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D-Link DGE-530T–Different Revisions, Different Drivers

June 3, 2013

I recently ran into an issue trying to install drivers for a D-Link DGE-530T Gigabit NIC in a Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 test box. I discovered that different revisions of the card use completely different chipsets. Drivers for the DGE-530T are NOT available out of the box in Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012. Unfortunately, the drivers which are currently available from the support site only appear to support the latest revision – Revision “C”. Revision “C” uses a Realtek chipset, but Revision “B” of the Card uses a Marvel chipset. The latest driver file from D-Link (Version 10.00)  doesn’t have the Marvel Drivers.

I have several Revision B2 cards. I found the drivers for them in the Versions 8.00 driver file which I had to get from the D-Link USA support site.  I used the drivers in the “\dge530T_drivers_20080901\Windows 2008 64 driver” folder of the zip file.

FWIW I tried a Revision B2 Card with Windows 7 – the drivers were automatically installed (presumably from Windows Update). The DGE-530T is NOT a server class NIC so it’s not surprising that the drivers aren’t available out of the box for a server O/S, even though a number of other “desktop class” NIC drivers are present.

I will post a more detailed description of the process I went through to get these drivers installed in another post. For now, hopefully this will save somebody the aggravation I went through trying to get this card working.