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Driver Installation

Network Interface Card (NIC) Driver Installation for Microsoft Windows 95/98/Me

Before you start

Note: These instructions are general installation instructions for Microsoft Windows 95, 98, and Me. For specific instructions on your NIC or system, refer to your vendor documentation.

You have already physically installed your network card. If not go here.

You will need your Windows installation CD and the driver disks that came with your Network Card. This will be on a CD-ROM or a floppy disk.


When you turn your computer on after installing your card you should get a pop up box showing that Windows has discovered your new hardware.

Windows should recognize your new NIC properly as an Ethernet Controller, Network Interface Card, Network Card or a similar name. As long as Windows recognizes your new NIC as a network card and not a video adapter, sound controller or some other expansion card proceed to Step 3.

Next, Windows will look for your card its built in database of NIC drivers. If Windows has a driver for your card it will display the Driver Found window. Go to Step 6.

If Windows can't find a driver for your card, you will need the driver disk(s) that came packaged with your card. If your card did not come with driver disks you will either have to contact your vendor for the supporting files or go to your NIC manufacturer's support web site and download the drivers to a disk or CD on another computer.

Click the "Other Locations" button on the "Update Device Driver Wizard" window. This will allow you to browse your computer for the necessary driver files. If your NIC came with a floppy disk you will need to select the A: drive. If your NIC came with a CD-ROM or you have already copied the driver files to your computer you will need to select their location. When you highlight a folder with driver files in it, the "OK" button will go from pale to bold. Click the "OK" button and go to the next step.

Windows will copy the necessary files over to the hard drive.

If your NIC driver has more than one disk you will get a window saying that Windows can not find the necessary files. Click on the "Browse button" and locate the necessary files. If your files are on a floppy disk usually the only thing you need to do is remove the first disk, insert the second and select the A: drive again. Otherwise you may need to manually locate the missing files. If you get a pop up window saying there is a version conflict like the one below click "No".

When Windows finishes copying over the files you should get a window asking you if you want to restart your computer. Click yes.

Go to the Configuring your Network Settings page.

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