I am involved with networking two W98se PC's using a Netgear FB105 starter kit. One has an Elite K7S5A mobo and the other a MSI 745. Installation of the Netgear PCI network card in either immediately causes problems on rebooting. Usually,but not always the bootup fails to find either IDE secondary devices ( CDRom ) or the PS2 mouse. This does make installation of drivers etc difficult. I have tried all the usual tricks of changing PCI slots,taking out other PCI cards but situation does not change. Has anyone experienced this problem.
Thanks guys had an early night but now back on the job, Have tried most of these suggestions without any great success but will persevere. Off to buy a different network card to see if it is only a Netgear problem. Will report if/how/when I resolve it. Still like to hear from anyone else with experience with netgear cards.
I can actually give sound experience advice on this for once. I installed Netgear card on PC and it would not work at all. Eventually called in specialist who contacted NETGEAR them selves and the makers of the KS75A. The chip on Netgear card is totally incompatible with certain bios chips particularly the one on K7S5A mobos. We were supplied with DLinks free of charge and had no problems since. If I can find the letter from Netgear Ill email it to you. Jane
Thank you, that is just what I needed to know. I suspected something was upsetting the Bios by the bootup screens. Would be great if you could forward me a copy of the email. You have done far better than just offer advice you appear to have solved the problem. Stay around the site needs all the expertise it can get