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Installing the 3Com 3C589x under H/PC Pro


Applies To

  • Windows CE 2.10
  • Windows CE 2.11, SP1
  • Windows CE 2.12


3Com never formally released driver for the 3C589x series (3C589, 3C589B, 3C589C, 3C589D) of PCMCIA Network cards for use with Handheld PC Professional and above.



These experimental drivers are provided for the convenience of Handheld PC users however are not supported.

3Com do not offer these drivers as a download from their site and do not offer support for them. Use at your own risk.

HPC:Factor has created two distributions based on the original 3Com beta release. These are available from the CESD download centre.

The first is a Host installer which will integrate with ActiveSync and automatically detect the device and processor attached to the computer.

The second file is a Handheld PC driver package in a zip file. Allowing you to manually select the processor type and bypass the ActiveSync process.

More Info

These drivers are based on the 3Com code for an experimental driver set for the 3C589 chip when running under the Original Windows CE 2.10 release of Handheld PC Professional. There are significant known compatibility issues with using these drivers under Windows CE 2.11 or 2.12 based systems. As such HPC:Factor is unable to warrant that the driver will operate successfully under your device.

To install the drivers.

Microsoft ActiveSync Installer

  1. Download 3c586ce.exe from the download link
  2. Double click the exe file on your Host computer to begin the installation process
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen

Handheld PC Professional SH3, SH4, MIPS, StrongArm:

A MIPS environment patch has now been created and is available from the CESD Download centre.

  1. Download 3c589ce-standalone.zip from the download link
  2. Open the zip file in a compatible zip file reader
  3. Upload the 3c589.<Processor>.cab file to your Handheld PC through ActiveSync, External storage or by extracting the cab file onto your Handheld PC
  4. Exit all open programs
  5. Double tap the 3c589.<Processor>Cab file to begin the installation process. Follow the instructions on the screen
  6. Once installed power down and Soft Reset your Handheld PC
  7. With the card properly attached to the network insert the 3C589x card into the PCMCIA slot of your device
  8. If you are prompted to specify a driver name type 3c589.dll and tap OK
  9. After a few seconds the 3Com tray icon should appear and an active Network connection will be established

Uninstalling the update

To uninstall the 3C589x Driver:

  1. Remove the 3C586x Network Interface Card from you Handheld PC
  2. Tap Start
  3. Settings
  4. Control Panel
  5. Open the Remove Programs Applet
  6. Select '3COM 3C589 Ethernet Drivers'
  7. Tap Remove. The Update will now be uninstalled
  8. Soft reset your Handheld PC

To uninstall the 3C589 files from your computer:

  1. Click Start
  2. Select Run
  3. Type:
    C:\WINDOWS\IsUninst.exe -f"C:\Program Files\3COM\3c589 Windows CE Device Driver\Uninst.isu"
  4. Click Ok