EISA Configuration Diskette
You must use the EISA Configuration Diskette anytime you
want to change resource allocations, such as:
- Adding or removing devices
- Moving devices
- Changing device function
- Resolving conflicts
- Adding or removing PCI adapters
Each time you use the EISA Configuration Diskette to configure
the server, the configuration information is saved in a System Configuration
Information (SCI) file and in the NVRAM configuration. Only devices that
you install and configure correctly appear on the EISA Configuration screens.
Backing Up the EISA Configuration Diskette:
Use an operating system command, such as the DOS
DISKCOPY command, to make a complete backup copy of the EISA Configuration
Diskette. Using the backup copy can prevent damage to the original diskette.
The operating system documentation provides information on backing up diskettes.
Making Menu Selections:
When you start the EISA Configuration Diskette,
an introductory screen appears. Type CF at the prompt. After you press
Enter, the main menu, Steps in configuring the computer , appears.
The EISA Configuration program main menu contains five steps:
Step 1 Important EISA configuration information:
This step provides information
about the differences between the ISA configuration process and the EISA
Step 2 Add or remove boards:
If the server is configured correctly, this step provides
a list of the devices installed in the EISA expansion slots. The Add choice
allows you to add ISA devices to the configuration. If EISA adapters are
installed in the server, and you have not copied the .CFG file to the EISA
Configuration Diskette, you are prompted to insert the adapter's configuration
diskette into the diskette drive. The .CFG file is copied to your diskette.
If the adapter's .CFG file is copied to the EISA Configuration Diskette
before starting the diskette, and the adapter is installed in the server,
EISA devices are added automatically.
Step 3 View or edit details:
After adding EISA or ISA adapters in Step 2, use
the Edit selection of this step to configure them. Use the Edit Resources
selection of this step for complex configurations. If you change a setting
in this step, you might have to change a switch or jumper setting on the
system board or on a device.
Step 4 Examine switches or print report:
After Steps 1 and 2 have been completed correctly,
this step displays the correct switch and jumper settings for the installed
devices that have switches and jumpers. Also, you can choose to print a
system configuration report.
Step 5 Save and exit:
This step allows you to save the configuration
or to discard the changes before exiting the program.
Recording EISA Configuration Settings:
Record the configuration settings you made
in Step 3, View or edit details and Step 4, Examine switches or print report
on a separate sheet and store it in a safe place for future reference.
If a printer is attached to the server, you can use the Print Screen key
to print these settings. The settings are helpful when you install additional
options. Also record the new settings each time you make changes. Be sure
to record the current configuration settings for the user.
Starting the EISA Configuration Diskette:
Using a backup copy of the EISA Configuration Diskette
can prevent damage to the original diskette (see 'Backing Up the EISA Configuration
To start the EISA Configuration Diskette, do the following:
1. Insert the EISA Configuration Diskette into the diskette drive.
2. Power-on the computer, or if it is already on, shut down the
operating system and restart the computer.
3. When the first screen appears, type CF and press Enter. Follow
the instructions on the screen until the main menu, Steps in configuring
the computer , appears.
4. Use the Up Arrow or Down Arrow key to advance through the items
on the screen. Use the Tab key to select choices on the bottom of the screen.
Press the Esc key to return to a previous menu.
5. Press Enter to make a selection.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen to view or change (edit) the
Adapters installed in the server appear automatically
on the EISA Configuration screens after you copy the adapter's configuration
file (file with an extension of .CFG) to the EISA Configuration Diskette.
If you want to manually add an adapter that you have not yet installed
in the server, add it using Step 2 from the menu. To configure ISA adapters,
follow the instructions on the screen.
Using EISA Configuration Diskette Advanced Function:
Locking an ISA adapter reserves the selected resources
and prevents the system from using them to resolve resource conflicts.
Use the Advanced function to lock ISA boards. An exclamation mark (!) appears
next to locked adapters.
To use the Advanced functions:
1. Start the EISA Configuration Diskette (see 'Starting the EISA Configuration
2. At the main menu, select Step 3, The View or edit details screen
3. Press F7. The Advanced functions screen appears.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen to:
a. Lock or unlock boards
b. View additional system information
c. Set verification mode
d. Maintain SCI files