Drivers for network cards

May 24, 2010 at 05:45:42
Specs: Windows 3.11 on a flash drive , ?~5 MB
Hello, I installed Windows 3.11 on a flash drive
now I'll have to find a driver for network card
"Realtek RTL8102E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet
NIC" So they exist for Windows 3.11, or not?

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#1
May 24, 2010 at 06:39:21
By the way, I found the Windows XP file rtenicxp.sys So is it
possible to install it in Windows 3.11 or not

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#2
May 25, 2010 at 02:03:07
Very possible. You have to hunt and if they exist you'll get them especially if the card was made in the 1990s. Beyond 2000 it gets tougher if not impossible.

I had the same problem. Went through a bunch of ethernet cards in the junk box at work and finally found one that a driver was available for. Rejoicing followed...

An XP driver in a 3.x OS will not work. The file you need to see in a win 3.x driver package is OEMSETUP.INF and it is worthwhile to give any driver that are specified for old NT a try - they might work if lucky.

There's nothing more satisfying when you see the device come up on the list. Good hunting and good luck!


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#3
July 3, 2010 at 21:52:32
how to find information on a network card.?

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#4
July 3, 2010 at 22:27:28
You should start a new post for this in the General Hardware forum.

First thing I'd do is look for a manufacturer and model number printed on the card. Next, if that fails, would be to look for names and numbers printed on the chips that are soldered to the card. Give the information you have, operating system, etc. and then maybe we can be of some help.

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#5
July 4, 2010 at 05:28:17
8139 realtek exists for 3.11, so it is quite likely. Get the entire package with the .com file if possible.

The file for the 3.11 you are looking for in the driver package is OEMSETUP.INF - if it has that file you know it will work, unless it is intended for old NT.

You'll want that so you can use a text browser like DOSLYNX, because the browsers for 3.11 of the 1990s struggle with today's major internet news, sports and entertainment websites.

I use DOS for email too! Windows 3.11 can handle other texty stuff with Gopher clients, Forte Free Agent and WS_FTP.

Welcome to the retrotech club and good luck with your legacy system.

Here's a website with a selection of packet drivers...

http://www.georgpotthast.de/sioux/p...


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#6
July 4, 2010 at 09:20:37
Different people MisterGopher; gotta assume different NIC's too.

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#7
January 10, 2011 at 00:53:06
Don't know if you resolved this, but I believe the driver you need is the NDIS2 one --second one under the "DOS" heading on this page:

http://218.210.127.131/downloads/do...


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#8
January 10, 2011 at 03:26:37
if you don't have WfW you will need a client for dos to use a network card like microsoft network client or microsoft lanmanager for dos which are now available for free on ftp://ftp.microsoft.com somewhere. if you do have wfw things will be alot easier, faster, and smoother. personally, I have had more problems with lanman and ms client than any other program i have ever used. there were all sorts of memory complications, general exception faults, error messages where i had to look up the codes because what it told you was not what the numbers actually meant.

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#9
February 5, 2011 at 18:41:08
Following up on Jz, you will likely also need TCP/IP:

Microsoft TCP/IP-32

ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/Softlib/MSLFILES/TCP32B.EXE


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