Top Content CHAPTER 2. INSTALLATION OF THE ADAPTER

For network driver installation, refer to the corresponding readme files on the Installation Diskettes and to Chapter 3 of this documentation.

Top Chapter INSTALLATION OVERVIEW

If you are testing a previously installed adapter, skip to Step 5.
The installation of the adapter requires completion of the following steps:

Each of these steps is described in detail in the following sections.

Top Chapter QUICK INSTALLATION

If you are in a hurry, follow these simple instructions to install your network adapter:

Note: The Quick Installation is only recommended for experienced users!

  1. Remove the network adapter from the anti­static bag. Be sure to discharge the static electricity from your body by touching a protective grounding device or the metal chassis of your computer. Always handle the adapter carefully by its edges and avoid touching any of the components or connectors.
    ISA Set the dip switches; referring to the tables
  2. Turn off your computer, unplug the power cord and remove the computer cover. You will probably need a flat blade or Phillips type screwdriver to remove the screws securing the computer case.
  3. Select a free expansion slot and insert the adapter until it is properly seated in the slot. Secure the adapter.
  4. Replace the computer cover and connect the network cable to the newly installed network adapter. Reconnect the power cord and plug it into the power outlet.
  5. If you need to change some of the settings on your network adapter, your computer's configuration tool and select the required settings (does not apply to most ISA computers). Save the settings and turn off your computer. The new settings will take effect the next time you turn your computer is booted.

Top Chapter STEP 0/ISA. DIP SWITCH SETTINGS

The following section describes the configuration of the adapter, including

Note: If problems occur or if you do not have the required configuration information for your system, please contact your network administrator.

If you do not use the default settings, follow these steps:

  1. Figure 5. Position of Jumper and Dip SwitchesSelect the IBM compatibility of address lines SA 17 ... SA 19. If address lines LA 17...LA 19 are the only to be supported (non compatible to IBM), skip to instruction 2 of this list.

    If the computer is IBM compatible in regards to the bus master transfers, remove jumper W1. To locate its position on the card, refer to figure 5.

    If the jumper is set (default position), the card may be installed in a non-IBM compatible computer.

  2. Address
    Switches at W2 "ON"
    No. 1
    No. 2
    No. 3
    0100
    -
    -
    -
    0120
    -
    -
    x
    0180
    -
    x
    -
    01A0
    -
    x
    x
    0220
    x
    -
    -
    0240
    x
    -
    x
    0320
    x
    x
    -
    0340
    x
    x
    x

    Select the Input/Output base address of the adapter by setting the dip switches No. 1, 2 and 3 of bank W2 (refer to figure 5). Use the table below to specify the base address.
    Check the system and adapter I/O address areas. Select a range that is not already in use. Refer to the computer's reference manual to get information regarding the system I/O area.

  3. Select the interrupt by setting the dip switches on bank W4, using the following table.
    Note: Only one switch should be set to position ON. Setting more than one switch to the ON position may cause damage while operating the computer.
    Check the system and adapter cards interrupt settings. Select an interrupt which is not already in use. Refer to the computer's reference manual for information on the system interrupt settings.

  4. Interrupt
    Switch at W4 " ON"
    IRQ 15 No. 1
    IRQ 12 No. 2
    IRQ 11 No. 3
    IRQ 10 No. 4
    IRQ 3 No. 5
    IRQ 4 No. 6
    IRQ 5 No. 7
    IRQ 9/2 No. 8
    Select the DMA channel for the adapter by setting the switches 1 to 8 on the dip switches on bank W3 (refer to figure 5); refer to the table below. Check the system and adapter cards DMA level utilization. Select a DMA level that is not already in use. Refer to the computer's reference manual to get information on the system DMA level utilization.

    Note: Only one pair of switches may be set to position ON. Setting more than one pair of switches to ON may cause damage while operating the computer.

    DMA
    Switches at W3 "ON"
    DMA7
    No. 1 & No. 2
    DMA6
    No. 3 & No. 4
    DMA5
    No. 5 & No. 6
    DMA3
    No. 7 & No. 8
  5. If remote booting is desired, install the optional remote boot software. This software enables the computer to load the operating system via the network. In this case, the computer operates as a diskless workstation.

    To install the boot software, follow the instructions given in the boot software documentation or in the readme files contained in the diskettes. By specifying a base address for the boot PROM, a free area of main memory is allocated from this address on. The setting is applied via the switches No. 5...8 on bank W2 (refer to the appropriate table).

    Note: If remote boot software is not available or not required, do not change the settings of switches 5...8 on bank W2. They must be in position OFF. (This is the default position, boot PROM disabled.)

    Address
    Switches at W2 "ON"
    No. 5
    No. 6
    No. 7
    No. 8
    disable
    -
    -
    -
    -
    DC000
    -
    -
    -
    x
    DA000
    -
    -
    x
    -
    D8000
    -
    -
    x
    x
    D6000
    -
    x
    -
    -
    D4000
    -
    x
    -
    x
    D2000
    -
    x
    x
    -
    D0000
    -
    x
    x
    x
    CE000
    x
    -
    -
    -
    CC000
    x
    -
    -
    x
    CA000
    x
    -
    x
    -
    C8000
    x
    -
    x
    x
    C6000
    x
    x
    -
    -
    C4000
    x
    x
    -
    x
    C2000
    x
    x
    x
    -
    C0000
    x
    x
    x
    x
  6. Make a note of the selected configuration here. (After changing the settings or after installing the remote boot software, correct the corresponding entries which were previously made.)

Continue with Step 1.

Top Chapter STEP 0/MCA. UPDATE THE BACKUP COPY OF THE COMPUTER'S REFERENCE DISKETTE

Note: The following instructions apply to IBM computers; with other systems, the procedure is similar. If you have a non-IBM system, refer to your computer's reference manual to ensure proper configuration.

Before you install the adapter in the computer, you need to update the backup copy of the computer's Reference Diskette with the information that is on the diskette which came with the adapter. (The diskette which came with the adapter is referred to as the Driver Installation Diskette.) The computer does this for you automatically.

To update the backup copy of the Reference Diskette, follow these steps:

  1. Insert the backup copy of the Reference Diskette into diskette drive A.
  2. Boot your computer. When the (IBM) logo screen is displayed, press Enter.
  3. When the Reference Diskette Main Menu is displayed, use the arrow keys to move the selection bar to the "Copy a Driver Installation Diskette" option. Press Enter.
  4. Follow the instructions in the program screens.

Note: You may have to swap the Option and Reference Diskettes during the update process.

Continue with Step 1.

Top Chapter STEP 1. REMOVE THE COVER FROM THE COMPUTER

  1. Turn off the computer (power switch in OFF position).
  2. Unplug the computer from the power outlet.
  3. Refer to the Safety Information chapter in the beginning of this manual for instructions on disconnecting the cables that are connected to the computer. Follow these instructions carefully.
  4. Follow the instructions in the section of the computer's reference manual that describes the removal of the computer cover.

Continue with Step 2.

Top Chapter STEP 2. INSTALL THE ADAPTER IN AN EXPANSION SLOT

Notes:

To install the adapter in an expansion slot, follow these steps:

  1. SAS Find an empty expansion slot on the system board.
    DAS Find two adjacent empty expansion slot on the system board (except PCI DAS: only 1).
  2. Go to the section of the computer's reference manual that describes adapter installation.
  3. To remove the expansion slot cover(s), follow the corresponding steps in the computer's reference manual.
  4. Remove the adapter from its static-protective package. Refer to the Handling Instructions for additional information.
  5. Follow the instructions in the computer's reference manual for placing the adapter in an expansion slot.

    Note: Make sure that the adapter fits properly into its expansion slot connector at the base of the computer's chassis. Then press down the adapter vertically until it snaps into place. Refer to the next figure 6.

Figure 6.  Installation of an adapter in an expansion slot
Figure 6. Installation of an adapter in an expansion slot

Because models vary, your computer and the adapter card may look different to the one shown above.
Continue with Step 3.

Top Chapter STEP 3. REPLACE THE COMPUTER COVER AND RECONNECT THE CABLES

Follow the instructions in the section of your computer's reference manual that describes the computer installation.

To reconnect the cables disconnected in Step 1, follow the instructions given in the Safety Information chapter in the beginning of this manual. Do not connect the FDDI cables at this time. Leave the computer powered OFF, and continue with Step 5 for ISA installation, otherwise continue with Step 4.

Top Chapter STEP 4/EISA. START AND CONFIGURE THE COMPUTER

Note: The Configuration Program of your EISA computer may be installed on the hard disk. If so, start the Configuration Program and skip to instruction 3.

Available Interrupt settings 5 9 10 11

To restart and configure the computer, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that the Configuration Diskette is inserted in diskette drive A.
  2. Turn on the computer. Start the Configuration Program of your EISA computer by following the instructions given in the computer's reference manual. When the Main Menu of the Configuration Program is displayed, select the appropriate option to install an EISA adapter (if the adapter is not detected automatically).
  3. Go to the corresponding part of the computer's reference manual and/or follow the instructions given in the configuration program.
  4. When you are asked to add the configuration file, insert the Option Diskette 1 in diskette drive A. Add the configuration file !SKD0100.CFG, following the instructions given in the computer's reference manual or in the Configuration Program until the installation is complete.
  5. Save and quit the Configuration Program.

Continue with Step 5.

Top Chapter STEP 4/MCA. START AND CONFIGURE THE COMPUTER

Note: The following instructions apply to IBM computers; with other systems, the procedure is similar. If you have a non-IBM system, refer to your computer's reference manual to ensure proper configuration.

Available Interrupt settings 3 9 10 11

To complete this step, you need the working copy of your computer's Reference Diskette. To start and configure the computer, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that the working copy of the computer's Reference Diskette is inserted in diskette drive A.
  2. Turn on the computer. When the logo screen is displayed, press Enter. The computer displays a screen similar to the following.

        Adapter Configuration Error - 00165	 Page  1 of 1    
        If you have installed or removed an adapter, run
        automatic configuration.
        If you have not installed or removed an adapter, do
        not run automatic configuration. Continue until the
        Main Menu appears. Select "Test the computer" to
        determine the cause of this error and what action to     
        take
    
        Automatically configure the system?    (Y/N)
    
    Figure 7. Typical Adapter Configuration Error Screen

  3. At the bottom of this panel, type Y to automatically configure the computer to recognize the new adapter(s).

    Note: If the Adapter Configuration Error screen does not display, the adapter is not correctly installed. Go back to Step 2 and repeat the installation procedure.

  4. If an error occurs during automatic configuration, contact your service representative or an authorized reseller.
  5. When automatic configuration is complete, a message is displayed. Press the ENTER key to return to the Main Menu, and continue with Step 6.

Top Chapter STEP 4/PCI. START AND CONFIGURE THE COMPUTER

Basically, there are two methods for configuration:

Top Chapter STEP 5. TEST THE ADAPTER

There are two ways to test the adapter:

Note: For the transceiver tests, the following prerequisites apply:

Adapter type
Cables / Plugs Connectors
SAS Copper One wrap plug RJ-45
MIC One wrap plug MIC
SC One wrap plug SC
DAS Copper Two wrap plugs RJ-45
MIC Two wrap plugs MIC
SC Two wrap plugs SC

Refer to the following figures:

Figure 8.  Wrap Plug and Cables for the Loopback Test
Figure 8. Wrap Plug for the Loopback Test (e.g. MIC)

Figure 9. RJ-45 Loopback
Figure 9. RJ-45 Wrap Plug, Pin Assignment

Figure 10. Removal of the Process Plug
Figure 10. Removal of the Process Plug

To test the adapter, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the computer. If the adapter is connected to the network, remove the FDDI cable (plug) from the transceiver. If applicable, remove the process plug(s) from the transceiver(s). Refer to the figure. If you want to perform the test without loopback, skip to the next step.
  2. fiber Insert the wrap plug(s) into the transceiver(s).
  3. Boot with DOS and wait until the operating system is loaded and the DOS prompt is displayed on the screen..

    If you are not able to initiate DOS or if the DOS prompt does not appear, check your configuration.

  4. Insert the Driver Installation Diskette 2 (which was delivered with the adapter) in diskette drive A.
  5. For EISA adapters , type: SKFEDIAG

    For ISA adapters, type: SKDIAGFI -g[I/O] -i[INT] -d[DMA] -h

    replacing
    • [I/O] by the current I/O port number and
    • [INT] by the current interrupt number
    • [DMA] by the current DMA channel number
    • Use -h for high memory

    For MCA adapters , type: SKDIAGFM

    For PCI adapters , type in: SKFPDIAG

  6. When the Main Menu of the diagnostic program is displayed, select
    Diagnostics if you want to perform the test without loopback or
    Diagnostics with Loopback if you want to perform the test with loopback.

    Several tests are performed. This will take 1 to 4 minutes. After all the tests are passed, a message is displayed.

      SK-NET FDDI-FE DIAGNOSTICS v4.04 (961210) 
      VDS not installed                            Single attachment station  
      Output none 
      Media Original PMD   Connector MIC 
      Slot 4  IRQ 11  DMA 7 FPROM inactive
      MAC-Address 00-00-54-41-35-75
    
      Exit
      Diagnosics
      Diagnostics with Loopback
    
      FPROM
      Board register check...........passed
      Onboard time check ............passed
      Onboard memory check...........passed
      DMA engine check...............passed
      LAN interface check............passed
      Throughput Test................passed
      *** All tests passed successfully ***
    
      Measuring DMA speed
      DMA speed: 5.498 MB/s 
      *** DMA speed measured successfully ***
    Figure 11. Typical Message Screen of the Diagnostic Program

The adapter is now ready for use (if the protocol drivers have been previously installed).

Note: The adapter is only operational if a protocol driver is loaded.

If an error occurs, follow the instructions given in the message displayed on the screen. Please check configuration and run the test again.
Press any key to continue.

Top Chapter If a Test Fails

  SK-NET FDDI-FE DIAGNOSTICS 
  VDS not installed                            Single attachment station  
  Output none                                    Streaming Data disabled 
  IO Port 0x2000  Slot 2 IRQ 9  DMA5 Fairness on    FPROM inactive
  Exit
  Diagnosics
  Diagnostics with Loopback

  FPROM
  Board register check...........passed
  Onboard time check ............passed
  Onboard memory check...........passed
  DMA engine check...............failed
  

Please check configuration and run the test again

Press any key to continue
Figure 12. Typical Error Message Screen of the Diagnostic Program

If an error message instructs you to reseat the adapter, follow the procedure listed below:

  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Repeat Step 1. Remove the Computer Cover.
  3. Make sure that the adapter is correctly seated. You do not have to remove the adapter. Just lift the adapter so that the adapter connector and the connector on the system board are clear of each other. Press firmly on the adapter until it is seated correctly. Verify that you have followed the instructions for Step 3 and Step 4.
  4. Return to instruction 4 and the following instructions of the preceding procedure list to repeat the test.

    If the problem persists, contact your authorized reseller or the SysKonnect Sroduct Support.

  5. To quit the Diagnostics Program, select the Exit bar in the Main Menu.
  6. If applicable, remove the wrap plug. Reconnect the adapter to the network.
  7. fiber only: If you do not intend to connect the system to the FDDI network right now, reinsert the process plug into the optical transceiver. The process plug will protect the optical transceiver from dust accumulation.

Continue with Step 6.

Top Chapter STEP 6. ATTACH THE FDDI CABLE TO THE ADAPTER

To complete this step, you need the following items:

Adapter Type
Cables Connectors
Correct Keying
SAS Copper One UTP (Cat. 5) or S/UTP cable RJ-45
-
MIC* One fiber-optic cable MIC
x
SC** Two fiber-optic cables SC
-
DAS Copper Two UTP (Cat. 5) or S/UTP cables RJ-45
-
MIC* Two fiber-optic cables MIC
x
SC** Four fiber-optic cables SC
-

* MIC cabling systems generally use cables with two fiber-optic cores (SC cables: 1 core per cable)
** For two fiber-optic SC cables, one duplex cable can be used instead.

An optical bypass switch, if appropriate.

To connect the computer to the network, attach an FDDI cable to each installed adapter.

DAS Note: (Fiberoptic MIC only): In a dual attachment configuration, the FDDI cable keyed A is always connected to the transceiver labeled A, and the cable keyed B is always connected to the transceiver labeled B. In SAS installations, the cable and the transceiver have to be keyed S. (The MIC adapters are delivered with correct default keying.)

Figure 13.  Attachment of the FDDI Cable
Figure 13. Attachment of the FDDI Cable

Installation of the adapter is now complete. For future reference, store these instructions with your computer's reference manual.
The adapter is now ready to be connected to your FDDI network.

Note: The adapter is only operational if a protocol driver is loaded. Refer to chapter 3 to load the appropriate driver(s).

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