Dell PowerEdge 800 nic drivers

Posted on 2006-11-28
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I have just reinstalled 2003 on a Dell PowerEdge 800, everything went fine except I cant find the drivers anywhere, I input the service tag # at dells site and found two different Intel drivers however when I point the device in the direction of the unzipped file.. no go. Any ideas would be great.

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Expert Comment

ID: 18029082
Have you tried grabbing them from the intel site?
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Expert Comment

ID: 18029128
Do you still have the DELL Setup or Service and Diagnostic CD's.  They might have the right drivers for 2003
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ID: 18029194
I have and nothing, also I do not have the cd?
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Expert Comment

ID: 18029234
What does Device Manager show?  Are there a few UnKnown devices?

Expert Comment

ID: 18029488
I'm still confused on this pointing to the unzipped files....these are self-extracting .exe files and the install happens on the fly.  There should be no need for you to point it to the folder where it extracted.  It should do it all for you.
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Accepted Solution

Pber earned 125 total points
ID: 18029631
Dell's driver updates methods are dismal.

Download and run the driver.  Click Unzip and it will extract to a folder (c:\intel\W2K3).

Method 1,
Navagate to the c:\intel\W2K3\Base_Drivers and right click the INF files and select install.
Load Device Manager and Scan for Hardware changes.
Hopefully it will detect the right driver

Method 2,
Usually installing the ProSET will install the right drivers for you.  You can try this:
Navigate to the c:\intel\W2K3\MGMT_Apps\ProSET
Navidate ahead to find the file called Proset.msi
Execute that.
Drivers should install.

Method 3,
Load device manager and right click the unknown devices and select update driver.  
Select No, not this time for the Windows update and click next
Select "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)" click next
Click "Don't Search, I will choose the driver to install." Click next
Click Have Disk
Click Browse and browse the extracted files (c:\intel\W2K3\Base Drivers).
Select one of the INFs and click Open then OK.
Follow the rest of the prompts.
NICS should be detected.

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Expert Comment

ID: 18036785
Which method did you use?

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