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Updating a network card driver a Dell Poweredge 2900

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I maintain a Dell Poweredge 2900

The network driver details are as follows -

network DRIVER  - BROADCOM BCM5708C NETXTREME II Gige (NDIS VBD CLIENT)

FILE VERSION  - 3.7.2.0

DRIVER PROVIDER - BROADCOM CORPORATION

DRIVER DATE 10/01/2008

I need to update the driver. There is a few choices on the Dell website, which driver should I download and run?
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by:awawada
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Try this link:
http://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet_nic/netxtremeii.php

But uninstall the old driver from Dell first. Extract the exe file and let Windows find the *.inf and *.sys files.

Note Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows Vista are no longer supported by current chipsets. Support for older devices under these and other legacy operating systems is only available in the legacy page:
http://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet_nic/netxtremeii.php?legacy=1
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Windows Server 2003
VBD - v6.2.8
NDIS 5.x - v6.2.8
BXDIAG - v6.2.3
OIS - v6.2.7.0
14.4.8.4      03/18/11      
8MB

Thanks but I'm still not clear which driver to install from the list above? How do i remove/install the driver without using device manager?
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thanks guys. Do I just run the exe on the server or should I use device manager to update the driver?
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No ... Broadcom NIC's will require the installation ... run the EXE.
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Thanks mate  - good information
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