I'm trying to do some basic DOS / Win3.11 networking.
I'm using a Pentium 1 w/166MHz cpu & 64megs ram w/ 1gig hard drive.
The Mother Board is a P55T2P4 Asus with both PCI and ISA slots
The hardware is Okay with no issues (as far as I know)
I've TRIED going to NetGear (manufacturer) & they're NO help.
Their Knowledge Base has NOTHING on this. Yet they tell me it's been tested & works.
The NIC is a NetGear 10/100 PCI card.
The card is in physical slot 3, but is listed as DEVICE 10 (so in config files it gets referred to as SLOT 10... )
The network WORKS when I install the driver through Win for Workgroups 3.11 and use the driver from THAT directory on the floppy.
But, when I go to the DOS (ndis2) directory and install a real mode driver FA311.DOS in config.sys I get the error
Netgear FA311 Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter DOS NDIS 2.0.1 Driver Version:1.04
(c) Copyright ...........**************** blah blah blah................*******
*** Protocol Manager file could not be opened.
When I have this installed the way I need it for WFW 3.11... there is no error.
there is also no real mode driver in config.sys (just a IFSHLP.SYS driver)
I'm not too familiar with the "old" DOS way(s)....
I'm thinking/hoping that this is actually a SIMPLE problem for an old DOS virtuoso.
NetGear ASSURES me that the PCI (PnP) NIC WORKS with DOS....
......I wanna know HOW......
I think... I'm doing this right, but, I'm not sure.
Is there ANYTHING else I should do to setup the card in dos?
I tried loading NDISHLP.SYS in config sys along with IFSHLP (not even sure what these do)...
I tried JUST NDISHLP .... then, I got rid of BOTH of them. And the only reference to ANYTHING networking is in the CONFIG sys file and it's the reference to the DOS driver.
And I get that protocol message.
WFW = fine
DOS = No Go
I don't get it.... yet.
IF no one can help me, my next experiment is to put the nic into my NEW P3 and load dos and try it. Maybe it's a BIOS thing and the DOS ain't werkin' quite right with the "old" PC/BIOS.
Is there something BASIC (in DOS) that I'm missing? Or, should TRY?