PCMCIA Network Card

Microsoft Microsoft windows nt server 4....
September 29, 2009 at 10:27:52
Specs: Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Terminal Server Edition, Intel Celeron 366MHz
I have an old laptop running NT4 Terminal Server Edition with SP6 installed. It's running Abyss Web Server X2 to run a website. Everything seems to run very smoothly and efficiently. However, I want to use a wired PCMCIA ethernet card, instead of the Cisco Aironet 340 PCMCIA wireless card that's in there at the moment. I therefore went eBay and purchased a Xircom card, as I've had no hassle with Xircom PCMCIA network products on NT4. However, the card I bought, a Xircom CreditCard Ethernet 10/100+Modem 56 doesn't seem to work properly on NT4. I installed the latest NIC drivers (I don't care about the modem), and restarted the system. The driver seems to load (as described in Event Viewer), but the LEDs on the dongle keep turning on and off, like the card is being initialised constantly. DHCP can't get an IP address, except for once it worked fine, until I rebooted. All this was done with the default IRQ, Base I/O and Memory Addresses. I tried messing with the IRQ, I/O and Memory Addresses in the hope it would fix something, but it just causes NT to lock up when the driver loads.

I've uninstalled and re-installed NT networking loads of times, just incase it was a protocol binding problem that was stopping the network connection. After putting back in the Cisco card, and installing the drivers, the laptop is back on the network, so I don't think it's a problem with binding.

This card must work on NT4, as it was released when NT4 was still at large, so they wouldn't get away with writing some non-operational driver. I've tested the card on XP and it works fine straight away.

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#1
September 29, 2009 at 10:28:40
Btw the exact model of the card is Xircom CEM56-100

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#2
September 29, 2009 at 12:25:44
Correct Intel (Xircom) Drivers:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sea...


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#3
September 29, 2009 at 12:47:34
That is where I got the drivers from (ver 2.70)

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#4
September 29, 2009 at 23:57:59
Does the Laptop have two pcmcia slots, sometimes they only work on Slot0 ??

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#5
September 30, 2009 at 08:30:11
I've tried on both, no luck. I think it might be some sort of weird conflict, the system does lock up sometimes on boot. I've tried all sorts of free IRQ, Base I/O and Memory addresses that i've found from Windows NT Information

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#6
September 30, 2009 at 12:35:26
Ok, I've uninstalled NT Networking, then re-installed with MS Loopback Driver, then installed SP6. Then I went to install the network drivers. Now the lights on the dongle turn on, and it just hangs on boot whichever slot I put it in. The drivers are post-2000

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#7
September 30, 2009 at 12:35:37
*post year 2000

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#8
October 1, 2009 at 08:45:09
Ok, I fixed it. Just disabled the laptop's internal modem and it all started working. Seemed the driver was trying to grab a COM Port address to redirect to the Network/Modem card, but the port was already being used.

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