Windows Server 2008 R2 and Dell Optiplex 780

I have loaded the base operating system and it works fine for a testing version...I cannot get the Dell Download for the Networking driver to install.  I have tried the XP and Win 7 32 bit versions and it says it cannot find an Intel contoller..I have another Windows 7 hard drive working and it shows the Intel 82567LM-3 running fine...any advice for both the networking driver and the video driver which is also onboard.

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Dell probably did not intend for an Optiplex to run W2K8.
You might try using a PCI NIC and Video card rather than onboard.
MacGyver80Senior Systems AdministratorCommented:
You could try locating the device within Device Manager, going in to the properties of the device-->click on details--> locate the properties drop-down and select hardware IDs.  You may see 4 different IDs there but in any case, perform a Google search on each one individually using the exact string show on the properties page with the ID in parenthesis.  So for example, in the Google Search you would have:

{My systems NIC Hardware ID}
"pci\ven_8086&dev_10f5&subsys_024d102&rev_03" download

Do the search for each ID you see there until you locate the driver you need.  IF you cannot locate it then you would have to take pjam's suggestion.

Good luck!
Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
In all honesty its a desktop board and was typically designed with the intentions of running a Desktop Platform (xp, vista, 7, 8) and not intended for a server installation (hence why there are no available drivers on dells website for it.  Only thing you can try is to possible find the drivers off the motherboard manufacturers site to see if they have any drivers for the OS your attempting to install.  

I am not saying that it is not possible but mainly it is not designed for it and I wouldn't actually recommend it (personal opinion).

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Rob StoneCommented:
If it's a lab setup for training, I would just use VMware Workstation or something like that to create a 2008 VM on your Win 7 build.
Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
I have it running on a 760, for testing, so it is possible. I used the Windows 7 drivers. Server 2008 R2 is a 64-bit OS. Have you tried the 64-bit Windows 7 drivers?
lfred150Author Commented:
All great suggestions..I will try the 64 bit driver first and if not, then I will try an external card setup..and yes it is a lab test..

Thanks for all of your help.

lfred150Author Commented:
This worked..they had the 32 bit driver on the Intel site for Windows Server 2008..

Thanks a lot..

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