Ticket #3411 (closed defect: fixed)

Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

AMD PCnet Ethernet Driver is missing

Reported by: c Owned by:
Priority: major Component: guest additions
Version: VirtualBox 2.1.4 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: Windows
Host type: Linux


The UserManual.pdf of 2.1.4 states:

Windows Vista no longer ships a driver for the AMD PCnet Ethernet card that VirtualBox provides to the guest by default [...]. As a convenience, VirtualBox ships with a 32-bit driver for the AMD PCnet card, which comes with the Windows Guest Additions. [...] Then, start the Windows Hardware Wizard and direct it to the Guest Additions CD where a driver for the PCnet card can be found in the directory 32bit\Windows\3rdParty\AMD_PCnet.

But the directory 32bit\Windows\3rdParty\AMD_PCnet doesn't exist anymore in the iso image of the guest additions.

It was still there in 2.1.0 but disappeared in 2.1.2:


2.1.0$ md5sum
2.1.0$ bash --tar xvf
2.1.0$ tar -jxvf VirtualBox.tar.bz2
2.1.0$ isoinfo -J -f -i additions/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso | grep AMD_PCnet


2.1.2$ md5sum 
2.1.2$ bash --tar xvf
2.1.2$ tar -jxvf VirtualBox.tar.bz2
2.1.2$ isoinfo -J -f -i additions/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso | grep AMD_PCnet


2.1.4$ md5sum
2.1.4$ bash --tar xvf
2.1.4$ tar -jxvf VirtualBox.tar.bz2
2.1.4$ isoinfo -J -f -i additions/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso | grep AMD_PCnet

Installing the driver manually from works fine for me.

$ unzip -l
  Length     Date   Time    Name
 --------    ----   ----    ----
    26582  07-07-04 12:01   WinXP_SignedDriver/netamd.inf
     9136  07-19-04 12:02   WinXP_SignedDriver/
    36352  07-07-04 12:01   WinXP_SignedDriver/PCNTPCI5.sys
    26582  07-07-04 12:01   WinServer2003_SignedDriver/netamd.inf
     9136  07-19-04 13:17   WinServer2003_SignedDriver/
    36352  07-07-04 12:01   WinServer2003_SignedDriver/PCNTPCI5.sys
     7361  08-02-04 16:23   readme.rtf
 --------                   -------
   151501                   7 files

Change History

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by sandervl73

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to invalid

You have to extract them from the installation executable as documented in the manual.

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by c

  • Status changed from closed to reopened
  • Resolution invalid deleted

I have quoted the relevant part of the UserManual.pdf in the ticket above. Which part of the manual did you mean?

If you follow these instructions, then you will not find the ethernet driver at the described location.

I also showed that the driver is part of the 2.1.0 package but is missed in 2.1.2 and 2.1.4.

So please check it again.

$ md5sum

$ md5sum UserManual.pdf 
6d6709fa2a9cb3dfad8c7ad7cd43be32  UserManual.pdf

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by frank

The answer for your problem is that you have to extract these files manually from VBoxWindowsAdditions-x86.exe doing

D:\VBoxWindowsAdditions-x86.exe /extract /D=where_to_put_the_files

The reason was to save space on the additions .ISO image. This will be better documented in the next release.

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by frank

  • Status changed from reopened to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed
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