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How to change a network card in novell

By dthirlway ·
I have to take out a 10 base nic from a Novell server and replace it with a 100/10 base switch. What do I need to edit in the start up files for this to happen correctly? Can any one give me some step by step instructions for a Microsoft Dummy:) I know this is an easy question, however I havent done anything in Novell for some time.

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by dmiles In reply to How to change a network c ...

3. It is a good idea to install and configure the NIC first before anything else. There are many ways to skin a cat (or is it a chicken), I prefer doing it this way:

If it is a trickle down machine, first format the HDD with the boot disk
Reboot, then create a directory called HOLD (C:\Hold), and copy all the files from the boot disk to that directory.
cd hold
Run the necessary files to get on the network (LSL, E100BODI [or appropriate NIC Driver], IPXODI, NETX)
Log in to MCS/INSTALL and cd to OS\DOS\622 and run SETUP
After installation is complete and done rebooting, log back in to MCS/INSTALL and cd to OS\WINDOWS\WFW311 and run setup. I normally select Custom Install and select the components you believe the user will need, including Print Drivers.
When prompted to install Support for Networks, I select NONE. Continue till setup completes.
Reboot again and login back in to the network with the drivers in c:\hold
Login in to MCS/INSTALL and cd to DRIVERS\NETWORK\NOVELL\NWCLIENT and run INSTALL
When prompted, select Support for Windows, and hit the enter key for NIC Drivers and type in C:\HOLD in place of A.
Select INSTALL Files now when ready.
When installation is complete, go back to a DOS Prompt and edit the AUTOEXEC.BAT file and place the @CALL C:\NWCLIENT\STARTNET.BAT from the beginning to the end of the file.
CD to C:\NWCLIENT and edit the net.cfg file to just below the line to the bindings for the NIC Card and remove the line for the FRAME 802.2. We use 802.3 and if you don't remove that line or move it, you will hang when loading the VLM'S. Here is a typical example of an ideal NET.CFG:

PREFERRED SERVER = SERVERNAME
FILE HANDLES = 99
SHOW DOTS = ON

Link Driver E100BODI
FRAME Ethernet_802.3
FRAME Ethernet_II
FRAME Ethernet_SNAP

NetWare DOS Requester
FIRST NETWORK DRIVE = F
NETWARE PROTOCOL = NDS BIND

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by pgm554 In reply to How to change a network c ...

The above answer is for a work station ,he needs to change a NIC in a file server.

As for the original post ,what version of Netware ,and what protocols are you running(TCP,IPX,frame type)?What NIC?

When going from a hub to a switch and running TCP, duplex settings need to be very carefully
set.Collisions and CRC errors can cause the network to come to a crawl.

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by BudTheGrey In reply to How to change a network c ...

Some additional basic information would be helpful -- netware version, old card type, new card type.

Still, this should be a fairly straight forward process. There's 2 steps to making a NIC work in a server. A LOAD command to load the driver for the card, and 1 or more BIND commands to bind protocols to it. At the server, go to the console prompt and type:

LOAD EDIT SYS:\SYSTEM\AUTOEXEC.NCF

The AUTOEXEC.NCF file is a netWare start-up file. You normally get to it from either INSTALL (nw4) or NWCONFIG (NW5+), but the EDIT command is faster.

Look in this file for a pair of LOAD and BIND commands; this will give you an idea of where to start. If you don't see any, look for a line similar to

LOAD SYS:\ETC\INITSYS.NCF

Do this and report bakc what you find; then we'll be able to offer specific help.

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