Category: Network and Modem
Manufacturer: International Business Machines
Caution Level: Intermediate
Download File Size: 80.5 KB
Operating System: Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Latest Version / Release Date: 188.8.131.52 / 07 Jan 2001
The IBM 10/100 NetFinity Fault ToleraNT Adapter is a type of fast Ethernet networking component that is designed to provide enhanced performance and increased availability of system resources to all connected network clients. The redundant Network Interface Card feature sets supported by the device driver allows for minimal downtime caused by Ethernet connection errors. Essentially the device driver is partially responsible for detecting any connection link failure on the primary connection and automatically switches to the secondary link of the network server. This is basically the process applied by the IBM 10/100 NetFinity Fault ToleraNT Adapter and its corresponding device driver to minimize downtime and limit the possibility of data loss. Generally in any network environment there is considerable continuous transmission of data packets among the interconnected computer systems. Once the network experiences downtime these packets will fail to reach their destination address and are therefore considered as data loss.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
The term fault tolerance as implemented by the IBM 10/100 NetFinity Fault ToleraNT Adapter actually is not limited to hardware failures but also extends to unexpected failures in software applications. For example a computer user may be working on a particular document and the word processing program freezes, essentially the unsaved data is considered lost. Fault tolerance for computer network environments are categorized in varying levels with the lowest being the state wherein the computer user can resume operation after the existence of the fault like in the case of a power failure. This means when the power is resumed (backup power or otherwise) the computer network can continue with its normal operations. Because of the existence of possible data loss and corruption many fault tolerant computer systems supported by the IBM 10/100 NetFinity Fault ToleraNT Adapter and its associated device driver resort to the use of mirror or duplicate systems which can be triggered to automatically go online once the main system fails. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and IBM 10/100 NetFinity Fault ToleraNT Adapter errors before installing any driver updates.