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Receiving PRO0008E Invalid Decimal Digit in PROTOCOL.INI File error with Ghost bootdisk created for Dell GX760

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I will try to be as thorough & concise as I can. We have received Dell GX760 model PCs & I am attempting to create a Ghost bootdisk for them so I can create & save an image to be used.

Normally what I have done in the past is unpacked the driver installation & used the Ghost Boot Wizard to create a Drive Mapping Boot Package bootdisk utilizing the .dos driver. During the bootdisk creation we select the function 'DHCP will assign the IP settings'. We enter our domain and mapped drive and essentially follow the pre-defined defaults. Nothing extraordinary.

For whatever reason, the .dos driver from the Dell site just doesn't seem to work and the error in this question title keeps coming up. I've Googled the message & there isn't any IP addresses to edit or add spaces in the PROTOCOL.INI file since DHCP is automatically assinging the address.

I've tried using previous Dell GX755 and GX745 model drivers and some of our other older Dell bootdisks and no luck. I've been to Intel's website and downloaded the PRODOS_v13_5.exe file and using the driver included in there with no luck. I've tried looking up the DOS drivers for the Intel 825xx Gigabit platform but there aren't any to be found. It seems they are tailored by the OEM from the PRODOS_v13_5.exe source....

Our Ghost package is currently version 11.0.2.1573

If anybody has had a similar issue and been able to resolve it, I'd appreciate some feedback.
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Try to use Symantec Universal Packet Driver (included in Boot Wizard driver's library) instead of Dell's drivers.

Good luck and let us know if it got resolved.
Igor
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Thank-you Igor. While we didn't exactly solve it the way we had thought we would, it actually led us down a different path with our Ghost software. I ended up creating a Network Boot Package using the Ghost Wizard and using the Universal Packet Driver v2.0. Continued throught the wizard, entering our server name and path and creating and ISO of the package, burning it to CD.

On the GX760, I went into the BIOS and enabled the PXE function on the NIC to allow the network booting from the CD. Popped the newly created boot disc in and was able to boot into the Ghost console with the the Ghost Cast functions enabled and utilize that function to create and send an image to our server.

Pretty nifty! Thanks again and points awarded.
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by:BBPebkac
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One thing I should add is that when we were going around to create our base image of the GX760, I had to set the SATA drives mode to ATA from whatever it was (it escapes me at the moment) in order for the Windows XP slipstream disc I have to work. Probably some kind of hard drive controller issue but I honestly did not want to fart around with it. It would blue screen while it was loading the setup files into mememory and display a stop code peratining to the hard drive.
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The changes were made in the BIOS for switching the drive mode.
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