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Network Card Drivers That Must Load in Conventional Memory

Article ID: 107347

Article Last Modified on 9/26/1999


  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11

This article was previously published under Q107347


To operate correctly, certain network card drivers require that you load them into conventional memory. These cards all use bus-mastering direct memory access (DMA) for transferring data, which prevents the drivers from being loaded into the upper memory blocks (UMBs).

Below is a list of these network adapters and the corresponding driver names.

   Network card                                Driver name

   Advanced Micro Devices AM2100/AM1500T        AM2100.DOS
   DLINK DE500 VLB                               DE500.DOS
   Exos 105                                     AM2100.DOS
   Novell/Anthem NE1500T                        AM2100.DOS
   Novell/Anthem NE2100                         AM2100.DOS
   Zenith Data Systems Z-Note                   I82593.DOS

For testing, load the network drivers into conventional memory by replacing the NET START line in the AUTOEXEC.BAT with the following line:

net start /nohi

Additional query words: 3.11

Keywords: KB107347