EISA Configuration

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 configuration process.

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 Diskette').

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 configuration information.

    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 Diskette').
2. At the main menu, select Step 3, The View or edit details screen appears. 
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 

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