Connecting to the Colby Network - 95/98/ME

Before you start You will need to know the manufacturer name and model of your Ethernet card. See the package and/or manuals that came with your computer and/or your Ethernet network card (NIC). You may also need any disks that came with the Ethernet card, and the Windows95/98/ME installation disks. Your Windows machine should have a 10-BASE-T Ethernet card and cable. These instructions are a basic guide, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.

  1. Plug your Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on your computer and plug the other end into the Ethernet jack on the wall. (An ethernet jack looks like an extra-wide phone jack.) Turn on your computer. It should boot normally.
  2. Select Run from the Start menu. Type 'winipcfg' inthe Open command line. Click OK.
  3. At the IP Configuration window, confirm that your Ethercard is selected in the upper right (not PPP Adapter, for example). Click Release All. Click Renew All. If the IP Address field reads "" your adapter was already configured correctly and you are now connected.
  4. If winipcfg doesn't work the first time, click on the Start menu, point to Settings, and select Control Panels.
  5. Open the System control panel (for Windows ME, you might need to click on 'View all Control Panel Options'), and select the Device Manager tab. Click the plus sign next to Network adapters. You should see the name of your ethercard under this heading. If you don't see your card name, or if you don't see the section entitled Network adapters in Device Manager, close the System control panel and go to #7. Confirm that the green icon to the left of your card's name does not have a yellow warning symbol with exclamation point superimposed on it. Click OK at Device Manager and skip to #9.(If you DO have a warning symbol, go to #6.)
  6. If you have a yellow circle with an exclamation point, click once on your card's listing in Device Manager and click Remove. Say Yes when asked if you're sure. Restart, and WIndows should detect new hardware at startup. Feed Windows all the disks it asks for (ie the Windows 95/98/ME CD and your installation disj that came with your ethercard.) Once it is properly installed in the Device Manager (no more exclamation point), click OK at the System control panel. Go on to #9.
  7. Open the Network control panel. Under the Configuration tab, click Add..., double-click Adapter, then select your brand and model of ethercard and click OK, or, if your card is not listed, click Have Disk...and insert the installation disk that came with your card. After installing your adapter, restart.
  8. In the Network control panel, make sure the TCP/IP protocol is installed. Protocol icons look like gray lowercase gammas, or gray lowercase y's. If you're missing the TCP/IP protocol, click Add..., double-click Protocol, click Microsoft under Manufacturers, and double-click TCP/IP under Network Protocols.
  9. Double-click the TCP/IP protocol in the window on the Configuration tab of the Network control panel. If you have more than one TCP/IP protocol installed, double-click the protocol that includes your ethercard's name. Under the IP Address tab, select Obtain an IP Address Automatically. Under WINS Configuration, select Use DHCP for WINS Resolution. Under DNS Configuration, select Disable DNS. The Gateway, Bindings, Advanced and NetBIOS tabs can be ignored and left to default settings. Click OK. Click OK again at the Network control panel. When/if prompted to restart, click Yes.
  10. After restart, select Run from the Start menu. Type 'winipcfg' in the Open command line. Click OK.
  11. At the IP Configuration window, confirm that your ethercard is selected in the upper right (not PPP Adapter, for example.) Click Release All. Click Renew All. The IP Address field should now read "" Click OK. #10 and #11 will have to be repeated each time your computer is moved to a different location.