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Fernando
Posts: 9788 | Last online: 03.28.2017
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    • Fernando has written a new post "[Tool Guide+News] "UEFI BIOS Updater" (UBU)" Today

      @qvc2007:
      Welcome at Win-RAID Forum!

      Zitat von qvc2007 im Beitrag #205
      How can I find downloading URL
      As long as SoniX hasn't published an updated UBU tool, which works without any original AMI software, we do not offer any download link to the UBU tool.

      Hoping for your understanding
      Dieter (alias Fernando)

    • Fernando has written a new post "bios hangs at "checking nvram" after RAID enabled in bios" Today

      @taekinkai:
      After having read your last post, I have realized, that my previous post contained a mistake. I am sorry about my mistake and your confusion.
      Meanwhile I have corrected my wrong and obviously irritating statement within my last post and customized the quoted part of your reply (to avoid future misunderstandings by the visitors of this Forum).

      This may explain the situation better:
      As long as
      a) the Intel SATA Controller has been set to "RAID" mode and
      b) there are any Disk Drives connected to the Intel SATA ports,
      the BIOS tries to load the Intel RAID Utility from the Intel RAID ROM BIOS module to make sure, whether the connected Disk Drives are members of a RAID array or not.
      Exactly this procedure (the loading of the Intel RAID Utility from the Intel RAID ROM module) seems to be not successful with your current system, because the boot loader is not able to load a >100 KB sized ROM module.

      I hope, that this clarifies the previous misunderstanding.

    • Fernando has written a new post "Questions about INTEL Open Source Tianocore/EDK2?" Today

      @_nobody_:
      I don't know, whether the Tianocore team has an own Forum, but >here< you will find contact options.

    • Fernando has written a new post "[Please Help, Advise Needed!] - Lenovo T400 BIOS - Will this work?" Yesterday

      @AvilanceStudios:
      Welcome at Win-RAID Forum!

      Zitat von AvilanceStudios im Beitrag #1
      From my understanding, I think there is already a modded version of my BIOS according to this post: https://forums.mydigitallife.info/thread...post779313
      If someone can please confirm with me that the modded files included in that forum post are compatible with my laptop, that would be great!
      I am sorry, but we do not check BIOSes, which are offered in other Forums.
      You should better ask the creator of the modded BIOS, which has been offered at MDL.
      Regards
      Dieter (alias Fernando)

    • @KotTHECat:
      You are right - the MEGA link to the 64bit version was wrong (the MIRROR links to both architecture variants were ok).
      Meanwhile I have corrected the MEGA link to the 64bit drivers and hope, that everything is fine now.

      Zitat von KotTHECat im Beitrag #1452
      Btw, as i am running a 64bit Windows, should i only install 64bit driver or both (mb for better compatibility)?
      A 64bit OS requres 64bit drivers and doesn't accept 32bit ones.

    • Zitat von gpvecchi im Beitrag #1450
      Thanks, do you still suggest just the drivers for AHCI mode, or the full set? Is there some feture that can be software enabled?
      No, I have installed the complete Set inclusive installer just for testing purposes.
      On my "normal" working system running in AHCI mode I would never run the installer of an RST Drivers & Software Set.

    • Fernando has written a new post "bios hangs at "checking nvram" after RAID enabled in bios" Yesterday

      @taekinkai:
      Welcome at Win-RAID Forum!

      Zitat von taekinkai im Beitrag #1
      When RAID is enabled in bios, the computer hangs during bootup at "checking NVRAM". If I disabled RAID in bios and use AHCI for storage in bios, it boots successfully to desktop.
      The "checking NVRAM" message seems to be misleading.

      Zitat
      I found my board on >this< website here. Maybe I need to install older Intel RST? The note says "later intel raid rom a no go". But that does not say much. No go why?

      The problem is not the size of the Intel RAID ROM module itself, but the fact, that the currently available ASUS P5Q3 DeLuxe BIOSes do not contain a utility, which is able to load a >100 KB sized Intel RAID ROM while booting. The latest Intel RAID ROM, whose uncompressed size is smaller than 100 KB, is the Intel RST RAID ROM v10.1.0.1008 and this is the latest one, which can be properly loaded by the ROM loader, which is inside the original BIOSes of the ASUS P5Q3.
      As a consequence you will only be able to boot off any drive, which is connected to the Intel SATA RAID Controller, if you "downgrade" the Intel RAID ROM to v10.1.0.1008. Big disadvantage: >2 TB sized RAID Volumes are not detected by that old Intel RAID ROM version (v10.5 is the minimum for the support of >2 TB RAID Volumes).
      The only way to solve this problem is to ask the ASUS Support for a BIOS update, which allows you to use any >100 KB sized Intel RAID ROM module.

      Good luck!
      Dieter (alias Fernando)

    • Update of the start post

      Changelog:

      • new: 32/64bit Intel RST(e) drivers v15.5.0.1047 Beta for Win7-10 dated 02/22/2017
      • new: Intel RST(e) Drivers & Software Set v15.5.0.1047 Beta dated 03/09/2017

      Notes:
      1. The above mentioned drivers are dated 02/22/2017, digitally signed by Intel and usable with all Windows Operating Systems from Win7 up. Only Intel 100-Series/C230 Chipsets, 200-Series Chipsets and Systems with an Intel Skylake or KabyLake CPU are natively supported by these drivers.
      2. New: These are the first Intel RST(e) drivers, which additionally do support the "Intel(R) Optane(TM) Memory System Acceleration" and the "Intel(R) Smart Response Technology" (if the related hardware is on-board).
      3. Similar to the v15.2 series the v15.5 series RAID drivers natively do support the following Intel SATA RAID Controller DeviceIDs: DEV_2822, DEV_282A, DEV_9D07, DEV_A106, DEV_A107, DEV_A286 and DEV_A28E.
      4. Thanks to Station-Drivers for the source package.

      Good luck!
      Dieter (alias Fernando)

      EDIT: Meanwhile I have installed the complete Drivers & Software Set v5.5.0.1047 onto my Z170 system, whose Intel SATA Controller is running in AHCI mode. Everything seems to work fine.
      Here are some pictures:
      [[File:RST-15501047-Pic1.png|none|auto]][[File:RST-15501047-Pic2.png|none|auto]][[File:RST-15501047-Pic3.png|none|auto]]

    • Fernando has written a new post "[Guide] How to flash a modded ASUS/ASRock/Gigabyte AMI UEFI BIOS" Yesterday

      @WoodyUK:
      Welcome at Win-RAID Forum and thanks for the info.
      Regards
      Dieter (alias Fernando)

    • Zitat von jeffsrawr im Beitrag #11
      do i need to buy a new bios chip?
      This is the last option, if you can exclude any mistake done by yourself.
      Please have a look into >this< discussion.

    • Fernando has written a new post "[Guide] How to flash a modded ASUS/ASRock/Gigabyte AMI UEFI BIOS" Yesterday

      @greg.chalk:
      It is very easy to get a modified BIOS flashed into the BIOS chip of an ASUS UEFI mainboard, if your specific ASUS board supports the "USB Flashback".
      AFAIK all ROG boards have this feature.

      EDIT: I have moved your post into this already existing thread.

    • Fernando has written a new post "Win 10 Standard NVMe vs Open Fabrics NVM OFA Reference Drivers" 03.26.2017

      @MT:
      Welcome at Win-RAID Forum and thanks for your contribution!

      Zitat von MT im Beitrag #14
      Anyone know how to startup without having to press F8 all the time?
      The OpenFabrics driver has yet not been correctly digitally signed.

      Regards
      Dieter (alias Fernando)

    • Fernando has written a new post "CH341A programmer issues" 03.26.2017

      @WinDrop:
      Welcome at Win-RAID Forum!

      Zitat von WinDrop im Beitrag #1
      The reason why I am reflashing bios using programmer is because my current bios for some reason is reporting an Unknown ME region and laptop is restarting every 30 minutes.
      Our expert regarding the Intel Management Engine BIOS problems is plutomaniac.
      It may be a good idea to post your help request with the title "Problem: Unknown ME region" (or similar) into >this< Sub-Forum.

      Good luck!
      Dieter (alias Fernando)

    • Fernando has written a new post "Dell Precision M4400 bios modding. Bios mod AMT and Computrace?" 03.26.2017

      @NSAfarm:
      Welcome at Win-RAID Forum!
      Since I am not an expert regarding BIOS modding of Dell computers, I am not able to help you myself, but I hope, that you will get support by somebody else.
      Tip: After having entered the words "Dell Precision" or "Dell BIOS modding" into the search box, you will get hints to other threads, which may be interesting for you.

      Good luck!
      Dieter (alias Fernando)

    • @Aili:
      Welcome at Win-RAID Forum and thanks for your feedback!
      It is fine, that you now are able to boot off your Intel 750 NVMe SSD.

      Zitat von Aili im Beitrag #1693
      Somewhere in the internet I've read, that after updating the firmware on the drive, it will not boot anymore, on z77 boards.
      What's you're opinion on this case?
      After having read >this< discussion and the statement given by Intel employees, I am unsure regarding the answer.
      The problem of the related ASRock Z77 chipset mainboard user was, that he was not even able to enter the BIOS, when the Intel 750 SSD with updated Firmware was attached.
      Since the report was already written in December 2015 and I haven't seen similar reports from other Z77 chipset users with an Intel 750 SSD, I suspect an ASRock BIOS issue and not an Intel Firmware one, but I am not absolutely sure aboute it.

      Regards
      Dieter (alias Fernando)

    • Fernando has written a new post "Intel RST/RSTe Drivers (newest: v15.5.0.1047 Beta/v4.6.0.1048 WHQL)" 03.26.2017

      Update of the start post

      Changelog:

      • new: 32/64bit Intel RSTe drivers v4.6.0.1048 WHQL for Win8/10 dated 02/03/2017
      • new: 32/64bit Intel RSTe drivers v4.6.0.1048 WHQL for Win7 dated 02/03/2017
      • new: Intel RSTe Drivers & Software Set v4.6.0.2116 dated 02/22/2017
      • removed: Intel RSTe Drivers v4.2.0.1136 WHQL
      • removed: Intel RSTe Drivers & Software Set v4.2.0.1143
      • removed: Intel RSTe Drivers v4.3.1.1152 WHQL
      • removed: Intel RSTe Drivers & Software Set v4.3.1.1152

      Notes:
      1. Only Intel C600/C600+ resp. C220/C220+ Chipset Series like X79 and X99 are natively supported by these drivers.
      2. Thanks to Pacman for the source package.

      Good luck!
      Dieter (alias Fernando)

    • @jeffsrawr:
      Welcome at Win-RAID Forum!
      If you want to flash a modified BIOS into the BIOS chip of your ASUS Sabertooth Z77 mainboard, you have to use the USB Flashback feature.
      For details look >here<.
      Good luck!
      Dieter (alias Fernando)

    • Fernando has written a new post "CPU Microcode BIOS modding questions/problems" 03.25.2017

      @iakoboss7:
      Thanks for your report. It is fine, that you succeeded.
      By the way: The latest version of the AMI non-UEFI MMTool is 3.26.
      It is good to know, that it may have a CPU Microcode update bug.

      By the way: I have removed your similar posts from the other thread.

    • Fernando has written a new post "Win 10 Standard NVMe vs Open Fabrics NVM OFA Reference Drivers" 03.25.2017

      Today I have done the first benchmark comparison tests.
      Chipset: Intel Z170
      Tested NVMe SSD: Samsung 950 Pro
      OS: Fresh installed Win10 x64 Pro v1703 (Final "Creators Update")
      Tested NVMe drivers:
      1. Generic MS in-box NVMe driver v10.0.15063.0 named stornvme.sys
      2. Generic OpenFabrics NVMe driver v1.5.0.0 named nvme.sys
      3. Samsung NVMe driver v2.1.0.1611 named secnvme.sys


      Here are the results:
      1. Win10 in-box MS NVMe driver:

      [[File:Z170_950-Pro_NVMe_MS-in-box.png|none|900px|450px]]

      2. OpenFabrics NVMe driver:
      [[File:Z170_950-Pro_NVMe_OFA-v1500.png|none|900px|450px]]

      3. Samsung NVMe driver:
      [[File:Z170_950-Pro_NVMe_Samsung-v2101611.png|none|900px|450px]]

      My comments:

      1. As I already have written, the OpenFabrics drivers are not correctly digitally signed. They can only be used after having disabled the "Driver Signature Enforcement".
        Interesting find:
        After having given the OpenFabrics driver a correct digital "Win-RAID CA" signature, I had no problem to get the driver installed, but I was not able to reboot into the OS. The OS tried to repair the boot procedure, but didn't succeed. The only solution has been to choose the "Advanced Boot Options" and to disable the "Driver Signature Enforcement". I have never realized such problem with any of the drivers, which had been digitally signed by me.
        According to the LOG file named SrtTrail.txt, which I found within the C:\Windows\System32\Logfiles\Srt subfolder, the driver named nvme.sys was monitored as being "corrupt" (although it was correctly digitally signed).
      2. It is wellknown, that the currently available Samsung NVMe drivers up to v2.1.0.1611 have a severe "unsafe shutdown" bug (look >here<).
      3. The generic MS Win10 in-box driver didn't give me the best performance, but ran very stable.
      4. All 3 tested NVMe drivers gave my Z170 system a very good performances. The score differences were minimal and probably not even noticeable by the users while doing their daily work.

      My conclusion:
      As long as we don't have properly working Samsung resp. digitally signed OpenFabrics NVMe drivers, I recommend to use the MS own generic Win10 in-box NMe driver.

    • Fernando has written a new post "reviving bricked BIOS with a SDcard" 03.25.2017

      @mariusVu:
      Welcome at Win-RAID Forum!
      Since I am not an expert regarding your specific problem, I cannot help you.
      Nevertheless I hope, that you will get support by any of our BIOS repair Gurus.

      Good luck!
      Dieter (alias Fernando)

      P.S.:

      Zitat von mariusVu im Beitrag #1
      Intel could learn from Allwinner, this chipset realy was a joy to play with, unbrickable.
      Intel is not interested in users, who are going to modify their BIOS.

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