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NetWare - Multiple Workstation Problem

By TarheelCoastie ·
I have a Novell network ( 3.12) running Dos 6.22 that has a server and three workstations. It's using BNC Network cards, and the workstations boot from floppy.

The problem is I can only get one workstation on at a time. If I turn workstation A off, workstation B pops up. If I turn workstation B off, workstation A will come back online. Sometimes I get a network error. It's worked fine for years but one day one of the workstations locked up and once we rebooted, we could only get one computer on at a time.

I've replaced all of the cables, T's, and terminators.

So my solution was to start over. I want to get away from the BNC so I've got network cards with RJ45. I assembled another computer for a server. Installed the dos partition. I created the SYS volume. I can also get it started copying files, but it will stop and take me to A DOS screen with a lot of code and wants to debug.

Any suggestions?

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by BudTheGrey In reply to NetWare - Multiple Workst ...

First, I would see if the switch to UTP solved your problem. Changing the network card in "old" NW3.12 is a pretty easy matter, and can get you up and running quickly. Most cards still come with NW3.12 drivers, except for some exotic high-end units.

On to the server install problem. If the crash happens during the process of copying the system and public files, I'd suspect one of two things:

1) ram. Could be bad memory. It could also be too much memory. On some motherboards, NW3.12 had some trouble when there is more than 64MB of RAM. A long time a go, I wrote up some guidelines here: http://www.thedurlands.com/nwmemory.html

2) disk drivers. Does the new server use an IDE/ATA disk? If so, make sure you are using the latest IDE drivers right from the beginning.

Also a long time ago, I wrote up some instructions for and easy migration of NW3.12 to new hardware. The page is here: http://www.thedurlands.com/nov312mo.html

HTH

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