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Offline Halcyon

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[Solved] Driver Assistance: ISA NIC software for DOS
« on: June 13, 2015, 02:30:01 am »
Apologies for the "IT Support" thread however I'm a bit stuck. After days of searching, I'm still unable to find DOS packet drivers for either of these two network cards:

- Macromate MN-200CT (based on the AT/LANTIC II chipset; Made by Texas Instruments?)
- SMC 83C795QF (this came with a driver disk but only included drivers for SCO, Windows NT and later)

I basically just want to give an old machine of mine basic file sharing capability through MS-DOS as I have done with another 'vintage' computer I have.

From memory I think one of them might have worked with generic NE2000 drivers but I can't find any of those either.
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Offline ranch varment

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Re: Driver Assistance: ISA NIC software for DOS
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2015, 02:48:05 am »
i wonder if you could code it with c and its not that hard,  because they might be generic. (especially ipx)
 

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Re: Driver Assistance: ISA NIC software for DOS
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2015, 02:50:58 am »
i wonder if you could code it with c and its not that hard,  because they might be generic. (especially ipx)
That last time I programmed anything was using LOGO as a child and Visual Basic and HTML in high school :-)
(I'm more of a hardware/enterprise networking kind of guy.)
 

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Re: Driver Assistance: ISA NIC software for DOS
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2015, 03:15:34 am »
see if doom will recognize it?  or norton commander, but i can only remember doing twin serial com connection with that, im not sure if it had a more proper protocol.
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Offline John Coloccia

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Re: Driver Assistance: ISA NIC software for DOS
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2015, 03:27:47 am »
Don't know anything about these guys.  If you get some weird old school virus, like Joshi, or your computer explodes when you try to download it, or your coffee tastes different in the morning, or whatever, don't blame me.  :)

...but they do seem to have an ne2000 driver for DOS.

http://www.network-drivers.com/companies/715.htm
 

Offline Halcyon

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Re: Driver Assistance: ISA NIC software for DOS
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2015, 04:16:58 am »
Don't know anything about these guys.  If you get some weird old school virus, like Joshi, or your computer explodes when you try to download it, or your coffee tastes different in the morning, or whatever, don't blame me.  :)

...but they do seem to have an ne2000 driver for DOS.

http://www.network-drivers.com/companies/715.htm

Yeh those sorts of websites (including network-drivers.com) force you to download crapware before you can actually get the driver (if in fact they have it at all). Unless it's in a ZIP file, I'll pass :-)
 

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Re: Driver Assistance: ISA NIC software for DOS
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2015, 06:21:30 am »
The keywords you want to search for are "packet driver", ODI, freeDOS, freeTCP, NLM, NDIS, and crynwr.
The "AT/LANTIC II" looks to be a member of the DP83* series of controllers from National Semi. One of them was used on the ever-present Novell NE2000.

The second card is a SMC 8416T. A packet driver was made by Crynwr, I've attached it here.
 

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Re: Driver Assistance: ISA NIC software for DOS
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2015, 08:09:18 am »
Success!

It turns out those AT/LANTIC chipsets are actually NE2000 compatible and that the Microsoft Network Client 3.0 for MS-DOS has the proper drivers for it (including TCP/IP protocol support).

It was actually very painless to install, just a matter of running the setup program although it does use a bit more memory than the ODI drivers.

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