I'm looking for a driver for Windows 7 RC for an onboard intel GD82559ER pci fast ethernet nic. The Windows 7 RC (32 bit, build 7100) installation disk does not include a compatible driver, so I tried the Vista / Windows 2008 32 bit drivers available here:
But even after manual extraction of this package and manual driver installation, the onboard NIC apparently does not work with the drivers included in this package (PROVISTA32_v14_0.exe dated 4/1/2009).
Is there any other download (specifically for Windows 7) available? If not, are there any plans to provide Windows 7 drivers later or is this product considered EOL?
Thanks a lot in advance for any reply.
The software package you downloaded includes drivers for Vista or Server 2008 and will not work with Windows 7. The driver that you need is already included in Windows 7 RC.
Does the device show up on your computer's hardware tab in Device Manager? Windows 7 should install the driver automatically if the device is enabled and detectable by the OS. If you can't see the device on your list, then you might have a problem other than a missing driver.
If the driver is not installed you could try a manual install differently than the have disk option. If you use the "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer" option and uncheck "Show compatible hardware" then you should see a choice for Intel(R) 82559 Fast Ethernet LAN on Motherboard. You could pick that driver manually.
thanks for your reply. The device does show up in the device manager. And you are right, there is already a driver included in Win 7 for the intel 82559 NIC. *g*
I tried manual installation of the included driver as you suggested. Unfortunately it doesn't work either, which is odd. The properties tab in device manager tells me "device can not be started (code 10)". The NIC is working fine with the second OS on the same harddisk (dual boot, Windows 2000 SP4).
Some screenshots of the device manager:
Hi Mark and akl,
Hi have a similar situation with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. (nic 82566DM-2)
I need to configure VLANs so I need to install the full drivers with ANS. The drivers available do not support Win7 nor Win2008R2.
Is there any beta drivers available so I can test VLANs at this point?
Thanks for the help.
I did some more research. You are correct that no drivers are included in Windows 7 for the 82559ER, DevID 1209. Unfortunately, none of the generic drivers from Intel covered that DevID except for some sample drivers for embedded versions of Windows. The fast Ethernet controllers are only supported with the drivers included in Windows 7. No new Windows 7 drivers will be available from Intel for the 82559ER.
As you have already seen for yourself, the regular 82559 driver does not work on the 82559ER controller. You could try checking with your system or the board manufacturer to see if they are planning a Windows 7 support for your built-in network controller.
Unfortunately, you need Intel(R) PROSet for Windows Device Manager and Advanced Networking Services (ANS) to configure features such as VLANs and teams. No public beta for Intel PROSet for Windows Device Manager and Advanced Networking Services (ANS) for Windows* 7 is planned. Intel will release these applications at the official launch of Windows* 7. Drivers for current network adapters are included with the Windows* 7 RC Operating System (OS) download from Microsoft.
As to the Intel(R) 82566DM-2 Gigabit Network Connection, this connection is built into the computer system. You should check with your system manufacturer for details on Windows* 7 support. You will be able to get the software from the Intel Download Center when it is released, but that software might not be validated on your system by the manufacturer.
In regards to using VLANs (ProSet) with the Intel adapters on Windows 7 there is a way to do this with the vista installer. You have to force a silent install via the msiexec command. Here is an example on how it worked for my Win7 install which is a 64 bit install just adjust it based on the location of your installer:
msiexec /i C:\intel\APPS\PROSETDX\Vista64\PROSETDX.msi /qn
The vista installer seems to work fine once you get past the part about it thinking it won't work. The /qn bypasses that part .
Hope this helps other not pull out thier hair like I didn until one of my network engineers fixed in it like 2 minutes for me....
Just to correct myself, I’m doing this tests with Windows Server 2008 Standard R2 RC (7100)
No good news so far.
I started with the silent install “/qn”. After checking the log file I saw that the setup was doing a CA_VERIFY_RIGHT_MSI to check if the right MSI was being used for my OS. This was returning an error, just like when doing a normal UI setup.
Edited the MSI file with the ORCA Editor and removed all entries CA_VERIFY_RIGHT_MSI related.
With this I don’t receive an error stating that the OS is not supported.
The setup is now stating that I don’t have any Intel NIC installed.
Checked the logs again and found CA_CHECK_FOR_ADAPTERS_IN_SYSTEM that was failing.
Edited MSI file again and removed all entries CA_CHECK_FOR_ADAPTERS_IN_SYSTEM related.
Now all the setup works, all Program Files\Intel are in place but I don’t have a VLAN tab on the nic so I can create the VLANs.