Racore PCMCIA Tech Notes
Support Bulletin: 3080 Revision F
Abstract: This document contains
information on basic steps that should be taken to make sure
your PCMCIA card is operating correctly. These steps can then
be followed with a complete installation of your network software.
Following these steps are some suggestions on specific installations.
Before putting your Racore PCMCIA
Token Ring adapter to work on the network, it is recommended
that you first run diagnostics. This will give you the assurance
that your adapter is properly configured for your particular
notebook computer before proceeding with the complex process
of network installation.
Today's notebook computers come
in a wide variety of hardware configurations and implementations
of the PCMCIA specification. This can present some compatibility
and resource management issues that need consideration in order
to obtain optimum performance.
The Racore PCMCIA Token Ring
adapter is a very versatile unit that can accommodate virtually
all of the notebook computers on the market today. In order to
provide compatibility with a wide variety of machines, the Racore
PCMCIA software has been designed with several configuration
switches that are explained in detail in your operating manual.
Chances are, your adapter will function properly right out of the box. However, with some notebook computers, it may be necessary to employ one or more of the software configuration switches. The procedure explained below will assist you in getting off to a good start.
1. BOOT to a plain DOS environment. Your CONFIG.SYS file should have only one line as shown below. Do not use any memory managers, card & socket services, TSR programs or other software. Do not use any other PCMCIA devices at this point. EXAMPLE: DEVICE=C:\PCMDRI.DOS
2. OBSERVE the Racore enabler messages as the machine boots. In most cases, if the adapter's 12 digit node address is displayed, the adapter has enabled properly. The address will be reported on the line following the I/O Port address and Interrupt message. An example is shown below. If the enable process succeeded, you may now attempt to run diagnostics. If the node address line does not appear, the adapter did not enable properly and some adjustments will be needed. EXAMPLE: The LAN Node Address: 00 00 1A 00 12 34
3. ADJUST, if needed. This is
generally the traditional exercise of assigning the correct resources
so that no conflicts exist. You will be editing the enabler line
in the CONFIG.SYS file and rebooting. Start by trying a different
INT or PORT from default. These are explained below. In most
cases, only a single adjustment is needed. Other switches to
be tried are also explained below, i.e., WAB and VD.
4. DIAGNOSTICS. Once the adapter
enables properly, run diagnostics. Be sure to have your adapter
connected to the ring via the proper cable. If diagnostics passes,
you may proceed to completing the system's configuration, i.e.,
adding other PCMCIA devices, card & socket services and network
installation. If you receive an error message during diagnostics,
try the following:
If you are still unable to get diagnostics to pass, you will need to contact the Technical Support department.
5. COMPLETE THE SYSTEM. After you are able to run diagnostics successfully, you may add the rest of your system's components such as other PCMCIA adapters, card and socket services, and network software. As always, as you add additional components, you may need to make some adjustments to accommodate each component. For example, you may be directly enabling two PCMCIA devices that are both using the same INT.
The final objective is to get the network adapter driver to load, and to communicate on the network. As your network software loads, watch for error messages that indicate the adapter driver did not load. For NetWare, you may see a message that indicates that no PCMCIA device was found; for Windows, you may get a message that says a network service failed to start.
If you should receive an error
message when the adapter driver loads, the specifics of the error
message should give some indication as to what needs to be changed.
The most effective method of troubleshooting is to account for
all components of the system and eliminate conflicts, then double
check the network software configuration. Again, it may be necessary
to adjust the resource assignments as in step 3 above.
Windows 95 install tips:
Windows NT Install Tips:
For Windows NT version 3.x, in
the Configuration dialogue box, select the PCMCIA option. This
dialogue box opens automatically if you add the adapter during
initial install of NT, otherwise you must manually open it if
you add the adapter after NT has been installed.
For Windows NT version 4.x, see Support Document 7070.
IBM OS/2 Warp Version 3.x Tips:
When using the Racore PCMCIA
card with IBM OS/2 Warp version 3.x, make sure the most current
Racore OS/2 Enabler is used, PCMDRI.ADD and not PCMDRI.DOS.
Data Book Chipset Tips:
When using the Racore PCMCIA
card with Lap Tops that employ the Data Book chip set, the -vd
option must be added to the enabler line: DEVICE=PCMDRI.DOS -vd.
Refer to the most current Notebook Compatibility List, Support Document 3060 compiled by Racore for additional configuration suggestions when using the Racore PCMCIA card.