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How to Build Your Own Athlon Computer
(Slot A Processor)
Part 9 - Install the Network Adapter and MODEM
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Also see How to Build a Computer with a Socket A Athlon or Duron Processor

BOARD/DRIVE INSTALLATION ORDER.  One thing you don't want to do is plug in all of the boards at once.  Install them one-at-a -time.  I installed the network adapter first and temporarily configured it for my shop network so I could get at software downloads, test software, etc. hosted on my NT file server.  Next, you should consider installing the MODEM and configuring it for the Internet.  Again, you may need it to download software and your computer will be Internet-ready if you want to register products online.  Some of the V770 applications require an Internet connection during their installation.

121  Remove all of the expansion board slot covers except the one adjacent to the AGP slot and the one furthest to the left.  Put the covers in the motherboard box and the screws in the bowl.

122.  D-LINK DFE-530TX NETWORK ADAPTER.  I installed the network adapter in the fourth PCI slot from the right.  After installing the card and making sure it is seated properly, plug-in the power cord and turn-on the computer.  Windows should detect the card and bring-up the Add New Hardware Wizard.

123.  Click Next when the Wizard is displayed, leave the Search for the best driver for you device (recommended) radio control selected, click Next.

124.  Insert the D-Link floppy, check Floppy disk drive, click Next.

125.  Insert the Windows CD when prompted (if you have not copied the cab files to, and installed Windows form, the hard disk).  If the cab files are on the hard disk, Windows 98 should install everything for the adapter without intervention.

126.  Click the Finish button when Windows has finished its work, remove the floppy disk, and return put the floppy in the motherboard box.

127.  Click Yes when Windows prompts to restart the computer.

128.  See How to Network Two Windows 95/98 Computers and other networking articles in the Digest to complete the network installation.

129.  Test the network adapter and configuration on your network.

130.  AOPEN FM56-PM MODEM.  Check the *.inf files in the windows\drivers directory on the AOpen CD to see if you have the latest version of the MODEM drivers.  The *.inf files on the CD I received were dated 5/4/99 which is the same date as the *.inf files in the latest update (ver. on AOpen's web site as of 11/10/99.   You can wait to do this step until after the MODEM is installed and the Internet is configured, but you may have to reinstall the MODEM if the files on AOpen's site are newer.  It is advisable to follow the same procedure for any board, etc. you install in a computer, MODEMs in particular.

131.  The MODEM was installed in the shared PCI slot furthest to the right.  With the computer unplugged insert the board, screw it down, and make sure it is seated properly.  Plug one end of the phone cable which came with the MODEM into the RJ11 jack labeled "Line" and the other end into the telephone wall jack.

I normally do not connect MODEMs to soundboards or to the MODEM Ring Wake Up connector on motherboards that have them.  This motherboard has a MODEM connector although it is not mentioned or shown in the motherboard book.

132.  When Windows boots-up it will detect the MODEM and fire-up the Add New Hardware Wizard.  Click Next at the first screen.

133.  At the next Window select   Specify a location, click Browse, and point Windows to \windows\drivers directory on the CD-ROM.  Click OK in the next Window.  Windows should then install the drivers without incident.  It may ask for the Windows CD if you do not have the cab files on the hard disk.   You may wish to install the BitCom and other software on the CD.  I didn't.

134.  Put the CD in its jacket and put the jacket and the MODEM cables, etc. in the motherboard box.

135.  Configure the MODEM for the Internet per your ISP's instructions and test the MODEM, web browser, E-mail, etc.

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