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Novell Netware and Bootup Sequence

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I currently have a computer on Novell Netware running
Windows 95 that loads up okay up to a point and then I get the following error message:
"MS Workgroups ODI/NDIS3 Mapper Version 2.0
Error:  Not Bound to any Boards.
ODI/NDIS3 Mapper:  Initialization Failure"

What does this error mean and how do I go about solving it?
Someone previously suggested that the active desktop in IE4
had an interrupt factor in this process...??


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This was the old network shim for wfw 311 windows 95 uses a different network layer and it loads from the autoexec.bat file, edit this file and remove the entry that reads
c:\windows\odihlp.exe    and see what happens.
You will need to reboot for changes to take place.

Good luck
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by:909233
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what exactly is odihlp.exe and how does it fit within this setting?
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by:wayneb
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You upgraded to windows 95 from windows for workgroups, this file is the windows 3.11 network helper, it is a real mode driver that was loaded from your autoexec.bat with specific order
lsl
ne2000
ipxodi
odihlp
netx
It binds to the network card and allows to communicate with other windows 3.11 machines.
Useless in windows 95.

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by:wayneb
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If this is not the case then reject my answer and allow someone to answer it.
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by:calger
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I concur with Wayne - you don't run ODIHLP.EXE under Win95.  Dump it and the error will not occur.  If you ARE still running real mode drivers for network connectivity - such as Netware VLMs - then it is well worth it to you to upgrade to a 32-bit client.  Free download from Novell - if you don't have it, get it.  If you don't use it, install it.

Good luck.
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by:jstegall
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If you go to:
http://www.novell.com/download/
You will see two 32 bit clients you can use.
The Intranetware client 2.2 and the Z.E.N.Works Client 2.5
if you are using or plan to use 2.2 then you should also download
NOVELLNP.EXE from the minimum patch list page to replace the
one in 2.20.  I have used 2.2 since it was beta and now am upgrading to 2.5,  Client32 is a much better product, it solved
many of my clients problems.
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by:calger
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I have been running ZEN Client 2.5 now for 2 weeks - no issues to report.
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by:909233
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will check out autoexec.bat //config.sys files however
I doubt this will be any use b/c I believe they are blank (under win 95--not many people use them)..

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