Drivers to boot a Lenovo box from MDT 2012

Posted on 2013-09-02
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Last Modified: 2016-11-23

We are using MDT 2012 to deploy our Windows 7 64-bit machines, the system works well with Dell machines but we want to move to Lenovo.

We have a test box from Lenovo, a ThinkCentre M72e A1G 6334. Every time we time we try to boot the Lenovo box we get the error;
A connection to the deployment share (\\server\folder$) could not be made.
The following networking device did not have a driver installed.

Under the Out-of-Box drivers tree on Deployment Workbench we have put the drivers in Out-of-Box drivers>Desktops>LENOVO>ThinkCentre>3664 (see attached image)

We have tried using the Update retriever from Lenovo, as well as some dell and hp drivers recommended.

Question by:InnocentDrinks
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Expert Comment

by:Haresh Nikumbh
ID: 39457962
looks like issue with Realtek drives

please refer below link for more understanding


Author Comment

ID: 39458496
Thank you ,

that driver is in the Deployment share under the folder Out-of-Box drivers>Desktops>LENOVO>ThinkCentre>3664 (see attached image) but this still gives me the same issue
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Expert Comment

ID: 39459028
Did you right click on the Deployment Share and select Update after putting the drivers in the location shown in the screenshot? Need to do that to update the boot image...

Then you need to import the boot image created into WDS(assume you are using WDS to do this) so that the new boot image is used when you are deploying using PXE boot...

Once you do all that things should work I think
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ID: 39460528

yes i have updated the deployment share , and replaced the boot image in WDS , but still getting the same issue

i don't know if it will help to know we are trying to ins tall an x64 bit version of Windows
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Expert Comment

ID: 39460550
So I assume you've installed the x64 version of the network driver yes? If not then I'd guess that is the reason...

Author Comment

ID: 39460568
Yep, we have tried the 64-bit drivers as well as the 32-bit drivers, as well as drivers from the Dell site and the HP site, as recomended from some other forums.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39460845
Just so we are on the same page - is this the driver you've used?


Author Comment

ID: 39460857
Yep, we have tried that driver, we tried all the ones available on the Lenovo website for that model.
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Accepted Solution

smckeown777 earned 1500 total points
ID: 39460965
Ok, you are using 32-bit boot image or 64-bit? Cause it matters...should be 64 if deploying the 64-bit Windows...

Also from the forum post @takecoffee posted it appears you might have to manually extract the drivers from a working system(haven't a clue why) but that should fix it up...have you tried that step?

To quote -
If you receive these systems configured from the factory with Windows 7 and the Realtek drivers, you can generally locate the .inf for these drivers in the c:/Windows/System32/DriverStore/rt64win7.inf_amd64¿… folder for 64 bit drivers. Once you have found this you will need to bring these drivers into MDT or if you are configuring your boot media manually you will need to insure that they are included in your Windows PE environment.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 39475877
That pathe doesnt exist but go to C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository.
Tried the driver in rt64win7.inf_amd64.. but that didn't work so just imported all of the drivers in the driver store into the deployment and it picke dit up no problems.

Bit of a pain that you can't downoad the correct drivers direct from the lenovo site.

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