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Network Driver for MAC

Created: 12 Dec 2012 • Updated: 12 Dec 2012 | 12 comments

Hi, I had a question. I have a Ghost Server which has my computer images. In order to download that image to a Mac computer, I need to boot it up wit a CD. I made a CD for windows computers, but I'm trying to make a CD for Mac. However, I'm having trouble finding a network driver for my Mac. First, I don't know what kind of driver my Mac uses. 2nd, I don't know where to download it. If you can help me I'd really appreciate it!  Thank you!   Cliffsmiley

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EdT's picture

A windows image is not going to run on a MAC, so what is the point of downloading it?  Am I missing something?

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Soylent's picture

Windows images do in fact run on any Mac on the Intel platform. We have been using USB drives up to this point. Now they have USB 3.0 and it's not supported by WinPE at all. So I am also looking to see which NIC driver is compatible with a Macbook Pro

EdT's picture

Just for the record, I had no problem running USB-3 devices under WinPE V2. What you have to bear in mind is that there is no "native" USB-3 support in WinPE (or Windows XP/7 for that matter), and consequently you need to load the appropriate USB-3 drivers for your machine into WinPE.  If there are any drivers shipped with your USB-3 drive ( as came with a WD 2Tb drive I have), then you need to load them also. You can do this from the command line using DRVLOAD.

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Soylent's picture

The problem isn't just the USB 3.0 device, it's the USB 3.0 port on the machine. In fact, a Symantec employee verified that Ghost/WinPEv2 currently does not fully support USB 3.0.

In my case, I am unable to access a USB 2.0 external drive on a USB 3.0 port

EdT's picture

So are you saying that I was deluding myself when I successfully ran a USB-3 device on a USB-3 port using WinPE V2 ?  

What that link fails to mention is that neither WinPE V2 nor VISTA, from which the WinPE 2 kernel is derived, supports USB-3 NATIVELY. However, if you load the correct drivers, you can support USB-3 not only on Vista, but even on XP.  

Being a Symantec employee does not guarantee technical excellence or even technical competence, as they are just as good as their experience level dictates.

I accept if you have some hardware that is poorly supported by the vendor in terms of drivers, then it may prove to be impossible to get it working with your hardware combination, but that is not due to any fundamental limitation in the Ghost product or WinPE.

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Soylent's picture

Nobody is doubting your technical prowess. I'm sure if I was trying to do the same thing on the same hardware as you, it would work too.

However, we are talking about running Ghost on a MacBook with USB 3.0.

The Macbook uses Intel's chipset, and Intel has no Vista driver for their USB 3.0 controller: (http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/usb3/sb/CS-0...).

Since Intel supports this driver on Windows 7, it is possible that WinPE 3+ may work on these machines.

So the point is that to maintain compatibility with future machines (and I'm sure Intel's USB controller will become standard), Ghost needs to be updated to WinPE3/4

Clifton Guo's picture

There is a MAC image on the Ghost server which my predecessor put it there. So I'd like to boot a MAC with a CD then connect to the ghost server.

Thank you!

EdT's picture

Hmm - any idea how the initial image was generated?  If it was achieved by removing the hard disk from the MAC and putting it temporarily into a standard PC, then that is a process you could try in reverse.

Unfortunately, I know nothing about MACs and whether it is possible to boot a MAC with any sort of client that can run Ghost and restore a previously taken image.

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Dpak D's picture

Ghost would not recognize the file system on MAC install.
Ghost supports FAT,NTFS,EXT 2/3 and for all other file systems, sector imaging is the only option and it should be the case here as well.The resulting image file is as big as the hard drive itself(not a viable solution but a workaround)

Any please send the make & model of NIC card for driver link

Soylent's picture

I am talking about installing a Windows image onto a Mac. No bootcamp, only Windows on the disk.

As for make and model of the NIC, it's some kind of Intel Thunderport "virtual" NIC. These new Macs do not have any ethernet ports.

Dpak D's picture

Only drivers fro Ethernet controllers could be added using Ghost Boot Wizard

Soylent's picture

Here's a great Symantec support article on how to create a Windows 7 (PE 3.0) boot image for Ghost: http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH194877