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Ghost Solution Suite with Lenovo X1 Carbon -- not able to load network driver

Created: 28 Mar 2013 • Updated: 02 Apr 2013 | 3 comments
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Okay, so I'll try to be detailed while being brief (if that is possible.) 

I have a new Lenovo X1 Carbon that needs to be imaged using GSS 2.5.

The only ethernet connection on this machine is a USB-to-Ethernet dongle. The model is an Asix Ax88772b. I am able to PXE boot to WinPE, but there is not an IP Address when booted to WinPE. I'm assuming this is because WinPE does not have the correct driver.

I found this forum article: https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/lenovo-x1-carbon-imaging-ds-71-ghost and tried downloading the attached driver. I tried downloading the Lenovo driver from their site. I tried exporting the driver from the copy of Windows 7 that came stock on the machine. I tried downloading Lenovo's SCCM driver, AND I tried downloading the XP, Vista, and 7 driver directly from Asix's site.

Whenever I try to import these into WinPE via the Ghost Boot Manager, it says "Failed to import driver (driver name). Failed to find any drivers to add."

I have successfully added drivers to the preboot images previously using these steps: http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?pag...

I have also tried throwing the drivers from these sites onto a flash drive, PXE booted, and used the "drvload" command to test them. WinPE says they loaded successfully. However, I am still not able to obtain an IP address.

My brain hurts and I'm frustrated. Any help? Any at all? Because you would be my hero. I would yell your name from the rooftops.

Thanks.

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EdT's picture

You cannot use a USB to Ethernet dongle under WinPE - simple as that....!

Make a USB stick bootable to WinPE and put your image on there instead.

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metallicshadows's picture

Wow, I wish I would have known this about 20 work hours ago. Thank you for the information! I did manage to PXE boot with an external drive attached with the image and deploy it that way. However, as my company is looking to purchase hundreds of these machines for executives, it is good to know I cannot mass-deploy through ghost due to this issue. Maybe a new imaging solution is required.

 

Thanks again, EdT! You're awesome!

EdT's picture

Imaging from a USB hard disk is both quick and simple. With a bit of WMI code added, you can autodetect the machine you are connected to and deploy the appropriate image from a library automatically. You can also build a GUI under WinPE using an HTA file format.

Given the low cost of external USB drives, it is quite a low cost solution to build a number of these drives and also supply them to your field engineers or tech support team for quick local rebuilds.

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