Installing a Linksys LNE100TX NIC on Windows Server 2008 64-bit

I’m currently setting up a development server with Windows 2008 64-bit on it and the drivers for my Linksys LNE100TX weren’t working (even from the disk!). After a few hours of searching, I found a post on the Linksys support forums that provides an answer:

Hello Everyone.

I’m sure many of you are as frustrated as I am that Linksys has yet to provide Vista 64-bit drivers for the LNE100TX. I happen to work in the IT field and frankly there is no excuse for this. Vista has been out for two years now, and most people are buying the 64-bit version of the OS. Even more frustrating, this card is still being sold in retail outlets as a current item, WITH NO VISTA DRIVERS! Yes, it’s almost unbelievable. Which is why I have decided to take matters into my own hands, since apparently, Linksys is doing jack to resolve the situation.

After doing some research, I found that the LNE100TX uses the same hardware as the “Infineon an983b”. However, the 64-bit drivers are virtually impossible to find. After exhaustive research, I found out that Windows Update has 64-bit drivers for the an983b, not for Vista, but XP 64-bit. Luckily, these drivers work for Vista 64-bit as well. I have tested these drivers and they work perfectly with the LNE100TX running in Vista 64-bit. Personally, I’ll never buy another Linksys product for as long as I live, but for those of you that have already made the mistake… I have provided the drivers on my personal website, so you don’t have to search through Microsoft’s hellishly user unfriendly update site.

Download LNE100TX Vista 64-bit compatible drivers:

http://rook.netne.net/s/lne100tx-64bit.zip

http://www.filefront.com/15094629/lne100tx-64bit.zip

Enjoy!

Source: http://forums.linksysbycisco.com/linksys/board/message?board.id=Wired_Adapters&thread.id=1273

Now I have Server 2008 connected to my network, and I can finish setting it up!

NOTE: This driver should work on any 64-bit operating system.

One comment

  1. rdlabs says:

    you’re a genius. thanks for the post! managed to get server 2008 r2 64bit up and running with this.

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