8 Replies Latest reply on Sep 1, 2009 1:57 PM by jan.buelens

    HP xw9400 WinPE NIC Drivers

    Rick.Smith1 Specialist

      We are trying to find the appropriate drivers for the HP xw9400 dual nVidia NIC card. We placed the drivers we found from nVidia and HP into the WinPE image, but still when booting it does not appear that the drivers can be found and applied. Has anyone had success with this model?

        • 1. Re: HP xw9400 WinPE NIC Drivers
          phoffmann SupportEmployee

          Hmm - run NICINFO.EXE on one of those machines. My guess is that the resulting text-file will be markedly devoid of useful information (it's what we'd use to identify the NIC and then associate this to a driver.

           

          You can find NICINFO.EXE here:

          \\YourCoreServer\ldmain\landesk\vboot\
          

           

          Just copy it to your client, and run it - it'll create a file called DOSNIC.INI

           

          For instance, in my case, it spews out:

          ""

          8086

          4227

          ""

           

          Now - from what I remember, NVIDIA's NIC aren't "normal" NIC's for some obscure reason -- meaning that our detection tool can't/doesn't detect them, which is down to whatever NVIDIA has done to them. If NICINFO.EXE can't detect them (i.e. their OEM codes) you're pretty much stuck (short of contacting HP/NVIDIA and getting them to fix the Firmware or whatever it is they need to do).

           

          And without the PCI-identifiers, we've got no driver to match...

           

          Paul Hoffmann

          LANDesk EMEA Technical Lead

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          • 2. Re: HP xw9400 WinPE NIC Drivers
            Rick.Smith1 Specialist

            Sorry I should have also stated that I had run NICINFO and no results came back.

             

            I even tried the manual method of specifying the drivers to the Vendor/Dev ID, but my guess is that would still only work if NICINFO could at least pull the info out.

            • 3. Re: HP xw9400 WinPE NIC Drivers
              phoffmann SupportEmployee

              Yeah - you're pretty much up the creek without a paddle then.

               

              This is something that's caused most of us involved with OSD considerable amounts of facedesk'ing here. We've no idea what NVIDIA is doing to their NIC's to obscure this data away (let alone why) - but they're the only ones who can fix it. They're hiding (I guess) the OEM-information for their NIC's in some majorly non-standard place ... and until they fix that, we won't be able to detect them :(.

               

              I believe we're trying to get ahold of an NVIDIA-NIC based system to see if we can work around this somehow, but this is somewhat a hazy memory on my side (so regard it little more as speculation at best). Doubt we've found 'til now where on earth that data's hiding (let alone why it isn't where all the other vendors put it...) on NVIDIA-based NIC's.

               

              Paul Hoffmann

              LANDesk EMEA Technical Lead.

              • 4. Re: HP xw9400 WinPE NIC Drivers
                Rick.Smith1 Specialist

                Maybe we will have to convince our customer to purchase them with the Broadcom or Intel NIC then.... Thanks for the quick response.

                • 5. Re: HP xw9400 WinPE NIC Drivers
                  phoffmann SupportEmployee

                  From personal experience - I've had the least problems with 3COM and Intel NIC's - so I tend to favour them myself.

                   

                  This is purely subjective (based on personal experience as it is), so take it with a pinch of salt as YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary :).

                   

                  Paul Hoffmann

                  LANDesk EMEA Technical lead

                  • 6. Re: HP xw9400 WinPE NIC Drivers
                    ahe Expert

                    What's happen if you try Defcon or check it with WMI script?

                     

                    Short example...

                    devcon.exe find * | find "NVID" 

                     

                    Regards

                    Axel

                     

                     

                    I found another tool here: http://www.nu2.nu/download.php?sFile=pciscan110.zip

                     

                    Nachricht geändert durch ahe

                    • 7. Re: HP xw9400 WinPE NIC Drivers
                      Rick.Smith1 Specialist

                      I now have the same problem using Toshiba's M10. THe NIC is an Intel 82567LM Gig Network adaptor.

                      • 8. Re: HP xw9400 WinPE NIC Drivers
                        Employee

                        I believe this thread throws some light on things, such as what's so weird about nvidia NICs.