PicLan Version Release Announcement

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PicLan Version is currently being released for all platforms and clients

February 28, 1998

PicLan version is currently being released for all platforms and clients.  This release includes a number of signifigant bug fixes and new features.  Because this is a signifigant release, most users should consider upgrading to this release.  Also because this is a signifigant release, it currently has BETA status, so users should excercise caution for the next several weeks.

This release consolidates a number of interim releases and features including:

PicLan version has the following bug fixes and additions (this list is relative to version

Bug Fixes

PCI Network Adapters

A bug in the programming of 21041 adapters with TP interfaces has been fixed.

A problem with the PCI driver interface that programs 21041 network adapters with a half-duplex twisted-pair interface has been corrected. This bug would force users to run 21041 adapters in full-duplex mode, which in turn would create an excessive number of network collisions reducing network performance and in some cased impacting on connection reliability.

Win32 Printing

Some problems using the WIN printer path through the Windows DSG have been reported.

The method of implementing the WIN printing path inside of the Windows DSG has been re-implemented.  This new code should make printing through the Windows DSG more reliable and versatile.  In addition, the WIN printer paths can now specify printer names, network paths, or local device names.

Mentor PRO

Some systems experience a NAT SOFTRAP abort when running PL-LOAD

This bug has been fixed in  It appears this is a conflict between a PicLan function and the system's BIOS.  The PicLan function has been modified to avoid the problem.

GP Fault in PLTW.EXE

A General Protection fault in PLTWD.DLL was fixed.

New Features

Additional PCI Support

Additional support has been included for PCI adapters in the Pick host

For Pick hosts that support PCI adapters, a number of new adapters have been officially supported and tested.  The list of PCI adapters now includes:

100 Megabit adapters are also working in both 10 Megabit mode and 100 Megabit mode (using 100 Base T cabling).  Code in the PicLan driver for 100TX and 100FX interfaces is included, but this has not been tested.  Network performance at 100 Megabits is still being tested but appears to be quite good.  Look for an application note on this in the near future.

Win32 DSG

PL-DSG32.EXE is a new PicLan program.

PicLan now includes a 32-bit executable as a Windows DOS Services Gateway. This new program has the following enhanced features:

The 32-bit DSG does not currently support direct NetWare print paths, although you can still print to NetWare by using a Windows path or named printer.

Print Job PRE and POST Control Records

New control items allow print jobs to include pre and post control codes.

These functions allow the system administrator to setup a print queue to automatically setup a printer configuration without changing the jobs that generate the print files themselves.  This is intended so that you can create print queues that automatically place a printer in landscape mode, or automatically setup a font size.

SERVER-PROCESS Spooler Poll-Time Setting

The amount of time that the SERVER-PROCESS waits between checking the spooler is now programmable.

You can now set the delay time between SERVER-PROCESS spooler polls to any value from 10 to 60 seconds.  While this is not really necessary for most sites, enough people asked for it to justify it's inclusion. The PL-KICK-SERVER command remains the preferred method of reducing the delay in network printing.

Windows Socket Usage Changes for Win32

A number of changes have been made to PLAN32S.EXE to make Windows 95 and Windows NT installations more versatile.
All of these options are setup with PL_SETUP.EXE

The main limitations that these changes address are:

Because of the number of possible configurations with Windows 95 and Windows NT, Microsoft and Novell clients, advertising DOS Services Gateway processes, multi-homed adapters, and IPX routing not all possible combinations have been tested.  As such, you should start with these guidelines: