Installing Racore 100VG/AnyLAN Adapters in NT 4.0 Workstations

Support Bulletin: 7020


This document contains instructions on installing a Racore 100VG/AnyLAN adapter in a Microsoft NT 4.0 workstation. This procedure can be performed on a new or existing installation.

Racore Adapter Models 8140*(EISA), 8141(ISA), 8156(PCI) 100VG/AnyLAN adapters.

* To install the 8140 EISA adapter, refer to the section at the end of this document: Installing the 8140 Adapter.

Racore NDIS driver and related files ( These files can be found on the Racore distribution disk, D9331-000-E Rev.E):

Rvgndis.sys 11/20/96 or greater

Rvgndis.dll 5/26/95 or greater

Readme.doc 11/20/96 or greater

Oemsetup.inf 11/20/96 or greater

Ndis.sys 11/20/96 or greater 11/20/96 or greater

Note: The following procedure has questions or key statements in Bold. Answers or selections are in italics.

Before starting: Verify that your adapter is functioning properly by running diagnostics on the adapter. Run diagnostics from the diags subdirectory of the distribution disk. Be sure to boot to a clean DOS environment. Do not load any drivers before running diags.

1. Starting point: On a previously installed workstation: From the desktop, select start, settings, control panel and the network icon.

On a new installation: At Windows NT Setup step 2: network configuration Window: Windows NT Networking is not installed. Do you want to install it now? select "yes."

The Network setup prepares setup.

2. Windows NT needs to know how this computer should participate on a network.

Select "this computer will participate on a network." Additionally, select "wired to the network."

Do not have setup search for an adapter, instead, manually select one from the list by clicking "select from list," use the "have disk" option and enter the path to the driver ( on the Racore distribution disk the path is a:\winnt ).

In the Select OEM Option, the Racore 100VG/Any LAN NDIS Driver is highlighted. (select OK)

3. Select the protocols that are used on your network. The options include:

  • TCP/IP (selected by default)

  • NW IPX/SPX Compatible (for use with Novell IPX Networks)

  • NetBEUI(for use with Microsoft Networks)

4. Select Network Services (all have been selected by default):

  • RPC Configuration (Remote Procedure Call, enables programs to perform procedures on multiple computers)

  • NetBIOS Interface

  • Workstation (Client SMB Service Message Block protocol)

  • Server (Enables support for the SMB Service Message Block protocol)

Add Client Services for NetWare if you are connecting to a Novell Network. Choose select from list, add, Client for Novell Networks.

5. Verify the adapter configuration in the RVGNDIS 100VG/AnyLAN Adapter Setup:

  • Base I-O Port -- PCI Card (if using PCI) -- I/O address (if ISA) -- EISA slot (if EISA)

  • IRQ Level -- EEprom/PCI value ( if using PCI) -- IRQ number (if ISA or EISA)

  • Network Address (optional)

  • Priority Transmissions ( optional, selecting priority designates this machine as having priority service at the hub.)

6. Select the Racore 100VG/AnyLAN Adapter Bus Location (applies to PCI and ISA)

  • Type: select bus type (PCI bus for PCI adapters, ISA bus for ISA adapters)

  • Number; select bus number (0 for the first PCI bus or an ISA bus)

7. If TCP/IP protocol was selected, certain protocol configuration information is now requested (DHCP use, IP address, subnet mask, default gateway).

8. The next screen reads: "You may use this page to disable network binding or arrange the order in which this computer finds information on the network." Here you can disable the use of a service by unbinding it to a protocol.

Show bindings for: all services

  • Client for Novell NetWorks

  • RCP Configuration

  • NetBIOS Interface

  • Server

  • Workstation

Windows will start the network

9. Specify your computer name and make this computer a member of a workgroup or domain

This completes the network portion of setup.

Once setup is complete, you are prompted to reboot. When you reboot, you may receive this message: You cannot be authenticated on server due to the following reason. The specified user does not exist. Add a user which can login to the NetWare network. From the start button: select programs, administrative tools, user manager, user, new user. Then add the user to the administrators group if you want those rights.

The NetWare login window will appear for a user running client for NetWare networks and prompt for NetWare login information: The preferred server. Check the box next to the run login script to use your NetWare login script.

You should now be connected to and able to access both Microsoft and Novell networks.

Installing the 8140 EISA Adapter

Install the driver in WindowsNT without the Adapter physically installed. Select resources when prompted: The address must match the address as seen by the diagnostics program. For the IRQ, choose an unused IRQ. IRQ 10 is typically unused. Install the adapter and proceed to run WindowsNT. WindowsNT will see the adapter and prompt you to install the driver, respond with NO.