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HOW TO INSTALL THE ACER ALN-320 ETHERNET FAST ETHERNET ADAPTER
Last updated: 07/30/03

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  This completes the adapter installation, but probably not the network installation.  The network installation is completed by double-clicking the Network icon in the Control Panel.  The easiest way to do this is to install and configure network protocols, clients, etc.  to match another computer already operating on your network.  You will have to assign a different computer name at the Identification tab.  If you have an NT or Novell file server,  you will have to create and configure a user account, etc.  I will discuss setting-up network protocols, clients, etc., and trouble-shooting network problems in future articles.   Look for an article on networking two windows 95/98 Computers in the next few days--the main reason I wrote this article.

How to start over (I've had to do this more than once with this card):

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Click Start --> Settings --> Control Panel --> double click Network --> click the ALN-320 entry --> click "Remove" --> click OK

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Double click the System icon in the Control Panel --> Click the Device Manger tab --> click the + to expand Network Adapters --> highlight the ALN-320 icon if it is present --> click Remove.

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Get out of the Control Panel.

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Depending on the circumstances (e.g., to install new drivers, etc.) you may want to remove the following files from your computer before shutting-down to restart the process:

C:\WINDOWS\INF\ALN320.INF
C:\WINDOWS\INF\ALN320.PNF
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ALN320.SYS

checkbox.gif (68 bytes)  Restart Windows.  It should detect the board and allow you the opportunity to reinstall everything.

The floppy disk that comes with the adapter includes a diagnostic utility, ACERSET.EXE, which is useful for troubleshooting.  If you attempt to run it from a DOS Window in Windows you will disconnect your computer from you network and see misleading diagnostic errors indications.  Shut-down Windows, turn your computer off, boot to the DOS prompt by pushing the F8 key just as windows starts to boot, and run the program from DOS.  (You can also boot Win 98 to the DOS prompt by holding the Ctrl key just before the boot process starts.)  There is also an INSTALL.EXE program which will run the diagnostics and set up DOS ODI client drivers (if your need them; most don't) for Novell networks.

You may want to check your CMOS setup to make sure BusMastering is enabled, but that is the default on the many motherboards. I don't recommend  this unless you are sure you know what you are doing.

Obviously, there is no way I can provide instructions which anticipate every installation scenario or solve all of problems which may arise with all of the various network adapters on the market.  And, unfortunately, we are certainly not equipped to provide unlimited free advise.  But, time permitting, I'll try to answer my E-Mail.

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Larry

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