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No network board driver has been selected on Novell Netware installation

I am installing novell netware enterprise latest edition on my xp machine.  Recieve stated above message, have no clue as what to do next.  When I click "enter", it takes me to screen that states:

Device types:
Network boards:  blank
Netware loadable modules: ROUTE  


OPTION IS CONTINUE AT THE BOTTOM.
any help with this will be greatly appreciated.  I need to simply test this OS on my tetsing environment.
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Ghost96

8/22/2022 - Mon
Ghost96

So are you installing this in a VM or ...?  Or are you using a previous machine that used to run XP and am trying to run Netware off of it?
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systems_ax

i'm using machine that used to run XP, should I go with a difference download for netware than the one you suggested?  
Ghost96

I just "suggested" the one you said you wanted ;)

I don't know what you are planning to do with anything but you can try any of the OSes that I provided in that download link.

If you know what NIC you have on that box that used to run XP, you have to see whether or not you can download some Netware drivers for it on the manufacture's web site.  Then you can use the INS key and insert them when prompted if you copy the driver files to a floppy disk, for instance.

Most times it detects NICs and Storage Adapters and the like but sometimes you have to provide your own drivers :/
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systems_ax

how do I check which NIC I have?
thank you
Ghost96

Well...

If it's built on to the motherboard itself, you should have an identifier on what motherboard model you are using so you could look it up via the motherboard and see what NIC(s) it came with.  If it's a standard PCI card, then popping the cover and looking at the manufacturer and model number should suffice.

If it's a brand-name machine, going to their support site could help you out if you look it up via model but you might have to pick from a couple or few different available NIC options

There's also variying free utilities that could help you out if you use something like "The Ultimate Boot CD for Windows"

If you blew away your XP install completely you could compile that CD instead, boot into it and use one of its free utilities to list all your hardware devices so you know exactly what you've got.  The utility I'm referring to is here:
http://www.ubcd4win.com/

I mention that because chances are you'll be able to boot with no problems, detect all your hardware and then get the drivers if they're available.

I use it all the time for varying operations.
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systems_ax

can you tell me if possible what network board I should choose considering I am installing on the pc that used to run server 2003?  there are lot sof boards but I do not know which to pick.
thank you
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Ghost96

I can't just pull one out of a hat.  I don't know anything about what you are running.  You can optionally run the http://www.ultimatebootcd.com (different from the UBCD) and see if using the program called AIDA16 detects your devices via DOS box.

Then you can just boot after downloading the utility, find the NIC in the pages displayed and then be all set for what driver you need to try to find for the Netware server side of the equation.

But yeah, I can't just pick one.
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systems_ax

ok, I found the following driver:
 D-link DFE-530TX Driver Windows & Netware, I will tryinstalling it and see what happens.
thanks
 
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systems_ax

maybe I have not made myself clear, but what I did is formatted a system that used to run XP with Netware and now am still stuck at "Device Types" section.  no matter which drive I select, the message "No network board driver has been selected".

I have been doing research on this for hours every day, being not knowledgable in netware I do not know what the next step could be.
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Ghost96

Here's all I found from D-Link's site, which was under maintenance until this morning:
http://support.dlink.com/faq/view.asp?prod_id=1046&question=DFE-530TX+

So if that doesn't work for you, either see how much time you want to spend on fixing it OR get a "supported" NIC.
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<<<How do I install my DFE-530TX+ adapter on a Novell 4.1x server?>>>
I do not have novell server and cannot even install novell on my XP which runs E2160 processor with all the memory it needs and more.  
I am not fimding any help on "wha specific driver" I need and how to load it during the installation of novell operating system.  I do not have a pc that has floppy drive in it.
Ghost96

What do you mean you don't have a Novell server?  You just downloaded it and that's what you are trying to install.....no?

Why don't you get a supported NIC, as already mentioned?  Then you will probably have the driver as part of the install process.  That does NOT mean you won't run into another issue where you need updated controller drivers and the like, however.

Get a floppy drive.  Yes, there are other ways, but I think they're going to be more difficult for you.
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systems_ax

sorry, beginner here.
I am going to go with a new NIC, can you please recommend which one I need to get?  I am doing a lot of research on this and need at least 1 expert recommendation as I said previously I do not know anything about novell.
thank you
Ghost96

Are you all set?  I know you accepted a solution but what NIC did you end up getting?  We can still assist if you need it.
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systems_ax

i still don't know specifically which one and will need to give specs to my boss soon, not liking netware that much, did not have any issues with installing virtual server 2005.

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Ghost96

Well if you're going with a new server, then a lot of Dell and hp servers still support Netware with no problems.  They also include drivers for them if the install doesn't detect them automatically.

You could go out to some store and pick up a 3COM NIC (most auto-detect) or an Intel NIC and most of them are detected with no additional drivers required.

But yeah, you still want a drive that you can load drivers from (like a floppy drive) so get a USB floppy drive for 8 dollars or something.  It's more of a pain NOT to have one in cases like this.

But if you are recommending specs to your boss, just get a server that supports the OS.  I don't know what you are going to be using Netware for and your total unfamiliarity with the OS has me wondering why you are making the recommendation and what you would even use it for.  Not trying to be mean, but this seems like it's totally new to you.

Did you mean to say that you didn't have any issues installing Netware 6.5 using the Virtual Server 2005 application?  Just like VMWare, they use a lot of generic hardware so the compatibility is meant to be built in for comvenience's sake.  It's no surprise you didn't have to load a NIC driver (if you didn't) but it's not like loading up a NIC driver is hard to do.  You just seemed to have too many obstacles, like no floppy drive, an unsupported NIC, etc.