How to Properly install a network card driver in DOS

March 10, 2016 at 11:44:50
Specs: MS-DOS 6.22, na

Working with virtual box. I have dos installed with cdrom access. I have install drivers for multiple differect cards (Marvell Yukon, Realtek)

Here is the error I constantly get:
"Error loading device drivers YUKND.DOS"
Error 7306: The driver failed to initialize
YUKND.DOS was not loaded

Error 7321: Network-card drivers failed to load
Error 5733: The protocol manager has reported an incomplete binding

I have been all over the net and I am at a complete loss. I need to be able to do this to support legacy software here at a manufacturing plant and am having no success. Any help?????

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March 10, 2016 at 19:17:43
I don't know much about networking in dos but in general:

The DOS setup files/drivers for the network connection must match its specific hardware.

If this is just about connecting together some office computers then INTERLNK and INTERSVR which came with 6.22 may be adequate.

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March 11, 2016 at 04:27:28
Thanks for the reply, but it needs to be networked in a star topology. We have four PC's here running legacy dos applications. A system board is ready to die in one of the systems and I have a new build made with a sector by sector copy. Tried everything I could possibly think of to install network drivers. Always get the above errors.

I am working with both a virtual box install and an actual install, just to figure out how to do this

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March 11, 2016 at 11:57:00
Maybe this site will help:

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March 11, 2016 at 20:44:07
Let's see if we can get this moved to the networking forum where the real geniuses hang out.

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March 12, 2016 at 11:39:19
Being knowledgeable in networking doesn't make one so in the area of installing drivers in DOS. Regardless, thanks Dave! :)

I cut my teeth on DOS but it's been 17 years since I touched a DOS based machine. What I do remember off the top of my head is your two major configuration files for DOS in which all hardware is/was loaded and they are:
1) config.sys
2) autoexec.bat

As to which one you would load the NIC drivers in, I have no memory.

I can make two suggestions though at this point.

We have four PC's here running legacy dos applications

Suggestion 1: Look at one of the other DOS boxes and check which file the NIC drivers load in and ensure you're duplicating that in your "new" DOS box.

Suggestion 2: Find a way to update, upgrade or flat out replace the legacy applications.

Mind you, if you figure out how to get them to run virtually, that solves the issue nicely as well and once you have one working, you can spin up as many as you need, and have resources for at a moments notice.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Good luck.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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