Network boot disk

Posted on 2008-10-27
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
I look after a small organisation with 30 workstations in an SBS 2003 domain. Each of the workstations is new and based around the Gigabyte GA-945GCM-S2l motherboards. None have CD or floppy drives.

I need to be able to re-image these workstations on a regular basis. As they don't have an internal CD, they will have to get the image from the network via a network boot floppy. At present, I use an external floppy drive to boot from.

I have Googled for a solution for this but all the popular boot disks require either to include the NIC driver in the boot floppy or to install a known NIC in the PC (which would not be practical in my case)

My problem is that I can not seem to find the needed NIC drivers (Realtek 8111, I think) in a *DOS* format that the boot disk (I am using BD355 from TeleData) requires.

I guess my question is in 2 parts:

* Where can I find the basic DOS driver for this mb? I have searched the Gigabytre site but the only driver I can find is an executable that installs the family of drivers. I can't find just the DOS driver

*Is there a better way to re-image these workstations without too much setup?

Any hints or tips (or URLs) would be greatly appreciated.

Question by:differduffer
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ID: 22818106

 I think you're considering the best way out there (answer to question 2)

About question 1, your chip is RTL 8111C chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)  and I'm going to google that rite now


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ID: 22818114
Could you please try those

they are for RTL8110S-32/RTL8110SB(L)/RTL8169SB(L)/RTL8169SC(L)

Doesn't take alot of time testing I guess... will google further more.
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andrew_aj1 earned 250 total points
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ID: 22818123
Direct link to previous posts' driver :

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ID: 22818127
andrew_aj1 found the right one forget my links get his
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ID: 22818659
Thanks Guys

I have downloaded andrew_aj1's link.
In it are 1 x .cat, 3 x .sys, 1 x .inf and 1 x .dll. Which of these is the DOS driver I need?

This what BD355 is expecting me to provide:

; Enter in a description of the card ie [3COM 3C90x Family Card]
; include the "[]" brackets as the example shows.
; ie:
;[IBM EtherJet 10/100 PCMCIA CardBus Adapter]
; The drivername can be found in the sample protocol.ini provided
; in the LANMANAGER driver folder supplied by the
; NIC manufacturer. (The "$" is not necessary)
; The dosdriver.ext is the name of the DOS driver file.  ie el90x.dos
; place the driver file in A:\netdrv
; Remove the comment ";" character from the 3 entries
; The order is important.  [description], drivername, dosdriver.ext.
; You may enter more than one NIC in newcard.ini

Hope you can help.....

Expert Comment

ID: 22818829
Hi back,

 I think you didn't cilck the good link on the page provided because the proper link does not contain such files (like no .dll). RTEND.DOS can be there: (direct-download link) :)

Hope it'll start you on the good track. If you need further help, please tell us,


Assisted Solution

Kaddict earned 250 total points
ID: 22818839
BTW you can find the link for the DOS driver on the page that has been provided under "DOS" / "NDIS2 driver for DOS (Support MSclient,Lantastic,Lanman,Norton Ghost)"

(link to the realtek 8111C driver page was

Author Comment

ID: 22873194
Oops, forgot to comment.

I have found the driver I needed, thankyou.

I have split the points evenly between both Kaddict and andrew aj1 as both provided assistance.

Expert Comment

ID: 22873466
To help the community it would be fine to link the driver to others, since people often search in the posts for their solutions

Thanks alot, and it's been a pleasure to help!


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