The Windows Server 2003 Enterprise machine I am working on had a NIC issue
and it was replaced (I was not involved). The new NIC will not install and
dies with an error of "The system cannot find the file specified" -(what
file?). I have tried both the same NIC has the original, a different NIC with
the same chipset, and a different NIC with a different chip set. Same
problem, and same error. I have even attempted the MS loopback adapter and
still get the exact same error.
The system will not let me uninstall the old drivers because "needed by
windows to boot", and of course I can't install a new one.
I have tried to find some sort of logfile to indicate "what file" can't be
found, but no luck. I have also booted the setup disk and attempted a repair
to make sure all of the system files are there, without effect.
Of course this all happened during a period of backup issues, so there is
not a restore path. In fact, I am just trying to get up to a point that the
Exchange 2003 Data can be recovered and restored to a new server.
The only reedeming factor for me here is that I had no hand in breaking it,
I am hoping to make it less broke....