AOpen AON325 User Manual

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FULL PACKAGE CONTENT… … … .… ................2

INTRODUCTION… … ........… … … … .… … … … .… .3 ABOUT FAST ETHERNET… … … … … … .… … … … 3

ABOUT AUTO-NEGOTIATION… … … … … ..… … .4

PRODUCT FEATURES… … … ..… … … … … … … … .5 SOFTWARE DRIVER SUPPORT … … ...… … ...........6

INSTALLATION… … … … … … … … … ..… … … … … 7

HARDWARE INSTALLATION… … … … … ..… … … … 7 DRIVER INSTALLATION… … … … … … … … .… … … 8

BOOT ROM INSTALLATION… … … … … … … … … 8

TROUBLESHOOTING… … … … … … … ..… … .… .10

SPECIFICATIONS… … … … … … … … … … … … … 11

Full Package Content

The adapter package should contain the following items:

One PCI 10/100 Ethernet adapter

User’ s guide

Driver diskette

Please inform your dealer immediately should there be any incorrect, missing or damaged parts.

Introduction

The 10/100 Based-TxFast Ethernet Adapter card is a32-bit10/100Mbps Ethernet network interface card for PCI localbus-compliantPCs. It supports the PCI bus mastering architecture which allows data to be transferred very fast with low CPU utilization andauto-negotiationfeature which makes it possible to combine one common type of Ethernetcabling-anRJ-45connector for twistedpair cabling that can be used for both 10Mbps and 100Mbps connection. Extensive driver support for commonly used network operation systems is also provided.

About Fast Ethernet

Fast Ethernet is a network technology specified by IEEE Standard 802.3u. It extends the traditional 10Mbps Ethernet technology to achieve 100Mbps transmission and reception, while retaining the same CSMA/CD Ethernet protocol. Thus while Fast Ethernet provides a tenfold increase in network capacity, it is wholly compatible with traditional 10Mbps Ethernet network facilities.

About Auto-negotiation

Auto-negotiationis an IEEE 802.3 procedure of negotiating the highest data flow capability between the device (in this case, our Adapter) and their links partner (some other device). The data flow information, to be negotiated, consists of the data speed (10Mbps or 100Mbps) and data transfer(half-duplexorfull-duplexcommunication). The physical process ofauto-negotiationrequires only a few milliseconds to choose the fastest communications capability between the two devices.

Product Features

Designed for versatility and performance, the 32-bitPCI bus 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Adapter provides the following features:

Operates in a PCI Bus Master slot of a Pentium/ Pentium-Pro/Pentium-IIcomputer, independent of CPU speed.

PCI Bus Master memory access, for high throughput and low CPU demand.

Plug and Play installation.

100Mbps Fast Ethernet or 10Mbps Ethernet data transfer, selected via auto-negotiation.

Full-duplexorhalf-duplexoperation, selected byauto-negotiation.

Built-inFIFO buffers reduce overhead of memory transfers.

Drivers for all leading Network Operating Systems.

Two LED indicators: Link, Activity.

LINK Indicator

A steady green LED indicates good linkage between the32-bitPCI bus 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Adapter and its supporting hub.

ACTIVITY Indicator

A flashing green LED indicates that the adapter is sending or receiving data.

Software Driver Support

Diagnostic Program

ODI

Novell Client Dos, Novell Client 32 for Dos, Netware Sever 3.x, 4.x, 5.0

NDIS 2.x, 3.x, 4.x, 5.0

Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 95

OSR2, Windows 95, Windows NT,

WindowsWPW3.11, MS LAN, LANtastic,

OS/2 LAN server and client

Packet Driver : FTP PC/TCP

UNIX Driver : SCO UNIX

Linux

Installation

Installation of a 10/100Mbps PCI bus Fast Ethernet Card requires Hardware installation first, then BIOS and Software installation.

Hardware Installation

1.Turn OFF the computer, unplug its power cord and open the computer case.

2.Insert the contact edge of the 10/100Mbps PCI bus Fast Ethernet Card into the connector of any available PCI Bus Master expansion slot. Press the card firmly into the connector and ascertain that the card contacts are fully seated in the connector.

3.Install the bracket screw, which secures the card to the cincture chassis.

4.Replace the computer’ s case and connect the network cable to newly installed network card. Reconnect the computer’ s power cord and plug it into the power outlet.

Driver Installation

Before you connect the 10/100Mbps PCI bus Card to the network, you have to install the network driver first. The driver for each networking operating system is under a separate directory. A HELP.EXE file under root directory lists the information and detailed installation procedure of all the available drivers.

Boot ROM Installation

The optional Boot ROM device allows you to connect a diskless workstation to the network. Perform the following steps to install your Boot ROM device:

Note: Install the optional remote boot ROM before installing the card.

Note: Before handling the remote boot ROM chip, discharge any static electricity on your body by touching a grounding surface such as the chassis of the PC.

1.Align the notch and pins of the ROM chip with notch and pinholes on the socket. Insert the Boot ROM into the socket on the adapter until it is firmly seated.

2.Execute the SETUP.EXE file to enable the Boot ROM function by selecting the appropriate Boot ROM address from the setup menu.

3.Refer to the installation procedure provided by Networking Operating System, Here lists the reference subjects under two commonly used Networking Operating Systems.

Microsoft LAN Manager:

Starting remote booting service

Novell Netware: DOSGEN

Troubleshooting

If you experience any problems with the adapter, first verify that the appropriate driver is loaded, that the proper grade of cable is employed for the network connection, and that the supporting hub is functioning properly.

1.Ascertain that the adapter card is fully and firmly seated in the slot connector.

2.Check the length and rating of connecting cables.

3.Ascertain that the adapter's PCI slot is not deactivated at the BIOS level. The CMOS Setup utility in PCI computers ordinarily provides the option to activate or deactivate PCI slots.

4.Replace the adapter in question with a verified adapter and run SETUP.EXE diagnostic tests on the software diskette at root directory.

5.Install the questioned adapter in another PCI computer and run the tests again.

Remove all other PCI adapters from the computer and run the tests again. If the verification/diagnostic run is not normal, then there is probably an interrupt number conflict which will have to be resolved manually by a CMOS Setup utility run after you have reinstalled all of the expansion cards.