Drivers? Server Grade hardware? Sound card. RRS feed

  • Question

  • My system is not server grade hardware. Since I am using it at home.  I am having trouble finding drivers for my MSI K8MM3 with a built in audio card.

    It's a AC'97 link controller integrated  in VIA VT8237R/VT8237R Plus.

    MSI has drivers for all grades of Windows but 2003 server.

    If this is aimed at the home market will driver be available?

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 11:17 PM

All replies

  • Why do you care about the audio driver? WHS is a headless appliance, not a desktop workstation. You need network and chipset drivers to get your machine working, but you don't need any video beyond the standard VGA driver, and you don't need audio at all.
    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 11:52 PM
  • Why do you need Windows server 2003 when Linux does it for free or a SAN device from SUN? Get real, in a home environment you are to sell a new server grade hardware to a family? No they will take an existing computer and make it a server. If it sits in the family room it might play music or movie by itself. Some may use it as a PVR.  

    WHS isn't headless. Homes will use any device they leave running. Do you have a refrigerator that is running empty? Or does it contain beverages you may not drink for a week or two?

    Thursday, March 22, 2007 1:46 AM
  • Brian, I think what Ken was saying is that this is a beta program designed to flush out problems and create suggestions for the main software which will more than likely be aimed at OEM's offering NAS like appliances without multimedia hookups. This is why we are reminded to operate the service "headless" and remote desktop into it as the end user likely will have to. If you really want sound then toss a cheap SB compatible card into it. My server happens to have a modest 128MB NV 3d card and an Audigy sound card just because but they aren't used for anything at all. You aren't even able to change the desktop on the server as it stands right now. The focus is supposed to be on usability and function.

    Hope that helps.


    Thursday, March 22, 2007 1:55 AM
  • I'm using a relatively new motherboard which has drivers not available in Windows 2003 and are not provided.  I used the XP/2000 drivers which worked fine.
    Thursday, March 22, 2007 9:54 AM
  • Excellent Lee that worked. Thanks.
    Thursday, March 22, 2007 8:35 PM
  • I can confirm that win2k/xp drivers should work in many instances with this server. I too had an audio driver issue. Granted, this particular item may not be pertinent to function, but it is sloppy to leave devices in a "problem status" as this could lead to system instability. I have been a certified technician for many years, and one hard and fast rule I have always embraced is that all hardware should be up to snuff whenever possible or at least selectively disabled if not critical to function.

    Now for my suggestion (if MS is listening):  The system should not be granted a healthy status if one or more hardware drivers fail to install during or after the initial setup. The user should be notified of the condition and presented options to either provide a third-party driver, or ignore the condition, or disable the device(s).

    Sunday, March 25, 2007 6:20 AM