Windows NT 4.0- Network card not working

Netgear Fa411 network adapter
August 28, 2010 at 19:01:07
Specs: Linux i686
I'm having a bit of trouble installing a Netgear FA411 network PCMCIA card on Windows NT 4.0. At the moment, SystemSoft CardWizard for Windows NT says "A general network error has occurred in attempting to install the chosen card. You may attempt to reinsert the card to correct this problem", and on bootup, I get a message from Windows asking me to check the event viewer. All non-network PCMCIA cards appear to work fine (my modem card isn't giving me any problems), and the strangest thing is that when i uninstall the sound drivers, the network card works fine!

Both the sound and network cards worked fine simultaneously before I had the bright idea to reinstall NT to dual-boot it with Windows 95. I've tried reinstalling it again, wiping the Windows 95 partition, and the problem remains. Does anyone know how to fix this strange problem?

Thanks in advance for the help.

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August 29, 2010 at 04:39:45
Never played with pcmcia cards...; but seem to recall they are usually laptop kit?

Regardless... is there an irq conflict (between it and the sound card) - which previously you were lucky enuff to avoid?

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August 29, 2010 at 04:43:34
If you trawl out there using:

pcmcia irq conflict

as the serarch term/string... you will get more than few hits about irq issues with these beasties...

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August 30, 2010 at 08:11:37
Ensure Plug'n'Play is OFF in BIOS

If feassible set Sound to IRQ5 and Parallel Port to IRQ7 in BIOS, Mouse should be on 9, this should leave IRQ10 free for Network Card.

Also if you have 2 PCMCIA Slots one is ZERO and the other is ONE, best to put in ZERO

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September 5, 2010 at 23:32:35
If it is a CardBus card, good luck. I never had luck getting a CardBus card to work in NT 4.0; and NT 4.0 is funny enough when it comes to PCMCIA support.

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