How to Build Your Own
(Slot A Processor)
Part 9 - Install the Network Adapter and MODEM
Last updated: 5/10/00
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.
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
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
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. 126.96.36.199.012) 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
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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