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WinPE 5.0 driver for VEN_14E4&DEV_168E

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Hey

I'm looking for a working WinPE 5.0 driver for VEN_14E4&DEV_168E (Broadcom Extreme II 10GB) - The driver from Broadcom does not work :(

Its for our new HP WS460C GEN8 Blades.

HP Support told me to use "HP Broadcom 10GbE Multifunction Drivers for Windows Server x64 Editions 7.8.81.0 cp020911.exe" for Windows 2012 R2 - but they didn't have a driver for WinPE 5.0.

Does anyone know if I can find an alternativ driver for this NIC?

Thanks in advance

MIke
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by:nobus
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best look around for a nic card with compatible drivers!
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by:James Haywood
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winPE 5.0 is the same kernel as Windows8.1/2012 R2 so the same drivers should work. If you install 2012 R2 directly onto the blade and then run HP SUM it will list the drivers you need. You should be able to then extract those drivers and inject into the WinPE image.
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by:mikeydk
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If I open device manager in 2012 R2 - it says bxnd.inf (bxnd60.sys) - but using the same driver in WinPE does not work :(
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by:James Haywood
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Does the driver inject successfully? When you say does not work I assume you mean does not receive DHCP address?
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by:mikeydk
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Yes, the driver imports without any problems. No I do not get i IP address - not even a local IP. If running IPCONFIG i only get "Windows IP Configuration" - nothing else.
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by:Netman66
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Did you build the x64 wim or x86?

In order to support the x64 driver for 2012 it will have to be the x64 wim, otherwise you will need to source the 32-bit driver for that NIC.
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by:Netman66
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You could likely use the Win8.1 32-bit drivers here:

https://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet_nic/netxtremeii10.php

It's just to get PE up, so it should not affect deploying your image.
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I have tried both x86 and x64 WinPE - also test with the broadcom netextemeII drivers - no success :(
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by:James Haywood
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Under the Virtual Connect Manager is the PXE option selected for the NIC you are trying to use?
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by:mikeydk
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James> the PXE is working fine - and loading WinPE
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by:Netman66
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I'm guessing the PE wim is 32-bit and the only drivers available are 64-bit. If this is indeed the issue, then you will need to create a 64-bit PE environment.

There are a few resources that walk you through creating a dual-boot 32/64 bit PE build so you have the option to choose during PXE boot.
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by:James Haywood
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Ok, i'm trying to see if I can scrounge a Gen8 blade to look at, I only have G6's at the moment.
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I did try both x86 and x64 WinPE 5.0
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by:Netman66
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Odd...
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by:James Haywood
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Download the HP SUM from here

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/server-software/product-detail.html?oid=5182020#!tab=features

Extract cp020911.exe and extract the files to a folder. Use these files to inject into your boot.wim.
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by:mikeydk
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I'll give it a try monday
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You can do it the "Double Driver" way :
Install a Windows 8.x OS on a client that you will want to boot under WinPE 5.0.
Install the NIC driver for it, make sure it does work.
Use Double Driver
http://pcdrivertools.com/install/double-driver-4-10/
download the tool from the link at the bottom of the page.
Create a backup of the NIC driver ONLY

Then, create the WinPE image (32bits or 64bits, use the same as the Win8.x OS installed). Make sure that you have all what's needed in the image to operate the NIC card, including chipset drivers and tcp/ip stack.
You may use double drivers for that purpose too.
Inject the NIC drivers previously backed-up (and maybe the other drivers) into the WinPE image.
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