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I had to reinstall Windows 98 and did so without apparent problem.  I got the latest drivers for the integrated NIC (Davicom 9102) from www.davicom.com.tw and the nic installed without apparent error.

 However, when I try to access the file server (SCO UNIX - VisionFS)  the download is glacial, when I don't get an "error 2 on drive ?" and the computer slows way down (20 - 30 seconds from clicking botton on the taskbar to seeing the button depress) and  Prior to reloading windows this system ran just fine with the vendor supplied configuration (came with win98).  It is a Pentium II - 450 with 384 Mb of ram.  The System tab shows no yellow splotches other than one for the sound card, for which I do not yet have the drivers.  

Another win98 machine on the network can access the server without problem.
The link light on the hub blinks irregularly, but only about once every 2 seconds instead of rapidly.
I don't have tools to snoop the network to see what is happening.
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by:vinnyd79
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Have you checked your cable connections to make sure you don't have a bad cable?If you ping the sco server do you lose any packets?
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In addition, Win98 does not like more than 256 MB RAM.

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q304/9/43.ASP
Q181966 System Configuration Utility Advanced Troubleshooting Settings
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q181/9/66.ASP
RTICLE-ID: Q142544

Also, make sure that the NIC has ir's own IRQ.

Also check the port and the hub/switch.


And lastly make sure that the spped of the NIC 10/100 Mbps makes the hub/switch. Sometimes auto-detect does not work well.

I hope this helps !
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by:TechServSys
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I downloaded the diagnostics from Davicom and it said the NIC was a 9102A (note the "A") despite Windows identifying it as a 9102 (no A).
I downloaded the correct driver and the cpu utilization now is appropriate to the data speed.  Before I was going to 100% with 4.5 kbs and now I go to 95% with 300 Kbs.

Problem solved.  Now that I solved my own problem, do I get the points ?
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just point a zero point question in community support asking for a refund...
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by:pleasenospam
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>  Win98 does not like more than 256 MB RAM.

Note that the references supplied do not support this statement.
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by:slink9
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And that article contradicts itself.  It says in the title more than 1.5G and in the article more than 1G.
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I could have given you that advice for 100 points!!
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Points reduced to zero to refund to user.

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