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Configuring Netgear FA410tx under NT


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Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:04 PM

I have an old Metrobook laptop computer which my wife bought secondhand long before we met. It is running NT 4.0 and came with a Netgear FA410tx card which we have never tried using until now. We just upgraded to DSL, and I'd like to at least have some limited use of the old computer on the net.

The computer is connected to the "DSL modem" [Verizon's term], and when the computer is turned on/off the corresponding LED for the port on the "modem" turns on and off indicating that the computer is having some communication over the network. However, the internet programs do not recognize that there is a connection.

Going to the control panel under networking, it recognizes that the network card is there. It does indicate that TCP/IP is activated.

Going under PCMCIA in the control panel again recognizes the presence of the card. Opening that further gives information that the card is working, the drivers are installed, but that the drivers did not configure the card. There is a button on that tab labled "configure", but clicking that does nothing. I also tried clicking on the remove button next to that which similarly brings no response.

At this point, I'm at a loss as far as what to do.

One other factor which may be relevant. Several years ago, I took it to work and one of the tech people offered to configure it to be used on the network there. He started installing some software, then stopped after realizing that it only had 64 MB RAM. However, since then whenever I login I get a message along the lines of "unable to locate DHCP server, click yes to stop further DHCP messages." Unfortunately I can't be more specific regarding exactly what happened at that encounter, other than noting that we use a Novell network at work.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I've been generally computer literate for most of my life, but this is my first attempt at networking, so I'm fairly clueless in this matter.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 08:16 AM

You may have to do the following:

\HELP\WINNT\NT40.TXT

NETGEAR FA411 PCMCIA Mobile Adapter
-------------------------------------
Driver Installation for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
------------------------------------------------

Getting Started
---------------
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 does not come bundled with the driver for the
NETGEAR FA411 PCMCIA Mobile Adapter. You must go through the following
procedure to install the device driver into the Windows NT system for the
adapter to function correctly.

The Windows NT installation disks or CD are needed to complete this
installation.

Installation Procedure
----------------------
1. Insert the NETGEAR FA411 PCMCIA Mobile Adapter into an available
PCMCIA slot in your notebook computer and power on your system.

2. You will need to know the available "IO Port" and "IRQ Number" on
your computer. Follow these steps to find the available IO Port
and IRQ number:

a. Click on the "Start" button at the Windows NT desktop.
b. Select "Program", and "Administrative Tools".
c. Select "Windows NT Diagnostics" under "Administrative Tools".
d. Choose the "Resources" folder.
e. Click on the "IRQ" button at the bottom of the Diagnostics window.
Make a note of the IRQ numbers in use.
f. Click on the "I/O Port" button to check on the I/O ports already
used up by other resources in your system.

3. Close the Diagnostics window.

4. Double-click on the "My Computer" icon at the desktop.

5. Double-click on the "Control Panel" icon under "My Computer".

6. In the "Control Panel" window, double-click on the "Network" icon.

7. In the "Network" window, click on the "Adapter".

8. Click the [Add] button. A list of all available drivers will be
displayed.

9. In the "Select Network Adapter" window, click on the [Have Disk]
button for third-party adapters not included in the list.

10. Insert the FA411 Driver and Documentation CD-ROM into the CD-ROM
drive. Enter "D:\" when prompted for a path and click OK.

Windows NT will attempt to locate the OEMSETUP.INF file in
the specified path.

11. Make sure that "NETGEAR FA411 PCMCIA Mobile Adapter" is
highlighted. Click OK in the Select OEM Option window.

12. Windows NT will pop up one window asking for the value of some
keywords including "I/O Port", "IRQ Number" and "Connection Type"

Check and make sure that the selected I/O port and IRQ nubmer
are not already in use by your system.

The default value of "Connection Type" is "AutoSense". The driver
will auto-detect the connecting media type. Other possible
connection type selections are "100 MBps", "100 Mbps Full_Duplex"
, "10 Mbps" and "10 Mbps Full_Duplex".

13. Click OK.

14. Click Close in the Network window.

15. Provide other necessary protocol information if asked by Windows NT.

16. Restart notebook.

The NETGEAR FA411 PCMCIA Mobile Adapter and its associated driver is
now properly installed into your system.


THe above is from: ftp://downloads.netgear.com/files/FA411v300.zip

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 01:44 PM

Part of the problem is that the computer was bought secondhand. This means that we have no install disks, either for NT or for the network card.

Also, my take on things is that the system had the drivers installed already. When I access the network card in the control panel I'm getting an error message that the drivers are installed but are unable to configure. That screen has buttons to either uninstall the driver or to configure it. When I click on configure, I get literally no response (well, the dotted line inside the button indicating the default choice moves from uninstall to configure when I click on there, but otherwise, the computer is flat out ignoring the fact that I'm clicking there. BTW, this is being done with an adminstrator account.) I was hoping there was some type of tweaking of a system setting which would allow me to further work on configuring the drivers.

I hope that this doesn't mean that we have to uninstall and reinstall the drivers (as noted above). If so, any way to download the drivers to reinstall them?

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 03:11 PM

THe above is from: ftp://downloads.netgear.com/files/FA411v300.zip



I hope that this doesn't mean that we have to uninstall and reinstall the drivers (as noted above). If so, any way to download the drivers to reinstall them?



Right there.




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