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I have a strange problem with a token ring card. Not sure if it's a networking issue or a Win95/98 isssue. so feel free to move the thread.

PC is a Gateway PIII 600mhz, 128mb RAM running Win98 SE. As part of our "recycling" program, this PC was replaced. I formatted the drive, reloaded Win98, reloaded all of our office's apps, and everything was fine for three weeks. Suddenly, the user tells me they can't hit our local server. I take a look in Device Manager, and have an error on the token ring card (IBM NDIS 16/4). Tried updating the driver, but upon rebooting, got error saying "There is a problem with IBM NDIS token ring adapter, it may need to be reinstalled". Removed it, rebooted, put it back in, rebooted, installed the drivers and gave it the ok to reboot again. Same message. 100% positive I'm using the right driver. Just for fun, I took that card out and put in an Olicom token ring card. While Win98 is loading, I get a BSOD saying there is a problem with ntkern.vxd? Have also tried two other IBM cards, still no luck. Any ideas? Thanks for your time!!
 
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Try pinging the card with loopback 127.0.0.1 It should return a normal "ping" if the card and drivers are installed correctly. Also, check the spped on the cards....everything has to be the same speed on Token Ring
 

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Nope, won't ping. I about to throw it out the window! I've installed the same card with the same driver in dozens of other PCs. Speed is set right.
I'm thinking of just letting it sit there until the ethernet (finally!) is wired later this spring. Thanks for the tips!
 
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The only other thing that comes to mind is an IRQ conflict. I'm a little rusty on my IRQ assigments but I think that 5 may be the LPT2 port that's rarely used. Try going to the device manager and then to the properties of the card and change the IRQ there.
 

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I checked IRQ, can't find any conflicts, don't have an LPT2 on this one. I've never had a machine beat me down like this one. Doesn't make any sense.
 
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