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Looking for a recent an983.sys

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Albédo, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. Albédo

    Albédo Flightless Bird

    Hello from France.
    For some time now I've been having this problem: when I want to switch off the
    Ethernet connection from my XP SP3 machine, I get a dialog box stating that the
    connection cannot be interrupted manually (...). The only way I can stop the
    connection is go Peripherals (?) Manager>Network Cards>right click on
    Deactivate--a bit tedious, really.
    This has been occurring for a few weeks now, though I changed nothing to my
    configuration except using WinUpdate.
    From what I could find on the internet I should either update the driver of my
    Ethernet card or download a more recent copy of netcfgx.dll to
    c:/windows\system32. I have tried the latter, with no avail.
    As for the former, I just can't find any place from which to downloads the
    driver.
    My card is Carte PCI ADMtek AN983 10/100, and the installed pilot, an983.sys, is
    version 2.12.507.2001, dated 01/07/2001.
    Problem is, when I check sites that offer pilots, I can't find mine, as the
    query "Carte PCI ADMtek AN983 10/100" brings back things I don't understand.
    So I'd be very grateful to anyone who could help me with the following:
    1. apart from the two clues listed above, is there any other I could try?
    2. from what I could find the builder of my PCI ADMtek AN983 10/100 card is/was
    Novell (?), but they don't seem to exist anymore, they are never listed with
    existing makers?
    3. where can I find a an983.sys file?
    Thanks a whole lot in advance!
    --
    a.
     
  2. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams Flightless Bird

    "Albédo" wrote:

    > Hello from France.
    > For some time now I've been having this problem: when I want to switch off the
    > Ethernet connection from my XP SP3 machine, I get a dialog box stating that the
    > connection cannot be interrupted manually (...). The only way I can stop the
    > connection is go Peripherals (?) Manager>Network Cards>right click on
    > Deactivate--a bit tedious, really.
    > This has been occurring for a few weeks now, though I changed nothing to my
    > configuration except using WinUpdate.
    > From what I could find on the internet I should either update the driver of my
    > Ethernet card or download a more recent copy of netcfgx.dll to
    > c:/windows\system32. I have tried the latter, with no avail.
    > As for the former, I just can't find any place from which to downloads the
    > driver.
    > My card is Carte PCI ADMtek AN983 10/100, and the installed pilot, an983.sys, is
    > version 2.12.507.2001, dated 01/07/2001.
    > Problem is, when I check sites that offer pilots, I can't find mine, as the
    > query "Carte PCI ADMtek AN983 10/100" brings back things I don't understand.
    > So I'd be very grateful to anyone who could help me with the following:
    > 1. apart from the two clues listed above, is there any other I could try?



    The first thing to try would be to download the latest driver from the
    website of the maker of your computer. You haven't said what the maker is. If
    you built the computer, you will have to download the driver from the website
    of the maker of the PCI card.


    > 2. from what I could find the builder of my PCI ADMtek AN983 10/100 card is/was
    > Novell (?), but they don't seem to exist anymore, they are never listed with
    > existing makers?



    If the builder of your PCI card doesn't exist anymore, an updated driver may
    not be available. Drivers from other maker's cards are likely not to work.
    You may need to buy a new ethernet card, they are not expensive. Have you
    tried reinstalling the original driver that came with the card?


    > 3. where can I find a an983.sys file?



    Google might help you find a driver; however I would be reluctant to
    download a driver from any source other than the website of the maker of the
    computer or the PCI card, including Windows Update.


    > Thanks a whole lot in advance!
    > --
    > a.
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  3. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Albédo wrote:
    > Hello from France.
    > For some time now I've been having this problem: when I want to switch off the
    > Ethernet connection from my XP SP3 machine, I get a dialog box stating that the
    > connection cannot be interrupted manually (...). The only way I can stop the
    > connection is go Peripherals (?) Manager>Network Cards>right click on
    > Deactivate--a bit tedious, really.
    > This has been occurring for a few weeks now, though I changed nothing to my
    > configuration except using WinUpdate.
    > From what I could find on the internet I should either update the driver of my
    > Ethernet card or download a more recent copy of netcfgx.dll to
    > c:/windows\system32. I have tried the latter, with no avail.
    > As for the former, I just can't find any place from which to downloads the
    > driver.
    > My card is Carte PCI ADMtek AN983 10/100, and the installed pilot, an983.sys, is
    > version 2.12.507.2001, dated 01/07/2001.
    > Problem is, when I check sites that offer pilots, I can't find mine, as the
    > query "Carte PCI ADMtek AN983 10/100" brings back things I don't understand.
    > So I'd be very grateful to anyone who could help me with the following:
    > 1. apart from the two clues listed above, is there any other I could try?
    > 2. from what I could find the builder of my PCI ADMtek AN983 10/100 card is/was
    > Novell (?), but they don't seem to exist anymore, they are never listed with
    > existing makers?
    > 3. where can I find a an983.sys file?
    > Thanks a whole lot in advance!


    That chip is also used on a Linksys LNE100TX Version 5 Ethernet card. Driver
    support stops around 2001 on the Linksys site for that card, so there is no
    WinXP support in here. But at least you can see the PCI\VEN_1317&DEV_0985
    of the ADMTek AD983.

    http://homedownloads.cisco.com/downloads/driver/1224649822386/LNE100TX_v5_drivers.zip

    Those values are shown here, for confirmation it is the same chip.

    http://pciids.sourceforge.net/pci.ids

    1317 ADMtek
    0985 NC100 Network Everywhere Fast Ethernet 10/100
    1734 100c Scenic N300 ADMtek AN983 10/100 Mbps PCI Adapter

    Now, if I chase down that suggestion ("Scenic N300"), I can get a driver from
    Fujitsu-Siemens.

    http://ts.fujitsu.com/support/downloads.html

    "Personal computers"
    "further models"
    "SCENIC N Series"
    "SCENIC N320 (SiS661)"

    then select WinXP
    then select "LAN"
    then AN983B Fast Ethernet Controller (Onboard on D1761)

    http://support.ts.fujitsu.com/Downl...3B Fast Ethernet Controller (Onboard on D1761)

    The download file is FTS_ADMtekFastEthernetAdapterDriver__1000050.zip , 112076 bytes

    Inside, I can find an entry in NETAN983.INF, matching the entry in the PCI.IDS
    web page. This implies the driver package could support AN983 (no "B").

    %AN983.DeviceDesc% = AN983.ndi, PCI\VEN_1317&DEV_0985&SUBSYS_100C1734

    There is also an "an983.sys" file inside the Fujitsu driver package :)

    There are no guarantees these drivers will work without
    some modification or work. The Linksys LNE100TX V5 driver is
    for Win2K and not WinXP. The SCENIC N320 driver package is intended
    for AN983B, but the INF suggests the driver could also support
    the earlier AN983. I think the AN983B may be a product manufactured
    when the company name was Infineon (Infineon acquired ADMTek), while
    AN983 is when the company was still ADMTek. I was not able to find
    driver support from Infineon themselves.

    The chip may be some kind of "DEC Tulip" clone, in terms of its
    origins. So the design of the chip may have been done, many
    years ago...

    Paul
     
  4. Albédo

    Albédo Flightless Bird

    "Mark Adams" :
    > The first thing to try would be to download the latest driver from the website
    > of the maker of your computer. You haven't said what the maker is. If you
    > built the computer, you will have to download the driver from the website of
    > the maker of the PCI card.

    Problem is, I bought the machine from Rueducommerce, an on-line "assembler"
    (i.e. a firm who builds configurations and sells them). I have been through
    whatever documentation came with the machine but there was no indication I could
    find about the PCI card. All I know is that the mainboard came with its own
    manual and it is a K7S5A PRO. I guess this doesn't help much?
    I may ask Rueducommerce, but I bought the thing back in 2003 (decent stuff
    after all, I'd say), and seeing how fast things change is the computer
    business... but I'll ask them right away anyway.

    > If the builder of your PCI card doesn't exist anymore, an updated driver may
    > not be available. Drivers from other maker's cards are likely not to work.

    That's precisely why I thought I'd ask here first, because I've experienced
    before so-called "compatible" hardware which were not.

    > You may need to buy a new ethernet card, they are not expensive.

    I thought that's how it'd end, but then again the machine is 7 years old.
    But then again again it still works fine, so maybe you're right and I should try
    that.

    Have you tried reinstalling the original driver that came with the card?
    The only CDs I was then given (see how way back it all dates!) were the
    mainboard's, the videocard's (nvidia GForce4 MX) and XP's. So I guess the
    relevent driver is to be found on one of these, possibly XP if it is a generic
    driver? I'll looking through the three of them, though the driver may be in
    compressed form.
    At the moment an983.sys can be found here in my system:
    - C:/WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles
    - C:/WINDOWS\system32\dllcache
    - C:/WINDOWS\system32\drivers
    I'll try to copy-paste the file; is there any precaution I should take (like
    do it in safe mode)?

    > Google might help you find a driver;

    As I mentioned before I just can't seem to find a simple, plain answer to my
    query: it looks I have to download some unindentified "bundle", which I am
    reluctant to do_Or else I just can't tell what maker I should chose, so...

    > however I would be reluctant to download a driver from any source other than
    > the website of the maker of the computer or the PCI card, including Windows
    > Update.

    I am pretty sure that it is some update from WU that started messing with my
    PCI.
    Mark, I am aware you've already done quite a bit of an answer; I'd be
    grateful if you'd spare some more time and answer the few questions I may ask
    here again soon after I've been through the solutions mentioned hereabove.
    --
    a.
     
  5. Albédo

    Albédo Flightless Bird

    ....Wow, Paul! I'd never think someone would bother to go this far to help
    me. I am *very* grateful. Now, all that vocabulary really beats me (by far),
    so I'd just like to ask you (no guarantee included of course): knowwing that
    I am plain unable to perform whatever "modification or work" you mention, do
    you think I should download that file and install it? And if so, what
    precautions should I take, do you think?
    Thanks again, thanks in advance!
    --
    a.
     
  6. Albédo

    Albédo Flightless Bird

    I have tried to reinstall an983.sys manually through the device driver (?)
    interface, but though the file appears in three different locations:
    - C:/WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles
    - C:/WINDOWS\system32\dllcache
    - C:/WINDOWS\system32\drivers
    the first two failed (the driver was not found); as for the third, the "OK"
    button remained greyed.
    --
    a.
     
  7. Albédo

    Albédo Flightless Bird

    I have downloaded the zip file and extracted the .sys (which appears to be
    slightly different from the one I got: 38 Ko instead of 36, and dated 08/11/2002
    00:00 instead of 28/08/2002 23:59--don't these people work late at night ;-) to
    the Desktop, but when I try to install it through the device maganer (?)
    interface, I get a greyd "OK" button. Should I just replace the file manually
    (under safe mode)?
    --
    a.
     
  8. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Albédo wrote:
    > I have downloaded the zip file and extracted the .sys (which appears to be
    > slightly different from the one I got: 38 Ko instead of 36, and dated 08/11/2002
    > 00:00 instead of 28/08/2002 23:59--don't these people work late at night ;-) to
    > the Desktop, but when I try to install it through the device maganer (?)
    > interface, I get a greyd "OK" button. Should I just replace the file manually
    > (under safe mode)?


    FTS_ADMtekFastEthernetAdapterDriver__1000050.zip

    Unzip the downloaded file.

    Navigate to AN983B_XP_220.

    You should see three files.

    AN983.SYS
    NETAN983.CAT
    NETAN983.INF

    Right-click the INF file and select "Install".

    Whether the driver will install or not, depends on matching a line in the INF
    file. For example, this line is a particular instance of network card -

    %AN983.DeviceDesc% = AN983.ndi, PCI\VEN_1317&DEV_0985&SUBSYS_100C1734

    The SUBSYS entry, specifies a particular brand of network card, with the
    ADMTek chip on it. If the entry was like the following, it would be for *any*
    network card made with the ADMTek chip on it.

    PCI\VEN_1317&DEV_0985

    So when the SUBSYS field is missing, the driver matches more cards. This
    gives the driver writer, finer control of which cards the driver will
    install on.

    I don't know what the SUBSYS value of your card is. I could probably
    find it if I used Everest or a similar utility that identifies hardware.
    If you edit the INF file, it may be possible to force the driver to
    install.

    *******

    Another thing to keep in mind, is your options if this installation
    doesn't work right. If you go to "Device Manager", and navigate to
    that network card, then use the "Driver" tab, there is a
    "Roll Back Driver" button. That will undo one attempt at driver
    installation. It will not roll back an infinite number of levels,
    only the one level.

    A second option, would be to set a "System Restore" point, before
    attempting to install the drive. You can then restore that
    system restore point, if the driver change did not go well.
    System Restore allows more different points in time, than the
    single level of rollback supported by the "Roll Back Driver" button.

    Good luck,
    Paul
     
  9. Albédo

    Albédo Flightless Bird

    ....Hi again, Paul.
    *Many* thanks for the detailed explanations.
    I'll be on holidays in a few days and in the meantime I need to backup my old
    hard disk so I'll postpone the maneuver you mention until I'm back and can give
    it some time.
    Then I'll be back and let you know how it went!
    Cheers from France.
    --
    a.
     

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