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Dell GX270 Driver for Windows PE / Longhorn

Posted on 2010-08-31
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I am having a problem deploying Windows XP to a Dell GX270 using Windows Deployment Services. The server we use works fine deploying to our Dell Optiplex 780 pcs. I have a .wim with the OS image, and I also have a custom boot.wim file( I got the oringal boot.wim off of the Server 2008 R2). When I PXE boot the machine, I get the F12 prompt, then when Windows PE boots I get the following error.

"WdsClient: An error occurred while starting networking: there was a failure while installing the network card driver for your machine. Please contact your Administrator."

I have no problem adding drivers to images, but I cannot seem to find the proper driver for the GX270, I'm also not sure which OS version i should use for Windows PE. I tried using 2k and XP drivers from dells website, and I also tried the 2k/XP/Vista/Server 2008 drivers, from the intel website. When i added the Optiplex 780, I added the Windows XP drivers, and it worked great.

Device Manager on the GX207 identifies the NIC as a Intel Pro 1000 MT.

Has anyone else ran into this issue?
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by:net_tech_mike
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You may be using the wrong network driver to run the installation. There are 2 different Optiplex GX 270's that Dell made. The GX270N, and the standard GX270. If your is the Standard GX270, it should be using the Intel Gigabit LOM version v.7.0.34.0, A00. Also make sure PXE is enabled in the bios on the GX270, as well as wake on lan. Let me know if you are still having problems after trying this.

Cheers
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by:gator625
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No luck, I double checked my model number, and I do have the GX270. I decided to try the GX270N out anyway, but it uses the same driver.
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by:gator625
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Also PXE boot is working. I am able to connect to the server, and boot up to Windows PE, but after Windows PE boots up,  thats when I get the above error.
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Well, I found the problem. Out of the 140 Optiflex GX270's I happend to grab one that had a bad NIC. It worked fine in Windows so I figured there was nothing wrong with it, but it did not like Windows PE for some reason. All of the other 270s work fine.
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