Michael (21st October 2009)
I'm going to Africa soon to install some donated computers in a couple of schools and community centres in your average 2003 vanilla AD / XP environment for a charity.
The domain/client model is all fine and working but it did dawn on me that a lack of reliable internet access is going to bite me in the bum quite quickly so I figured I'd ask the good folks on Edugeek for their advice on how to 'take' as many drivers as I can with me, or if we know of any genius ways of telepathic internet or so.
Of course, with the hardware already there or on a ship currently I'm not privy to what's there other than some Dell GX150 / GX210 and some RM Accelerators (since my old school donated these I know what's in them!)
My first 'idea' is to take a few copies of the AC97 audio driver as lets face it, loads of boards use it, but I'm more concerned initially with network cards, what's common in workstations these days, still realtek 8139's, or intel e100's?
Even cooler would be if I borrow a list of nics you guys are using on your WDS/FOG boxes for the many many machines people look after to try and get as broad a range of drivers covered as possible so any internet exposure there (very expensive) is as low as possible.
A big public thank you to Michael of Logistixonline.com too as I may end up benefitting from his update packs if I can't take a portable WSUS with me!
Many many thanks for anyone who can help me help make a difference.
Michael (21st October 2009)
Broadcom - especially thier NetXtreme gigabit range seem to be quite big at the moment. You never, ever go wrong with intel Pro100 or Pro1000. Realtek 8139's were big a year or two ago. I've just got a hp laptop with Yutek (I think, begins with a Y) drivers.
Is there not an ultimate drivers cd (actually 4 cd's if I remember rightly) out their on the interweb somewhere? I'm sure someone has compiled all this so you can build a single XP slipstreamed DVD that'd boot and install on almost any hardware without the need of additonal drivers. If I get a moment I'll google it (assuming no one beats me to the punch).
EDIT: almost forgot - Well done and good luck. How'd you get involved in such a cool gig. Wouldn't mind doing something like that myself one day. An old friend of mine is currently doing 2years in Namibia with the VSO
First off, what a fantastic thing to do!
NIC Drivers -
Broadcom Netxtreme I & II
Intel Pro 100 & 1Gb
Also take a good selection of Realtek/SMC/DLink
The Intel/AMD/NVidia/SIS/VIA motherboard chipset drivers
NVidia/ATI/Intel/Matrox graphics drivers
Sound is more difficult as these will prob be 3-5 yr old machines, so a selection of crystal, realtek, creative labs drivers may help
PM me an address and ill post you a copy of my self compiled 'Ultimate XP driver disk' had over 75,000 drivers at last count and i have yet to find a machine i cant sort with it.
An 8 or 16gb memory stick and shove it all on there ?
Wow, thank you so much everyone.
Lots of stuff to download + take with me!
No memory sticks though; too expensive will stick to cds!
Thanks again everyone, have PM'd James there for a copy of his CD too.
Oh, how I got involved! ... A teacher from my old school formed the charity as he's from Cameroon originally and wanted to give back and help make a difference, and he asked my (at the time) team for any surplus equipment and skills and it's now coming to fruition and I fly out at the start of December to take stock of the situation and put in a network or two depending upon the time available to try and make a difference.
Once again thanks everyone.
dabs.com - Best Value 8GB USB Memory Stick (INS-USB-CNM-8GB)
Am sure Simon on CPLTD might be able to do someit better value wise per gigabyte ?
that or an external hard drive - you would only need an 60 or 80 gb usb drive again CPLTD
They dont have a dvd drive or you couldn't take an external usb dvd drive and hook that up to the server to copy the stuff across into a network share and then assuming you have at least the network card driver on each computer installed you could get the rest of the drivers from the network share.
Would be easier to use dvds instead of cd's - less discs
Just a thought
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