Configuring ISA or EISA Features and Options (Server 330)

Configuring ISA or EISA Features and Options

Some ISA and most EISA devices come with option diskettes. These diskettes can contain any or all of the following types of information:

Configuration Files

A configuration file is required to configure the server for ISA or EISA adapters. You have to copy this configuration file, which has a file-name extension of .CFG , from the device diskette to the EISA Configuration Diskette before installing the device in the server. The configuration file reserves the system resources that the adapter needs to function properly.

Some ISA adapters come with a diskette that contains the .CFG file for the adapter. If you want to install ISA adapters that do not come with their own .CFG files, you must create a .CFG file for each adapter.

To create a unique .CFG file for an ISA adapter:
  1.  Insert the IBM PC Server EISA Configuration Diskette into  diskette drive A.
  2.  Start the configuration utility program.  See 'Starting the Configuration/Setup Utility Program' if necessary.
  3.  At the main menu, select Step 2, Add or remove boards.
  4.  At the next menu, select the slot  in which you installed the adapter.
  5.  At the next screen, select OK.
  6.  At the next screen, press F5; then,  select Create &period.CFG file&period.
  7.  Press Enter&period.
  8.  At the Create a Board .CFG File screen,  type in the adapter manufacturer and description (for  example, IBM Token Ring); then press Enter&period.
  9.  Refer to the adapter documentation for information about specific  configuration parameters (such as IRQ or DMA channel)  required for the adapter.  Then, follow the instructions on the screen to  enter the appropriate parameters on the menu.

    NOTE:   Normally, ISA adapters do not use every parameter. Most adapters  require only a port address.

  10.  The controllers on the server requires specific memory  and I/O address assignments to function properly.  To avoid  configuration conflicts, do not assign the following memory and  I/O addresses to other adapters or:

      A0000 - C7FFF

  11.  After you type in  all of the appropriate parameters, press F10
  12.  At the next screen, carefully verify that the information is  correct; then, press Enter
  13.  At the Add Confirmation window, press Enter again.
  14.  In the next window (add), press Enter

     The adapter description appears in the selected slot.

  15.  Verify the installation; then press F10
  16.  At the next menu,  select Save and exit the configuration utility

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