Windows XP no longer supports ISA Non Plug & Play Network Adapters !
If you have a new system (maybe just a few years old) with PCI-network card, you are OK.
if you have an older system and if you are still using ISA- network cards (for example in a system
acting as print-server or fax-server or as gateway to a cable-modem or ADSL line, systems with
low network traffic where "old" 10base2 or 10baseT network cards still do a proper job) and
you like to upgrade to Windows XP, you need to check a few items BEFORE upgrading :
My system uses an ISA 3C509 to interface to my ADSL-modem, but during the upgrade to
Windows XP, the 3C509 was not detected.
Since I had the same problem with Windows 2000 Prof, I thought that I could install do a
manual network card selection/installation (similar to Windows 2000 Prof.) :
(advance warning : a special installation is required , shown at the end of this document )
|In the Control-Panel :|
It will first search for some new
hardware, but not find any ISA
|Confirm, that the hardware|
(the network card) is already
|Since I am not connecting any|
hardware to a serial port or USB,
but a new device, I selected
"Add a new hardware device".
The next screen (no screen dump)
allows to search automatic or to
select manual : I tried automatic and
nothing was found, so I tried again
with manual selection.
then select from the list of
hardware type : Network Adapters:
no possibility to select any
ISA Non-Plug & Play network
It is time to make a compatibility test.
1) Use the Windows XP Installation CD-ROM : when inserted, it shows (via Autorun) :
"Check system compatibility" will get you:
First, I run on my systems the "Check my system automatically".
Below the result of my older system with an NE2000-compatible network adapter:
I would be able to fix the issue with memory and free up some disk-capacity,
I did found out about the "un-supported NetBEUI protocol" and to find out more about
my 3C509 and NE2000 network adapters, I visited the "Hardware Compatibility List" ( HCL )
on the Microsoft Website (www.microsoft.com/hcl):
I entered under "Search for the following" the type of my network adapters.
Result or my search for 3C509 and NE2000 :
Windows XP will only support the Plug & Play versions of these ISA network cards !
Windows XP will not support anymore the ISA non-Plug & Play version, which are configured
either via jumpers or via a software configuration utility (see details of supported versions )
I understand, that limiting network adapter support to PCI and ISA-PnP-card ( which are
configured by Windows XP ) will make the system more stable ( users can make mistakes when
trying to configure ISA Non-PnP Network cards, either configuring the network card itself or configuring Windows
with the proper values of the network adapter) and it will therefore reduce support efforts for Windows XP,
but it will force now the users to yunk these old, but reliable ISA network adapters.
At this time, I do not know, on whether this is the final statement of Microsoft on this subject,
or whether they will allow a download of drivers from their website (I could not find anything
on the Microsoft website).
If you have any info on this, I would appreciate to get an e-mail ( [email protected] ).
I could resolve my problem with the 3C509: I was using the 3C509 Plug & Play , which I had
configured to act as Non-Plug & Play (to be able to control the settings myself).
I reconfigured my 3C509 now to work again as Plug & Play version :
|On the next restart of Windows XP, it found the |
3C509 ISAPNP: the "Found New Hardware" did run as
an icon in my taskbar and installed the network driver.
below is the result of the search for some popular and widely used ISA Network cards:
However, there is a method to install such an Etherlink III 3c509 non-Plug&Play network cards under Windows XP.
However, there is a method to install such NE2000-compatible non-Plug&Play network cards under Windows XP.