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By azizhakim ·
Good afternoon-I am very early in my winnt studies.undertook this daunted task of network install.i was told it is a difficult
projectbut i took this challenge 3 weeks ago.
Before i call it quits i need a liitle thought from you gurus.I purchased this maxtor hdd,installed it.Made my net install start disk,partitioned hdd w/ maxtor disk.Allowed 10 2 gig fat16 partitions,my nic
card is a netgear fa310tx fast ethernet.i made the necessary changes in my start disk's
setup directory like the help file says,in protocol.ini,sys.ini,wcsetup.inf etc.drag & dropped my ndis2.dos driver to a:.It copies the driver.when i boot my workstation it always tells me it fail to load the nic.The
help manual tells me to load the FA310.dos
driver but i cannot locate it in the driver disk.All it has is the ngrpci.dos in the NDIS2DOS directory.Any thoughts or any site i can research it a little further before i put this project on the SHELF.THANX IN ADVANCE FOR THE TIME--Aziz---

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by spiceman In reply to network installation

Sounds like unnecessary steps in the install. First of all maximum FAT 16 partion size is 2048 MB (2 gig) but you can have less partions if you use NTFS. You can create C drive as 2 gig FAT16 and D drive as 18 gig NTFS. You can format it using disk administrator after the NT installation.

If you have the NT network drivers for your network card just install it during the NT installation or later on. This would be better and does not require adjustments manually.

If you don't have driversfor the NIC you can get from places like www.drivers.com or the NIC manufacturer.

Are you setting a peer to peer network or domain based. In either case the procedure for NT installations are the same with slight differences in the server installation.

Good luck

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by azizhakim In reply to network installation

--Thanx so much but mohammed,s was what i did & i have accomplished it
--thanx so much again

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by timber In reply to network installation

NT is very limited in the drivers for there boot disks. They probably have a generic netgear driver that doesn't work for your card. If your machine has a cd-rom I would boot off the floppies and do the install. I agree with the answer above me less partitions are better. one system partition and one data partition.

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by azizhakim In reply to network installation

Please refer to 1st reply
--thanx--

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by daniel In reply to network installation

I would recommmend using at least one NTFS partition to reduce the number of partitions you have created. Especially if you were planning to convert a FAT partition later to an NTFS partition (allows greater file security, sharing, compression, etc.) To install the network card (NIC), simply provide the drivers for the network card (the latest drivers can be downloaded from Netgears website for that particular NIC) when prompted during installation. However, you can later add the NIC drivers from the Network icon located in Control Panel.

Hope this helps!

-Dan

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by azizhakim In reply to network installation

Please refer to 1st reply
--thanx---

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by mmohammed In reply to network installation

First of all make a Network Installation Disk.You have to make just two changes to it. The first is to copy the driver for your NIC to the floppy and the second is to make the appropriate changes to the SYSTEM.INI and PROTOCOL.INI files. In SYSTEM.INI, you'll find a line "netcard=yournetcard.dos" that will need to be changed and there will probably be several places in PROTOCOL.INI where you'll have to make the substitution. You may have to erase the original driver to make room for the new one. Hope this gives you a good start.

Hope this will help

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by azizhakim In reply to network installation

Deservedly you have just rectified what i had been trying for 3 weeks.I followed exactly what you had asked.Thanx so much.I am already at the stage where it is asking for the 3 floppies.I excitedly did not include the /b switch with the winnt command so it wont ask me for the floppies.ENOUGH SAID.ONCE AGAIN THANX.IF IT IS OK WITH YOU I CAN E-MAIL U,BUT I NEED YOUR OK.I AM AZIZHAKIM@YAHOO.COM

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by Dennis@l In reply to network installation

That card is made by Bay Networks and should have a windows/95/98/NT driver on the installation disk. On the NT desktop right click on the Network Neighborhood, select properties, adapters, add, select have disk, select ok it will search your a: fora driver to install.

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by azizhakim In reply to network installation

Please see 1st reply
---thanx---

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