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Fast Ethernet
damica Jul-30-00 02:39 PM
I am having trouble setting up a Windows/98 network using Fast Ethernet. Let me explain. I have installed in two(2) (AMD Athlon 700(FIC Motherboard)/128 meg Ram) computers the D-Link 530TX+ NIC cards and configured windows/98 to use the NETBEUI protocol. They are both connected to a D-Link Fast Ethernet Hub by Cat 5 straight thru cable. This setup works fine as long as the speed of the NIC cards are set to 10 MBS/HALF DUPLEX. If I set the speed to anything else the network will not function. Also if I set the speed up to 100 MBS/FULL DUPLEX the NIC cards will go dead.(NO-LIGHTS). I have Programmed the NIC cards thru DOS for the different speeds so they would match the speed that I setup in windows/98 thru properties of the NIC card. Now please bear in mind that I have tried TCP/IP and IPX/SPX protocols that came with the windows/98se cd and they did NOT function at anything above 10 MBS/HALF DUPLEX also. I have tried NEW CABLE, diffweent NIC cards (but the same type D-Link 530TX+) and a different HUB (Fast Ethernet). Your help in this matter will GREATLY be APPRECIATED.
Thank You
David M. Camp

1. RE: Fast Ethernet
lbyard Jul-30-00 03:07 PM
In response to message 0
I am using the same cards on my network and a D-Link DSS-5+ switch. I have used the same cards and cables with two hubs, one Kingston 10BASET and the other a SOHO 100BASET. The boards, etc. work as advertised. In a 100 MHz network with a hub they run at 100 Mhz, half-duplex and in a 100 Mhz network with a switch they run at 100 Mhz, full-duplex. Nothing has to be done to the boards, they auto-detect the connection and auto-negotiate for the fastest speed and mode. I also bench marked the switch and the hub in a four-node network (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/dlink/dfe-910/dfe-910.htm). They operated at about the same speed. If you use a crossover cable instead of hub the board should connect at 100 Mhz, full-duplex. I think you still have a bad cable(s). See http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/cable/cable1.htm for guidance. Larry

2. RE: Fast Ethernet
damica Jul-31-00 00:23 AM
In response to message 1
First, I want to thank you for your quick reply. I know you must be very busy. However I still need some help. After getting your reply and D-Link's reply, I went back to work and this is what I have now. D-link said that for the DFE-530TX+ to function at it's full potential this card must not share an IRQ with anything other than (IRQ HOLDING FOR PCI STEERING). So I checked this out and sure enough both pc's were NOT correct. I just moved the NIC card in one pc to another slot checked my IRQ's and they were now correct. RE-SETUP my network on that pc and set the speed to 100 MBS/HALF DUPLEX and it worked. But!!!!!! on the other pc NO-MATTER what slot I put the NIC card in it comes up with the same IRQ # which is 5. This happens to be my AGP Video so I can't move it. I have tried a different DFE530TX+ NIC card and it also comes up to IRQ #5.
I am not sure, but I don't think that I can (from the BIOS) set a certain IRQ to a certain PCI slot.
I have looked at the BIOS and in the motherboard manual and can't find it. I have TWO(2) IRQ's open
10 and 3(I have disabled com-2).HELP!!!!!!. Now on to the CABLE, I have all of the necessary tools to make quailty cables, so I made SIX(6) more cables and all the same thing. But, please let me ask this? When you set up a network and you turn on FILE and PRINT sharing you don't have to have a cable connected for YOUR OWN pc to show up in the network neighberhood. This was not even happening before but it is now, atleast on the ONE(1) pc. Is this correct?
Larry I want to thank you once again. If you have the time please visit my web site.www.computer-works.cc
David M. Camp

3. RE: Fast Ethernet
lbyard Jul-31-00 01:16 PM
In response to message 2
David, Try going into the CMOS Setup and see if you can force the PNP cards out of IRQ 5 by assigning IRQ 5 to Legacy/ISA. Hopefully each of them will move to different IRQs. Try changing it back and see if just one of them will move. However, if you have a sound card, it will normally feel more at home with IRQ 5 (this dates back to ISA SoundBlaster cards which usually occupy IRQs 5 and 10). You may have to resort to IRQ sharing by Windows and that should work. I have to. Most BIOS’s have a setting to enable OS is PnP aware. IRQ problems can be very frustrating and time consuming, indeed. Yes, a computer will see it’s own-shared assets if the network is not connected; but you have to log-in to the Client for Microsoft Networking.

I visited your site. Looks nice. It’s somewhat like ours was before we started the Digest. There used to be a few “Computer Works” out there. One was a direct competitor in Maine and I remember seeing one on Rt. 1 in Mass. Besides “Dux” our “WorkS” (Dux Computer WorkS, which is on the label we have been putting on our computer for 13 years) is little different. It is an acronym barrowed from an E-Mail Forum on Intelligent WorkStations (WorkS), which ran on the Arpanet about 20 years ago.

In the 13 years I’ve been in business, I have not found a good point of sale program (haven’t looked for quite a few years). Many years ago we bought SBT Accounting and a cash drawer. SBT is written in dBase and we were hoping to get a third party POS add-on or write our own. That never happened. We are still using SBT and the cash drawer is still sitting on the counter with no computer attached. Both have served us well…

We are closing the store this month so we can work on the Digest fulltime. More on that later. Larry

4. RE: Fast Ethernet
lbyard Jul-31-00 03:38 PM
In response to message 2
LAST EDITED ON Jul-31-00 AT 03:40 PM (GMT)

I just went back to the window with your site and typed in the URL to my site. How did you do the fade-out/fade-in? I've never seen a web page do that before. I'm running IE 5.5. Snazzy! Larry

5. RE: Fast Ethernet
damica Jul-31-00 11:36 PM
In response to message 4
Larry Thank you so much for you help, I am now on my way to our shop to implement what you have suggested, I hope (with your help I can resolve this problem). About my web-site, I must be honest, I don't know I have a webmaster that handles all of my web-site issues.
Thanks again.
David M. Camp

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