Last month I bought the first PC I haven't built myself since I started building them in 1985 and it's not worked out as well as I had hoped.
The computer is a Lenovo K230 (5359 4PU). It has an Intel motherboard with the following chipset, according to the specs on their website.
Intel G33 Express Chipset (PCI Express® x16), I/O Controller Hub 9 Digital
Home [ICH9DH] (SATA 3.0Gb/s, PCI Express x1, ethernet MAC, PCI 2.3, USB,
LPC bus), SMSC® SCH5617 Super I/O
The onboard LAN is described as: Gigabit ethernet on planar, Intel 82256GC
The Wireless card is described as: 11b/g wireless4, Broadcom® BCM4312, PCIe x1 adapter
I've partitioned the drive to multi-boot Vista Home Premium 64-bit (as shipped), Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and Win XP Pro SP3.
Here's the kicker. I hoped to get everything set up for Windows 7, but now that it no longer supports the NetBEUI protocol I'm unable to print to our parallel port LaserJet 6P using our Netgear PS110 printer server (requires NetBEUI protocol). I've tried the TCP/IP-only/ LPR port workaround, but so far no success.
So this is why I installed WinXP - as a fallback in the event that I couldn't get something vital to work properly in Win7.
But now the problem is that I can't get any of the networking hardware (onboard LAN or Wireless PCIe) to work in WinXP at all. I've tried every driver (there has to be over 100!) included with SP3 and not a single one of them will install. And Lenovo doesn't have any WinXP drivers to support this PC anywhere that I can find on their site.
Does anybody know how I could get this networking hardware to work with WinXP? Is it possible that this main board is so proprietary that there aren't even any drivers that'll work with it for WinXP?
Finally, if anyone knows how I can use our HP LaserJet (just put a brand new toner cartridge in it, too) in Win7 without having to share it from a PC I'd love to get in on it.
So I did searches combining the terms "XP" and (1) "Intel 82566DC-2" and (2), "Broadcom BCMWL664", but didn't find a match (although Broadcom had so many configurations I may have overlooked the correct one).
The Linux community have databases of adapter/chipset listings because they are frequently in the situation you have. said:
The Linux community have databases of adapter/chipset listings because they are frequently in the situation you have.
Do you know of any such "community" for WinXP users looking for drivers?
BTW, I got Win7 to print through our Netgear PS110 print server by unchecking the NetBEUI protocol from the PS110 administration utility. It appears that is no longer an issue, at least.
Windows 7: I was able to get the LaserJet printing through the PS110 print server in Win7 by disabling the NetBEIU protocol on the PS110. That was a nice surprise. But on the flipside, it turns out that getting the LaserJet printing through the print server wasn't the most challenging hurdle for us running Win7 after all. I was surprised to learn that Keyspan has been acquired by Tripp-Lite, who apparently has no interest in making a Win7 driver (let alone 64-bit) for our US-4A USB server. This little server provides bi-directional communication (for things like scanning and ink levels) between our USB Epson RX620 all-in-one and all the PC's on our home network. As long as that's part of the deal I guess we'll really need to keep all our PC's running on WinXP for a while yet.
Windows XP: I found a chipset driver for WinXP on the Intel support site for the "Intel(R) 82566DC-2 Gigabit Network Connection". I thought I was going to be home free after that, but not so fast! Trying to find the WinXP chipset software for the multi-function motherboard has been another matter entirely. Intel has a nice new utility to identify your hardware and confirm whether or not the right drivers are installed. They even give some direction for finding uninstalled drivers, but one of the necessary steps entails identifying the BIOS version of the motherboard. On this PC, all that information has been overwritten by Lenovo, essentially leaving me at the mercy of whether or not Lenovo wants to tell me what it was.
I called Lenovo's 24-hour support and some 30 minutes later was told there are no WinXP driver discs for this computer. The only thing I learned after all this is that the HD audio chip on the Intel motherboard was not a Realtek chip (like most Intel motherboards seem to use) but an ADI SoundMAX - a very helpful clue. Just as I was explaining that I needed to know the BIOS version, the phone connection was broken and I had to start over with somebody else. The second person was much more helpful in telling me that the BIOS of this motherboard was an "Intel 5 Series - 3400 Series to be more exact". I'll give that a try tonight and hope that that'll take care of most of the remaining yellow question marks in Device Manager.
Observation: Moving from WinXP to Win7 is not going to be easy for many small businesses, yet if they want newer and faster computers, driver support (or lack thereof) will likely cost them unanticipated time and money trying to resolve.