Broadcom NetXtreme Drivers Windows 10 Drivers HowTo
Installing Broadcom NetXtream network drivers, and upgrading the firmware in Windows 10 Pro is crazy. In the end I found out that the Windows 10 drivers were right inside of the broadcom/dell installer, you just needed to know how to get thim. I could not find a vendor file that was an archive of all the drivers, instead it looks like I could only find setup files that ACTUALLY had the "Windows10-x64" driver folders inside of them, but would fail to update/ugprade the drivers because I was not running Windows server.
The first thing I needed to do was to actually find the drivers. Somehow, the broadcom site was useless. I have similar experiences finding drivers/firmware sometimes with raid cards ever since broadcom bought the world of ethernet and raid from other vendors. I actually found more up to date versions of the drivers on dells site. I would search for driver V.ER.SION. I only knew there was a new version avail because right on the dell driver site, for the dell R230 I was working on there was a firmware update that stated needed version 21.8 of the drivers.
I downloaded the firmware, and looked for the drivers, but all I could find was drivers for window server. So I googled and found two sets of Dell Drivers
Reading the release notes, and some txt files that dell provided let me know that both driver versions were compatable with the firmware
this was a note from 21.90:
- Broadcom NetXtreme network device firmware, 21.8.1 (Family Firmware Version 21.81.3) - Broadcom NetXtreme network device firmware, 21.8 (Family Firmware Version 21.80.9)
The dell site for 21.80 firmware already told me I needed 21.8 driver. I ran the firmware upgrade package again after reboot to verify that it did upgrade firmware
- Funny that the firmware is allowed to upgrade in Windows 10 Pro...and does not have the server check.
First I installed 21.8.3 firmware with 21.8 driver, and everything seemed to work fine.
Next I kept 21.8.3 firmware, and upgraded to 21.90 driver just because.
Extracting the Driver
- Open Dell Package
- Now usually the extracted drivers are there, but alas what you have is a broadcom setup that will not run unless it is executed inside of windows server
- If you open DrvCfg64.ini with notepad, you can see where I am getting at.
- There were some commands in there, and one of the commands was to extract drivers
- I wonder if I could have gotten a list of switches with /?
- yes /? worked, and gave me command options
- So pretty simple:
[DriverExtract] 1=.\payload\brcmsetup.exe /s /v"/qn EXTRACTDRIVERS=\"$PATH$\" LOGFILE=\".\debug.log\""
- Opened up command prompt inside of payload dir
brcmsetup.exe /s /v"/qn EXTRACTDRIVERS=\"DRIVERS\"
- Found DRIVERS/production/Windows10-x64
- Installed Driver Manually (Have Disk)