Initially, disabling ACPI in BIOS caused error when restarting Win'98se. Asked to install Plug & Play BIOS. Turned out bios.vxd was missing from C:\Windows\System. Downloaded bios.vxd from driverguide.com and all seemed well as i was now able to install & configure NIC
Now i have the NIC configured and it's showing in device manager etc...
When i try to join the network i get error message: Unable to browse network. I am setting up a home/office network (Class C).
PC 1 IP:192.168.26.34 Subnet:255.255.255.0 O/S: XP home edition
PC 2 IP:192.168.26.35 Subnet:255.255.255.0 O/S: Win'98se
The NIC is sometimes disabled in Device Manager on restart, especially after i introduced the XP networking wizard Floppy disk to it!!!
Totally confused now, please help!!!
p.s. Last resort is to remove other PCI cards (Modem & Sound card) & "rebuild" system starting with NIC!!