Intel X520 and X540 for Windows XP

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    Windows XP 32-bit and Windows XP-64-bit.

    A driver solution for Intel Ethernet adapters that are based on Intel X520 and Intel X540.

    Maybe you're an XP holdout and you're looking to use a 10 gigabit Ethernet adapter, but have exhausted all options? That was me. I've got some good news, I've found some solutions. Observe/expand the 'Comments.txt' quote.

    (It appears I cannot upload the RAR file that contains both 32 and 64)... so, you may have to piece things together. Or, if the ZIP files attached to this thread persist.

    Comments.txt


    Gather the pieces yourself, or you may use what is provided/attached here.

    Windows XP 64-bit INF File
    Rename from ixn51x64.txt to ixn51x64.inf

    Windows XP 32-bit INF File
    Rename from ixn5132.txt to ixn5132.inf



    Only 1.4 gig connection:
    The Windows XP 32-bit drivers, when I last tried them, showed the adapter coming in with a 1.4 gig connection. If this is your experience too, then it's the same as mine and have not developed a solution as of the time of this posting. Perhaps if you have discovered a fix, you can share it here.
     

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    Intel v17.4 PROXGB driver pack for 10G Network Adapters
    https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/node/835632


    I have successfully merged the INF files from the ATTO drivers to version 17.4 Intel driver pack.

    ALL you need to do, after downloading the ISO file from the page above:
    1. Extract ALL of the "IXN" files (including ixnmsg.dll, nicco2.dll, NicInIXN.dll, PROUnstl.exe) from the NDIS5x folder.

    (This picture shows you all the files you will need, example is XP64)
    v17-4 (sm).png

    2. Delete the INF file, or rename it by changing its extension something other than *.inf.
    3. Download and Copy the TXT files attached to THIS post, and move them into the NDIS5x folder you extracted from the ISO.
    4. Rename the TXT files you got from this post, and change to INF file.
    5. Install the driver at your leisure.


    This later version of the PROXGB driver may not actually yield anything new over the last incarnation released... but maybe it will function better. This is totally beyond my scope.

    Also, this later iteration may yield fruitful results for more network adapters over the previous or the base ATTO drivers.

    Possible Network Adapters this will work with...
    Remember, I'm using an Intel X540 network card, and it's working just fine when selecting X520.

    Again, no guarantees that this will work (for you), but it worked for me in Windows XP64.
     

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    Here's the view from a Windows XP 32-bit machine. Drivers working. However, the connection appears to be limited to 1.4 Gbps. However, the expanded Adapter tab "Link Speed" shows 10 Gbps/Full Duplex.

    So, is it really 10 Gbps or 1.4 Gbps? I don't know (XP32 is my alternate boot). Could be either, or could be the lowest one reported.

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    While on Windows XP 32-bit, I checked the connection from my computer on the 10G ethernet card and the switch. The switch reports the link as being 10G.

    As far as I'm concerned, the 1.4 Gbps may be an erroneous report on the adapter details.

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