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Part No. 09-1349-000/BO695D
Published April 1998
LAN PC Card

User Guide

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  • Page 1: User Guide

    Part No. 09-1349-000/BO695D Published April 1998 LAN PC Card User Guide...
  • Page 2 3Com Corporation. 3Com Corporation reserves the right to revise this documentation and to make changes in content from time to time without obligation on the part of 3Com Corporation to provide notification of such revision or change.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    ONTENT BOUT UIDE Introduction How to Use This Guide Conventions NTRODUCTION Features Requirements Network Driver Installation Options Troubleshooting Transcend PC Link SmartAgent Support Card Services NSTALLING THE Connecting the LAN PC Cards LAN PC C...
  • Page 4 Installing the Network Driver AutoLink for Windows 3.x, Windows for Workgroups, and 3-12 Supported Network Drivers ROUBLESHOOTING Testing the 3C589D PC Card Avoiding Memory Manager Conflicts Troubleshooting Tips HANGING Changing Power Management with Windows 95 Changing Configurations Settings with DOS Configuration Settings Descriptions...
  • Page 5 BOUT Verifying That Card Services Is Installed Using the 3C589D PC Card Without Card Services Avoiding Memory Manager Conflicts PECIFICATIONS Specifications LOSSARY NDEX FCC C LASS CE N OTICE ERVICES ERTIFICATION TATEMENT...
  • Page 6: About This Guide

    BOUT Introduction This guide describes how to install, configure, and troubleshoot the LAN PC Card (referred to as the 3C589D PC Card in this guide). If the information in the README.TXT file on the EtherDisk diskette shipped with your product differs from the information in this guide, follow the instructions in the README.TXT file.
  • Page 7: Conventions

    BOUT Conventions Table 1 and Table 2 list text and icon conventions that are used throughout this guide: Table 0-1 Text Conventions Convention Description Text represented as This typeface is used to represent displays that appear on your terminal screen, for example: screen display Login: Text represented as...
  • Page 8: Introduction

    NTRODUCTION The LAN PC Card shown in Figure 1-1 (referred to as the 3C589D-TP PC Card in this guide) is a network adapter that allows you to connect your PC to an Ethernet network using a 15-pin network cable. Figure 1-1 3C589D PC Card...
  • Page 9 1: I HAPTER NTRODUCTION The LAN PC Card shown in Figure 1-2 (the 3CXE589DC PC Card in this guide) is a network adapter that allows you to connect your PC to an Ethernet network, using the ® XJACK connector. The only difference between the PC Cards is the connector.
  • Page 10: Features

    Features Parallel Tasking speed. Power savings (when there is no network activity, the 3C589D PC Card turns off power to itself). Compliance with 10BASE-T and 10BASE2 standards. Integrated Card Services support. “Hot Swap” support (you can remove and replace the PC Card without rebooting the PC if you have Card Services installed).
  • Page 11: Network Driver Installation Options

    1: I HAPTER NTRODUCTION Network Driver Installation Options You must install the network driver on the EtherDisk diskette that allows the PC Card to work with your network operating system. The PC Card works with the following network operating systems: Novell NetWare NDIS 2.01 and NDIS 3 network operating systems including:...
  • Page 12: Transcend Pc Link Smartagent Support

    Transcend PC Link SmartAgent Support You can manage the PC Card using 3Com’s Transcend PC Link SmartAgent software. Refer to the Transcend PC Link SmartAgent Software User Guide for more information. Card Services Card Services, which is usually supplied with your PC, coordinates PC Card access to device drivers, utilities, and application programs.
  • Page 13: Installing The Lan Pc Card

    NSTALLING THE PC C This chapter describes how to install the 3C589D PC Card. Install LAN PC Card Connect network cable to PC Card Connect network cable to network Figure 2-1 3C589D PC Card Installation Unpack the PC Card. If any of these items are missing, contact your authorized network supplier immediately.
  • Page 14: Connecting The Lan Pc Cards

    Connecting the LAN PC Cards 1 Remove all PC Cards from your notebook computer and turn it on. 2 If you are connecting the 3C589D-TP PC Card, connect the PC Card network cable to the PC Card and to the network port.
  • Page 15 Insert the other RJ-45 connector into the network port. c Slide the PC Card all the way into the PC Card slot. 4 If you are connecting the 3C589D-COMBO PC Card, for 10BASE2 connections, connect the PC Card COMBO cable to the PC Card.
  • Page 16 2: I HAPTER NSTALLING THE 5 If you are connecting the 3CXE589DT LAN PC Card, connect the RJ-45 PC Card network cable to the PC Card XJACK connector. a Connect the network cable to the network port. b Slide the PC Card all the way into the PC Card slot. 6 If you are connecting 3CXE589DC LAN PC Card for 10BASE-T connections, follow the instructions above.
  • Page 17 Connecting the LAN PC Cards a Attach the BNC T-connector to the PC Card COMBO cable BNC port. b Connect the BNC T-connector to the network cable. c Slide the PC Card all the way into the PC Card slot. CAUTION: Do not force the PC Card into the slot or you may bend the pins inside the slot.
  • Page 18: Installing The Network Driver

    floppy diskettes, or CD) to complete the installation. 3Com includes the both the new NDIS 4 network driver and the NDIS 3 network driver on the 3C589D EtherDisk diskette. The 3Com software automatically detects which Windows version is installed on your PC and loads the correct driver.
  • Page 19: Which Windows 95 Version Are You Running

    3: I HAPTER NSTALLING THE The NDIS 4 driver works with Windows 95 OSR2 (version # 4.00.950B) but not standard Windows 95. You must use the latest NDIS.VXD (8/24/96 or later) to use the NDIS 4 driver with Windows 95 OSR2.The W95EL589.INF file loads the correct NDIS 4 driver for Windows 95.
  • Page 20: Windows 95 Version 4.00.950a

    Chapter 2. The New Hardware Found window appears and states that it has detected the 3Com Corporation 3C589D PC Card. 2 Insert the EtherDisk diskette. 3 Select Driver from Disk provided by manufacturer and click OK.
  • Page 21 Windows 95 (typically C:\windows\options\cabs) or insert the Windows 95 CD-ROM. If during installation, the 3Com driver cannot be found, enter A:\ to point Windows to the driver. When installation is complete, Windows 95 prompts for restart.
  • Page 22: Confirming Installation

    You’ve confirmed successful driver installation. Windows NT Before you begin, obtain the EtherDisk diskette shipped with your 3C589D PC Card and the Windows NT installation files (on hard disk, floppy diskettes, or CD-ROM). If Windows NT networking is not installed, you also need the following information from your MIS department.
  • Page 23: Windows Nt 4 Installation Without Networking Installed

    8 Insert the EtherDisk diskette into drive A and click OK. 9 When the SELECT OEM OPTION window opens, select 3Com EtherLink III (3C589D) LAN PC Card, and click OK. The Network Adapters list shows the 3Com EtherLink III (3C589D) LAN PC Card with a check mark on it.
  • Page 24 13 Click Next. The Network Services window appears. 14 Place a check mark in the box next to each desired service. 15 Click Next to continue. The next window states that Windwos NT is now ready to install networking components that you selected and others required by the system.
  • Page 25: Windows Nt 4 Installation With Networking Installed

    A drive, and click OK. 5 When the SELECT OEM OPTION window opens, select 3Com EtherLink III (3C589D) LAN PC Card, and click OK. 6 Enter the settings for the PC card. Select the appropriate settings for the card. In most cases,...
  • Page 26: Windows Nt Version 3.51

    PC. The driver installation is complete. To confirm installation, double-click the Network icon in the Control Panel. Click the Adapters tab. If the 3C589D does not appear on the list, see Chapter 4 for troubleshooting procedures. Windows NT Version 3.51 1 Make sure the PC Card is installed and connected to the network, as described in Chapter 2.
  • Page 27: Microsoft Windows For Workgroups (wfw)

    3: I HAPTER NSTALLING THE 9 Click OK to accept the default settings for the 3C589D PC Card or enter new settings. 10 If networking is already installed, enter the IP Address if prompted, and reboot the PC to activate the network.
  • Page 28: Before You Begin

    EL3C589D.DOS driver can be found. 9 Click OK to accept the default directory. Otherwise, if you need to specify the directory, type: a:\ndis2 10 Select 3Com EtherLink III LAN PC Card and click OK. Microsoft Windows for Workgroups (WFW) 3-11...
  • Page 29: Autolink For Windows 3.x, Windows For Workgroups, And Dos

    The driver installation is complete. AutoLink for Windows 3.x, Windows for Workgroups, and DOS If only one PC Card has been installed, you can use 3Com’s AutoLink NetWare ODI client software (including the driver), and to modify the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files.
  • Page 30 AutoLink for Windows 3.x, Windows for Workgroups, and DOS 4 Choose Auto Install and Config for NetWare (AutoLink). An OS selection screen appears. 5 Press Enter 6 Select AutoLink for DOS, Windows 3.x, or WFW 3.11. Several messages appear while the AutoLink program is running.
  • Page 31: Supported Network Drivers

    3-14 3: I HAPTER NSTALLING THE Supported Network Drivers These files in Table 3-1 are located in the HELP directory on the EtherDisk diskette. Table 3-1 Network Driver Text File Names Network Operating System Windows 95 Windows 95 NDIS 2 16-bit network driver Windows NT (v 4.0/3.51) Windows for Workgroups...
  • Page 32: Troubleshooting

    ROUBLESHOOTING This chapter provides information for isolating and solving problems that may occur during the installation and configuration of the PC Card. You can run the DOS diagnostic program for your installed PC Card when you need to: Test for setup/configuration and cabling Test for PC Card problems View PC Card statistics If you have already installed the network driver, you need...
  • Page 33: Testing The 3c589d Pc Card

    The PC being used as an echo server must have a 3Com adapter running at the same speed as the 3Com adapter.
  • Page 34: Avoiding Memory Manager Conflicts

    Avoiding Memory Manager Conflicts If you are not using Card Services and you are using an expanded (EMM386.EXE) or extended (HIMEM.SYS) memory manager on your PC, you must exclude an 8 K block of upper memory from use by the memory manager. The memory requirement is 4 K when the diagnostic tests are not running.
  • Page 35: Troubleshooting Tips

    4: T HAPTER ROUBLESHOOTING Troubleshooting Tips If the diagnostic tests fail, the PC Card may not be defective. The problem may be incorrect option settings, option settings that conflict with the settings of other boards, or improper installation. Read through the following tips and check your PC Card: Make sure that the PC Card is operating in a PC containing a PC Card standard and PCMCIA Release 2.01/2.1, Type II /Type III slot.
  • Page 36 Troubleshooting Tips To display the PC Card configuration settings, see Chapter 5. Use the drivers that are on the EtherDisk diskette that shipped with the PC Card. If you are running the Echo Exchange Test, make sure that the PC Card is connected to a properly cabled and inactive network and that an echo server is set up on the network.
  • Page 37 This chapter describes how to display and change the PC Card configuration settings by using the supplied DOS configuration program. The DOS configuration runs under DOS and at a DOS prompt in a PC with Windows 95 installed. Table 5-1 lists each software option, the default setting, and the other available settings.
  • Page 38: Changing Configuration Settings

    1 Click the Control Panel icon. 2 Click Systems. 3 Click Device Manager. 4 Highlight the 3Com EtherLink III LAN PC Card. 5 Click Properties. 6 Click on Enable or Disable power management. 7 Close the windows.
  • Page 39: Configuration Settings Descriptions

    When all changes are complete, press [Esc] to exit the program. Configuration Settings Descriptions This section describes each configuration setting for the 3C589D PC Card. Table 5-1 displays the possible values for each setting. CIS Memory Address The CIS Memory requires a 4 K segment of memory for drivers and an 8 K block when you are running diagnostics.
  • Page 40: Interrupt Request Level

    CPU resources under DOS improves network throughput. Power Management The 3C589D PC Card can shut down in the absence of LAN traffic to conserve power in your PC. Power management can be enabled or disabled. The default is enabled.
  • Page 41 Using the 3C589D PC Card Without Card Services If your PC does not have Card Services, the 3C589D PC Card uses the 3Com point enabler to manage system resources. The point enabler uses less memory, but does not permit another PC Card in the same PC.
  • Page 42 A: A PPENDIX BOUT The 3C589D PC Card requires 4 K for the CIS memory for normal operation (when you are running diagnostics, the PC Card needs 8 K of memory). The 3C589D PC Card searches the upper memory, finds the 4 K block that has been excluded, and uses this area for reading the contents of the CIS memory.
  • Page 43 The following table lists the physical specifications for the 3C589D PC Card. Specifications Table B-1 3C589D PC Card Specifications Network Interface 3C589D PC Card Physical Dimensions Length Width Height Weight Environmental Operating Range Operating temperature Relative humidity Card Information Structure (CIS) Memory Size...
  • Page 44 B: S PPENDIX PECIFICATIONS Table B-1 3C589D PC Card Specifications (continued) Network Cable Specifications UTP Cable Requirements: Category 3 LAN and high-speed data cable (10 Mbps) that meets the requirements of EIA/TIA-568 and EIA/TIA TSB-36 (for example, ® Anixter CM-00424BAG-3 or equivalent)
  • Page 45: Interrupt Request Level

    LOSSARY AutoLink A software installation program that configures the 3C589D PC Card, installs the DOS ODI client driver, and modifies PC startup files to allow you to log in to a NetWare server after you reboot your PC. Card Information Structure (CIS)
  • Page 46 LOSSARY NDIS Network Driver Interface Specification, developed by Microsoft and 3Com. A software specification used in network operating systems, such as IBM LAN Server or Microsoft LAN Manager, to create drivers for network adapters. NDIS drivers support multiple protocols and multiple adapters and can be unloaded from memory to conserve conventional DOS RAM space.
  • Page 47 NDEX Numbers 3Com point enabler A-1 AutoLink program 3-12 for NetWare client installation 1-4 AutoLink.Log file 4-5 avoiding memory manager conflicts A-1 cabling specifications B-2 Card Information Structure (CIS) memory size A-2, B-1 Card Services 1-5, A-1 CIS Memory Address 5-3 CIS memory range, excluding A-2 CONFIG.SYS file 4-3, A-2...
  • Page 48: Transceiver Type

    NDEX PC Card configuring 5-1 connecting to network cable 2-5 installing 2-1 requirements 1-3 troubleshooting 4-1 physical dimensions B-1 point enabler A-1 Power Management 1-3, 5-1, 5-4 power requirements B-2 running 3C589C PC Card diagnostic program 4-2 setup. See configuration software options default settings 5-1 specifications B-1...
  • Page 49 This booklet is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402. Stock No. 004-000-00345-4. NOTE: In order to maintain compliance with the limits of a Class B digital device, 3Com requires that you use quality interface cables when connecting to this device. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by 3Com could void the user’s authority to...
  • Page 50 CE NOTICE Marking by the symbol CE indicates compliance of this 3Com system to the EMC directive of the European Community. Such marking is indicative that this 3Com system meets or exceeds the following technical standards: 55022—”Limits Characteristics of Information Technology Equipment.”...

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