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Help with VIA on board LAN card

By Bluerhino_0 ·
Unable to load LAN drivers properly with message "the NDIS.VXD, NTKERN.VXD device loaders for this device could not load the device
driver (code 2)"
I have had to upgrade to this motherboard due to failure of an ealier K7VMM VIA board. The hard drive was retained and the old motherboard drivers replaced with the new ones.
I have tried removing all the network adapters and rebooting and then replacing TCPIP and rebinding it to the dial-up adapter only, but
none of this makes any difference. I have downloaded the latest drivers from the Biostar website - no difference. Am using Win98
FIRST edition.
The machine uses a CELERON 2000 has 2 40GB hard drives, a DVD/CDR/RW
drive and a DVD ROM drive. All drives are working.
Am reluctant to upgrade from WIN98 as we have LOTUS SMARSUITE 97 business critical data on other machines on this LAN and upgrading
all four machines is bound to cause lots of headaches.
Has anybody out there got any ideas on this problem?

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by CG IT In reply to Help with VIA on board L ...

In my opinion, the easiest solution is to go buy a NIC PCI card and use that instead of the onboard LAN. Note: Disable the onboard NIC in the BIOS.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Help with VIA on board L ...

i think he's right. i bet your nic is bad. try removing it from device manager, then us add new hardware wizard. if you have already done this, the device is bad or try down-grading your BIOS version...see this mskb article:125174 Explanation of Error Codes Generated by Device Manager from support.microsoft.com

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Many thanks for these tips. I havn't downgraded the BIOS as this seemed rather to extreme as a new network card was only ?10. Anyway I messed around with all the settings I could find but nothing made any difference. In the end a PCI network card has done the trick. I suspect that this particular board and BIOS is not completely compatible with WIN98 first edition.

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by TheChas In reply to Help with VIA on board L ...

I agree that the on-board NIC may have failed.

2 other things for you to try:

Install the W98 First edition service update.

Upgrade to W98 SE.
You can find and use the W98 to W98 SE update on numerous web-sites, and on e-bay.

You will not loose any programs or settings, and will have a more stable OS.

Also, use caution with update patches.
IE 6 and DirectX 9 can cause problems for older video cards that do not have new drivers available.

2 more thoughts:

Run system file checker (sfc) from the run box, and see if you have any corrupt system files.

Delete the 2 .vxd files after removing the NIC and allow Windows to re-construct them.

Come to think of it, every time I have had a vxd problem, I have had RAM problems.
If you have more than 511MB of RAM, reduce the installed RAM to less than 511MB. W98 has problems with more than 511MB of RAM. This bug is VERY configuration dependant.

Replace / re-seat the RAM modules.

Chas

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