NE2000-Compatible Ethernet

Release date: 
Monday, 1 January, 1996




Authors/Port authors:

National Semiconductor NE2000-Compatible NDIS 2.0.1 network driver.

This software is distributed as compressed package. You have to download and manually install it; if prerequisites are required, you will have to manually install them too.

Following ones are the download links for manual installation:

NE2000-Compatible Ethernet v. 2.4 (1/1/1996, Timothy F. Sipples) Readme/What's new
Supplemental Network Driver Diskette for OS/2 Warp Connect and Warp Server ------------------------------------- Compiled by Timothy F. Sipples Inspired by Lee Gordon Revised February 28, 1996 (Version 1.0) Quick Start ----------- 1. Obtain a blank, formatted diskette and label it "Supplemental Network Driver Diskette for OS/2 Warp Connect and Warp Server." 2. Copy the files in this package to the diskette. 3. Install OS/2 Warp Connect or Warp Server. 4. When prompted for the type of network adapter installed, insert the Supplemental Driver Diskette you have created in Drive A and click on the "Other Adapters" button. Proceed to install the driver of your choice from the diskette. 5. Click on the Settings button and verify that the base I/O port address, interrupt (IRQ), and other settings match those used by your network adapter. If not, make changes as necessary to either your adapter's own configuration or to OS/2 Warp Connect/Warp Server Settings for the network adapter. Press F1 if you need help in setting values. Detailed Information -------------------- This Supplemental Driver Diskette has not been extensively tested and is provided "as-is." It is based on freely and publicly available device drivers for classic ethernet adapters. The following ethernet adapters are supported: 3Com 3C501 EtherLink Source: ( Novell NE1000 Compatibles Source: ( Novell NE2000 Compatibles Source: ( and ( Two versions of the Novell NE2000 driver are provided. The National Semi- conductor version is recommended. This Supplemental Driver Diskette replaces both NE2000WC.ZIP and NS2000WC.ZIP (previous NE2000 driver packages for OS/2 Warp Connect). Most network adapters require resources from your PC. Hardware devices in your PC must not try to use the same resources. There are three types of resources you must check: I/O Port Base Address, Interrupt (IRQ) Level, and DMA Channel (3C501 driver only). Your network adapter may use jumpers or switches (on the card itself) or a software program (which should be run after starting plain DOS from a diskette) to set these resources. Determine what resources your network adapter is using and record them here: I/O Port Base Address: __________________ (Example: 340) Interrupt (IRQ) Level: __________________ (Example: 5) DMA Channel (if any) : __________________ (Example: 3) If your adapter is configured using a software program, and it has a setting called Plug and Play, turn Plug and Play off. Inside OS/2 Warp Connect or OS/2 Warp Server you can determine what resources other devices are using. At an OS/2 Warp command line prompt type: RMVIEW /IRQ to get a list of Interrupt (IRQ) Levels (and the devices using them); type: RMVIEW /IO to get a list of I/O Port Base Addresses in use, and type: RMVIEW /DMA to get a list of DMA Channels in use. You can use this valuable infor- mation to determine what resources are unoccupied (and set your network adapter and the driver settings accordingly). Sample Installation ------------------- If you decide not to use the Quick Start method (above), here is an example of how to install a network adapter driver (in this case the National Semiconductor NE2000 driver) after you have installed OS/2 Warp Connect or OS/2 Warp Server. (You can install OS/2 Warp Connect and OS/2 Warp Server with the parallel port driver.) 1. If you have installed LAN Distance client software, use the shuttle feature to switch from Remote to LAN mode if necessary. You can do so by running LDSHUTTL. Shutdown and reboot after shuttling. CAUTION: These supplemental drivers are not likely to work if OS/2 Warp Server's Remote Access Services are installed. 2. Run MPTS. You can do so by double-clicking on the MPTS program (called Adapter and Protocol Support in OS/2 Warp Server) or by typing MPTS at an OS/2 Warp command line prompt. 3. Insert the Supplemental Driver Diskette (a diskette containing the files in this package) in Drive A. 4. If the IBM MPTS logo appears, click on OK. 5. Click on the Install button. 6. A window will appear with a Source value. Source should be set to A:. (If not, clear the value and type A:). Click on OK. You should see several messages indicating that the supplemental drivers have been added to your PC. Click on OK for each. 7. Click on the Configure button. 8. Make sure "LAN adapters and protocols" is selected and then click on the Configure button. 9. In the list at the bottom of the window you should see the parallel port driver followed by one or more network protocols (such as "IBM OS/2 NETBIOS"). Write down the names of each of these protocols listed under this driver. 10. Select each one of these protocols with the mouse and click on the Remove button. Repeat until all protocols have been removed and only the old driver is listed. 11. After removing the protocols select the parallel port driver and click on Remove. The list at the bottom should now be completely empty (or list any network adapters and protocols you wish to keep). 12. Scroll through the list of network adapters in the upper left part of the window. Select your network adapter from the list and click on the Add button. Your network adapter should be added to the list in the bottom part of the window. 13. From the list of protocols in the upper right, select those that were listed under the driver you removed and which you recorded in step 9. Add these protocols, one by one, by clicking on the Add button below the protocol list. 14. Highlight your network adapter (in the list at the bottom) and click on the Edit button to change any settings, as required. 15. If you wish, highlight any of the protocols which will be used with your network driver in the same list, and click on Edit to change any protocol settings. For example, you may wish to enter your network adapter address (with an "I" in front for ethernet or "T" in front for Token-Ring) for the IBM NetWare Requester Support protocol. You can determine your network adapter's address by viewing the LANTRAN.LOG file (located in the \IBMCOM directory) after shutting down and rebooting. 16. Click on OK, then Close, then Exit, and allow MPTS to make any changes necessary to your CONFIG.SYS file. Shutdown and reboot for changes to take effect. Technical Notes --------------- OS/2 Warp Connect includes a driver for the Eagle NE2000plus network adapter, one of the most popular adapters in the NE2000 family (and certified by Novell). Unfortunately many NE2000 adapters are not quite compatible with the Eagle. Lee Gordon's comments follow, with revisions: "There are many different NE2000 clones on the market. When they work, they work well. And they can be bought for as little as $25 each! This package may help you install them (or at least some of them). "1. Get the NE2000 to work in your computer. "a. NE2000s use 32 I/O addresses, usually set to initially occupy 300-31F. These addresses often conflict with other devices in your system. Also, if your NE2000 requires software setup and you have another device that uses memory addresses in that range (300 or 310), your NE2000's setup program may not be able to find the NE2000. Find out which addresses your other devices use and remove conflicting adapters, at least during configuration. Find an address that does not conflict with the other devices or change the addresses your other devices use. "b. In general, addresses 340-35F seem to work well and avoid conflicts, but pay attention to section (a). "c. Pay equally close attention to interrupt (IRQ) conflicts. IRQ 10 or 11 seems to be a good choice generally. "d. If your NE2000 requires software setup (rather than using switches or jumpers on the adapter itself), start plain DOS from a diskette before you run the setup program. "e. When choosing NE2000 compatible adapters, look for one that has a diagnostic test for data transfer with another computer (usually equipped with the same brand adapter). Connect your NE2000 to another computer with a two meter ethernet cable and make sure they can talk to one another. If you removed adapters to set up the NE2000, put them back in the system and retest to make sure the NE2000 still works. Watch out -- some NE2000 adapters come without any software at all! "f. NE2000 diagnostic programs include several different loopback tests. Good adapters have been known to fail the loopback tests. "2. If OS/2 Warp or OS/2 Warp Connect fails to find your NE2000 adapter, halts or crashes can occur. (OS/2 Warp Connect should be able to properly detect most NE2000 compatible adapters, but exceptions remain because of the wide variety of designs.) To explicitly inform OS/2 Warp that your NE2000 is installed, add the following line to CONFIG.SYS: BASEDEV=RESERVE.SYS /IO:340,32 where 340 is the base port I/O address used by your NE2000. If you have configured your NE2000 to use a different base address, change this line accordingly. This line tells OS/2 Warp to reserve 32 port I/O addresses starting at 340 (hex)." Although not tested, you may be able to use one of the NE2000 drivers in this package with PCMCIA (PC Card) ethernet adapters that are compatible with the NE2000. While you will not be able to insert or remove the PC Card adapter while OS/2 Warp Connect or OS/2 Warp Server is running, you may still be able to get access to the network. Naturally you should use any OS/2 Warp network driver supplied by the manufacturer of your PC Card ethernet device. Many vendors (including IBM, 3Com, and Xircom) manufacture PC Card network adapters with high quality OS/2 Warp drivers. However, if you cannot locate a proper driver, and if your ethernet adapter is compatible with the NE2000, try the following: 1. Install and configure the NE2000 driver (National Semiconductor recommended) as you would for a desktop PC with the instructions above. Also verify that OS/2 Warp has access to the PC Card slots in your computer (by using the Plug and Play for PCMCIA program in your System Setup folder). If not, use Selective Install (or the instructions that came with your computer) to install PCMCIA support for OS/2 Warp for your particular model. 2. Edit the OS/2 Warp CONFIG.SYS file and locate a line which looks like the following: BASEDEV=IBM2SS01.SYS IBM2SS01.SYS is the PC Card socket services driver for IBM ThinkPads. Your notebook computer may use a different driver, but it will likely contain "SS" in its name. If you are not sure which line refers to your socket services driver, simply put REM in front: REM BASEDEV=IBM2SS01.SYS reboot, then use the Plug and Play program to determine whether the PC Card slots are no longer available. If so, you have located the correct line in your CONFIG.SYS file. Edit CONFIG.SYS and remove the REM in front. 3. If your PC Card ethernet adapter is in slot 1, then add /IG0=1 to the end of the line: BASEDEV=IBM2SS01.SYS /IG0=1 (If slot 2 use /IG0=2 instead.) Shutdown and reboot. Your networking software MAY now operate correctly. Direct technical support is not available for this driver package, but discussion of OS/2 Warp Connect (and this driver package) takes place in the comp.os.os2.networking.misc newsgroup on the Internet. You may reach Timothy Sipples at but a reply cannot be promised. Make sure that any future network adapter purchases you make include a driver under one of the following names: "OS/2 2.x NDIS Driver" "IBM LAN Server 4 Driver" "OS/2 Warp Driver" "OS/2 Warp Connect Driver" "OS/2 Warp Server Driver" "Lotus Notes (OS/2 2.x) Driver" You can ask for opinions and recommendations on network adapters in the same comp.os.os2.networking.misc newsgroup.  local copy
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