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Created: 02 Aug 2012 • Updated: 03 Aug 2012 | 6 comments
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I'm trying to pull an image off of a new model of laptop we're using, it's a Lenovo Edge E430.  I pxe boot the laptop to our Ghost server, and I'm trying to install the NIC driver using drvload...  The driver I have is not working, and I've tried downloading from Lenovo and Realtek.  I've even tried the drivers we use for all of our other Lenovo models and nothing seems to work.  Anyone have any ideas?

 

Thanks,

Nathan

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EdT's picture

Are you using Vista 32 bit drivers?  That is what WinPE requires regardless of the operating system on your target machine.

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Nate 54's picture

I tried every driver for every operating system lol, I'll make sure to give that one another go...

 

 

Thanks,

Nathan

Nate 54's picture

Ok, I found the correct driver from Realtek's website.  All is good.

 

Thanks,

Nate

EdT's picture

Some clarifications:

1. You definitely need Vista 32 bit drivers if using the version of WinPE that ships with GSS 2.5.1.2266

2. If you have a working operating system on one of your Edge machines, check the Device ID (ie the hardware ID) of the NIC. Then make sure that the INF file of any candidate driver includes that Device ID in the list of supported devices.

3. The driver files need to include an INF, CAT and SYS file as a minimum, although it is not uncommon to find DLL files in the driver set as well. Drivers in any other form, eg EXE, need to be unpacked to extract the actual files.

4. This will only work for the Ethernet (wired) NIC. WinPE does not support wireless NICs as these require the full operating system to support the ancillaries. USB connected NICs are likewise not supported.

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BugTastic's picture

Vista Drivers on winPE - Yet something else obvious missed out on the user guide. Pffft.

Joe.

 

 

EdT's picture

There are different versions of WinPE - 1.x is based on the XP kernel, 2.x is based on the Vista kernel and 3.x is based on the Windows 7 kernel.

Unfortunately documentation is often written by technical people who assume their audience is equally technical. Personally, I favour applications that don't need me to read a manual in order to use them.....

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