more information.

 

CAUTION: 

 

Before handling the NIC, touch the unpainted 

part of the metal chassis of your PC. Maintain grounding 
by wearing a wrist strap attached to the chassis. Handle 
the NIC by its backplate and top edge. Do not touch the 
edge connector.

 

Follow these steps to install the 3C905B-TX NIC:

 

1 Open the shipping container and inspect each item 

for damage.

2 Remove all jewelry from your hands and wrists. 

Use only insulated or nonconducting tools.

3 Unplug the PC and disconnect all cables from the PC. 

4 Remove the PC cover.

5 Choose an empty bus mastering PCI slot.

 

A sample PCI slot is shown in Figure 2. If you do not know 
how to identify a PCI slot, check your PC documentation or 
ask your system administrator. 

 

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Installing the 3C905B-TX NIC

 

3

 

In most PCs, slot 1 and 2 are bus mastering slots. Use slot 1 
if possible with the 3C905B-TX NIC. If you have a video PCI 
card, install it in the last slot (the one farthest from slot 1).

 

6 Unscrew the screw holding the PCI slot’s backplate 

and remove it.

7 Insert the 3C905B-TX NIC into an empty PCI slot, 

shown in Figure 2.

 

Make sure that the NIC is firmly seated in the slot.

 

Figure 2   

 

Inserting the NIC

 

8 Secure the NIC with the screw you removed earlier. 

 

To install the Remote Wake-Up connector, see the 
user guide.

 

9 Replace the PC cover and reconnect all previously 

connected cables.

10 Turn on the power to the PC.

11 Proceed to the next section, “Connecting to the 

Network.”

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Connecting to the Network

 

You must connect the NIC to the network before installing 
the network driver. To connect the 3C905B-TX NIC to the 
network cable, follow these steps:

 

1 Connect the network cable to the RJ-45 port on the 

3C905B-TX NIC, as shown in Figure 3.

 

Figure 3   

 

Connecting the Network Cable to the RJ-45 Port

 

2 Connect the other end of the network cable to a 

10BASE-T or a 100BASE-TX network hub or switch.

 

If the appropriate LNK LED does not light, there is no 
connection between the NIC and the network. Go to 
Chapter 4 in the user guide for troubleshooting information.

The next step is to load the network driver that allows your 
PC or server to connect to the network. Go to the 
appropriate section to install the network driver.

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Windows 95

 

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Windows 95

 

This section describes how to install the network driver 
when your PC is running Windows 95. 

You need the Windows 95 system installation files to 
complete the installation. If Windows 95 is not installed, or 
if you are replacing an installed NIC, see the user guide for 
more information. 

To install the network driver in a PC running Windows 95:

 

1 Make sure that the NIC is installed and is connected 

to the network, as described earlier.

2 Restart the PC.

 

Windows 95 automatically detects the NIC in the PC.

 

3 Select 

 

Driver from disk provided by the hardware 

manufacturer

 

 and click 

 

OK

 

.

4 Insert 

 

EtherDisk 

 

diskette

 

 

 

2 in your drive, and if the 

diskette is in drive A, click 

 

OK

 

.

 

Otherwise, supply the correct drive letter and then click 

 

OK

 

.

Once the 3Com installation files are read, Windows 95 
prompts you for the Windows 95 network installation files.

 

5 Enter the location of the Windows 95 files (CAB files), 

and click 

 

OK

 

.

 

If Windows prompts you to reboot, click 

 

Yes

 

. The driver 

installation is complete.

 

Confirming Installation

 

To confirm that the 3C905B-TX NIC is properly installed in a 
PC running Windows 95:

 

1 Double-click the My Computer icon.

2 Double-click the Control Panel

 

 

 

icon.

3 Double-click the System icon.

 

The System Properties box appears.

 

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4 Click the Device Manager

 

 

 

tab.

 

A list of devices appears, arranged by type. 

 

5 Double-click 

 

Network Adapters

 

.

 

The name of the installed 3C905B-TX NIC appears:

 

3Com Fast EtherLink XL Adapter (3C905B)

 

If this name does not appear or if a yellow exclamation 
point appears next to it, see Chapter 4 in the user guide.

 

Windows 98

 

To install the network driver in a PC running Windows 98, 
insert 

 

EtherDisk

 

 diskette 2 when the Add New Hardware 

Wizard starts and prompts you for a diskette or CD.

 

Do not insert 

 

EtherDisk

 

 diskette 1 because the installation 

will be unsuccessful.

 

Continue with the installation by following the prompts on 
the screen. 

 

Confirming Installation

 

To confirm that the network driver was successfully 
installed in a PC running Windows 98:

 

1 Open the Windows 

 

Start

 

 menu, select 

 

Settings

 

, and 

then select 

 

Control Panel

 

.

2 Double-click the System icon, and then select the 

Device Manager tab.

3 Double-click 

 

Network adapters

 

 and make sure that the 

name of the Fast EtherLink XL NIC appears.

 

If a red X appears next to the name of the NIC, the 
installation was not successful. If this occurs, verify that 
the NIC is not disabled by following these steps:

 

a

 

Double-click the name of the NIC.

 

b

 

Select the General tab.

 

c

 

Make sure that 

 

Disable in this hardware profile

 

 is 

not selected.

 

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Windows NT 4.0

 

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If the NIC is not disabled and a red X still appears next to the 
name of the NIC, update the driver by following these steps:

 

a

 

Double-click the name of the NIC.

 

b

 

Select the Driver tab, and then click the 

 

Update Driver

 

 

button. 

 

c

 

Insert 

 

EtherDisk

 

 diskette 2 when prompted for a disk.

Continue with the installation by following the prompts 
on the screen.

 

If a yellow exclamation point (!) appears next to the name 
of the NIC, the installation is not complete. See the 
user guide for troubleshooting help.

 

Upgrading from Windows 95 to Windows 98

 

If you are upgrading a PC from Windows 95 to Windows 98 
that already has a Fast EtherLink XL (3C905B-TX) NIC 
installed, you may have to update the driver in the 
Device Manager using 

 

EtherDisk

 

 diskette 2.

Follow the instructions in the previous section, “Confirming 
Installation,” to determine if you have to update the driver.

 

Windows NT 4.0

 

This section describes how to install the network driver 
in a PC running Windows NT version 4.0. Before you 
begin, obtain the 

 

EtherDisk 

 

diskette 2 and Windows NT 

installation files. If Windows NT networking is not installed 
or if you are replacing an installed NIC, see the user guide 
for more information. 

To install the network driver in a PC running Windows NT 
version 4.0:

 

1 Make sure that the NIC is installed and is connected 

to the network, as described earlier.

2 Restart the PC and start Windows NT.

3 In the Control Panel, double-click 

 

Network

 

.

4 In the Network window, select the Adapter tab

 

.

 

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5 Click 

 

Add Adapter

 

.

6 In the Select Network Adapter window, select 

 

Have Disk

 

.

7 Insert 

 

EtherDisk 

 

diskette

 

 

 

2 in drive A, and in the 

Insert Disk window, click 

 

OK

 

.

8 In the Select OEM Option box, select 

3Com Fast EtherLink Adapter (3C905B)

9 Click OK

10 Select the Protocol tab.

11 Select the appropriate protocol for your network.

12 In the Network Settings window, click Close.

If you are prompted for network information, enter 
the information supplied by your MIS department.

Windows NT prompts you to reboot.

13 Click Yes to restart your PC. 

The driver installation is complete. 

Confirming Installation

To confirm that the 3C905B-TX NIC is properly installed in a 
PC running Windows NT version 4.0:

1 Double-click the Network icon in the Control Panel.

2 Click the Adapters tab.

3Com Fast EtherLink XL Adapter should appear in the list. 
If it does not appear, see Chapter 4 in the user guide for 
troubleshooting information.

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