SSR 2011 - need to figure out NIC driver for Recovery
OK, we have a workstation to bare metal recover. I have a good image from SSR's last run. The workstation is an Acer Veriton, a bit over 3 years old, with Windows XP - SP3. I've verified twice with Acer's own TechSupport that I do have the correct NIC drive copied to a flash drive. In fact I have all four driver sets off the Acer OEM install but I know mine is a RealTek controller. Start the Recovery CD, it doesn't find a driver automatically - that's expected. In SSR UI, I point SSR to the flash drive and it sees the driver(s) after navigating to the correct folder on the flash drive. Double Click to open/load.
SSR reports the driver's in place and has ben succesfully loaded.
But, no network. I can't browse to the NAS because I get "Network adapter not found". (or words to that effect).
I also went to the RealTek website and downloaded and unzipped their latest driver supposedly for this NIC. Placed this on the flash drive. Same result.
I still have access to the "sick" HDD and so I tried navigating to the Windows\DRV\ folder. Same result.
Word of caution for ANYONE reading this: If you're going to use a network share, better make darn sure you can successfully load this driver. Take the extra step -now- by firing up the CD on your equipment and find/locate/load the driver now while you still have a chance. Take pains to save the driver to seperate media and then repeat these steps with the CD and seperate media. Don't do what I did - that is: trust that everything will work because you'll be disappointed.
So, good people: What's the secret of getting SSR to load the NIC driver? Can I use some sort of a "generic" NIC driver that SSR will like?
Hope someone can point me in the right direction...