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    • Stickmode has written a new post "ASUS CrossHair V Formula Z MOD bios 2201" Today

      Zitat von Sentinel im Beitrag #22
      Very nice speed consistency!

      Good bechmarks Sentinel, this Patriot drive is on par with Samsung drives ( around 1430 MB/s writte, 1520 MB/s read). I would like Yeemaster3 to put his Intel drive benchmarks too, so we'll have a better performance chart between Samsung, Patriot, and Intel drives using this MOBO.

      Thank you!!

    • Stickmode has written a new post "Samsung SM951 (AHCI/NVME) Firmware update" 01.12.2017

      Zitat von evo85210 im Beitrag #30
      I have a MZVPV256 firmware BXW7, is this the newest? why is my firmware version only 4 digits?
      i'm using a msi laptop

      Welcome evo85210, the lastest firmware for Samsung NVMe drives is "BXW75D0Q", from Dell...
      Some manufacturers only put the first four digits in their firmwares, but generally speaking your firmware is BXW7300Q wich is the standard...

    • Stickmode has written a new post "Samsung SM951 (AHCI/NVME) Firmware update" 01.10.2017

      This question is for MartPwnS, as you have some Linux experience: Do you know about the "nanddump' command in Mtdutils for linux?. I have googled it, and it seen to work with M.2 SSD, this command tool can dump all the Nand-flash from a drive, the only thing to know is the lenght and offset location of the firmware.

      Thank you!!

    • Stickmode has written a new post "ASUS CrossHair V Formula Z MOD bios 2201" 01.10.2017

      Zitat von Sentinel im Beitrag #20
      ..and it WORKED!!! Thank You very much!

      It's confirmed, this Bios works with other brands of M.2 SSDs. I'd recommend to use this Bios instead the others, and this MOBO will recognize every M.2 drive you install in it, if not, let me know and I'd fix your boot problem with the specific drive.

      Thank you!!

    • Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #1236
      Zitat von davidm71 im Beitrag #1235
      Perhaps if you could please post your unmodified 29kb ffs file for comparison that would help.
      My source file was the one, which was attached to >this< post written by celemine1gig.
      Hi Fernando, is this the latest NVMe module from Clover?. Or the latest is that you provided in post # 912, what are the differences between both modules?, are both tested and working?

      Thank you!!

    • Stickmode has written a new post "Samsung SM951 (AHCI/NVME) Firmware update" 01.09.2017

      Zitat von MartPwnS im Beitrag #20
      The tools you linked have no way to read from the NAND flash they can just "Download" aka flash a firmware file in chunks to the controller.
      Is there any proof that lenovo offers a possibility to backup the old firmware ?
      Because having the decompiled C code in front of me that seems unlikely...
      Thanks for the info MartPwns, did you decompiled the "fwwinupdater_v11.exe" file?. Because this is the core executable that performs the firmware update and should had a backup command. Without this command we cannot dump our firmware to start sharing it and update.

    • Stickmode has written a new post "Asus Crosshair V Formula 1703 modded BIOS" 01.07.2017

      Happy new year everyone, I'll ask Phoenix48: Does this Bios can be upgraded to boot M.2 SS drives?. As I did with the CF5Z Bios, I inserted both Samsung_M2.DXE & NVMeEXPRESS.DXE boot modules with MMTool so if you want to boot from a PCIe 4X connected M.2 SSD adapter, you can do it for every M.2 model in the market.
      I think it could work, because this MOBO has similarities with the CF5Z.

      Thank you!!

    • Stickmode has written a new post "ASUS CrossHair V Formula Z MOD bios 2201" 01.07.2017

      Zitat von yeemaster3 im Beitrag #15
      Worked great, used the USB boot media method. Thanks for the help!

      Ok Yeemaster3, can you give us your speed benchmark. I'm curious to see if the Intel drives perform better than the Samsung models using this mobo.

      Thank you!!

    • Stickmode has written a new post "Samsung SM951 (AHCI/NVME) Firmware update" 01.07.2017

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #16
      Welcome at Win-RAID Forum!
      I hope, that you will get the requested informations from our Forum member Stickmode.
      Dieter (alias Fernando)

      Hi Fernando, thanks to be here in this forum's topic. I'd like to ask you about "fwwinupdater_v11.exe" utility wich is the core to update the firmware of our SM951 drives. As I know every firmware update tool can upgrade the firmware and also backup this, if so there is a command to backup hidden in this tool. We just need to discover it, how to do that?, as I'm a nebbie coder I need your help or someone that can help us discover this command to finally start to update our drives.


    • Stickmode has written a new post "Samsung SM951 (AHCI/NVME) Firmware update" 01.07.2017

      Zitat von kochevnik im Beitrag #15
      @Stickmode Hello. I have a friend with Lenovo laptop. I would like to help out and get his firmware. What's the procedure to back it up?
      Thank you

      Hello Kochevnik, tell your friend to open a ticket from Lenovo tech support. Telling them that he has a NVMe SM951 M.2 SSD (MZVPV256HDGL-000L1), and he'd use the FWSD36 firmware update utility to update his M.2 drive, but first he'd like to BACKUP his firmware. How to do that with this firmware update utility.
      The reason I'm asking you this, because this tool updates the firmware of our drives, but we need the latest firmwares first to upgrade our drives. We have to DUMP the firmware and start sharing it to make a firmware database, due Samsung doesn't officialy support this drive model and they will never do. Only third parties like Lenovo, HP, and Dell could offer firmware updates; but these firmwares also work with standard drives with the same model number.

      Thank you!!

    • Stickmode has written a new post "ASUS CrossHair V Formula Z MOD bios 2201" 01.05.2017

      I am trying to boot from a Patriot Hellfire 240g NVME and a Crosshair Formula Z, with no luck. A little help will be apreciated!

      Ok Sentinel, probably the NVMeExpressDXE doesn't detect the Patriot drives. I'll update this Bios with the latest NVMeExpressDXE (from CLOVER) customized & provided by Fernando, this new NVMe module offers better compatibility and performance. This could help the Bios to detect your drive, give it a try...

      Here's the file, let me know your results:

      PD: I'll encourage everyone to try this new Bios for such improvements, and use benchmarks to test its performance compared to the other Bios posted in this topic.

    • Stickmode has written a new post "Samsung SM951 (AHCI/NVME) Firmware update" 01.02.2017

      Happy new year everyone!!

      I'm still waiting for our friends of Overlockers.com to help us find a way to dump the firmware. So, I need the help of everyone in this forum for clues of how to do this job, what utilities we need, and the help of an expert coder to create a utility for this purpose or moddify the "firmwareupdaterv11", with your help we'll get the firmwares as soon as possible.

      Thank you!!

    • Stickmode has written a new post "ASUS CrossHair V Formula Z MOD bios 2201" 01.02.2017

      Zitat von yeemaster3 im Beitrag #12
      Do you know if this method will work with DVD boot media rather than USB for Win10 install?
      Anyways, I have an Intel 600p SSD coming. I will post back with results.
      Ok, thanks Yeemaster3. I haven't tried this method, but I think it could work if you update and change the Bios settings and put your DVD-rom to boot first in boot priority, then after OS install you can change it to boot your Intel M.2 drive first as Windows boot manager.

    • Stickmode has written a new post "ASUS CrossHair V Formula Z MOD bios 2201" 01.02.2017

      Zitat von Sentinel im Beitrag #11
      Hello! and happy holidays!

      I am trying to boot from a Patriot Hellfire 240g NVME and a Crosshair Formula Z, with no luck. A little help will be apreciated!

      Happy new year!!
      First some questions, do you updated the Bios?, do you follow the OS install instructions?. Also, do you changed the Bios settings as I recommended. I tell you this because if you changed the settings, your drive has to appear at the boot tap in Bios, if so you can install the OS and make it bootable.

    • Stickmode has written a new post "Asmedia 104x USB 3.0 firmware" 12.28.2016

      Thank you Mockingbird, your firmware is for PCIe USB 3.0 cards. But would be posible to use this file for mobo's firmware removing the padding, you can check the firmware version using the ASmedia firmware update utility wich is available here in this forum's topic. You have to run the utility in DOS and input the command to check the firmware file.

      Update: Yes, you have the latest firmware. Good discover, well done.

    • Stickmode has written a new post "ASUS CrossHair V Formula Z MOD bios 2201" 12.22.2016

      Zitat von stfenix im Beitrag #9
      I signed up just to say thank you for your work on this, finding and modding my own BIOS for this has been a nightmare I've been working with for the last two weeks. This method works and works well. And the instructions are very clear. I hope this reaches up in the google rankings because It took me sometime to find it.

      I am using this as my boot drive, and the BIOS really does work to make this functional.

      Thanks StFenix, I hope you enjoy this new performance level with M.2 drives. This topic is based on Samsung M.2 SSDs, but I'm curious if this Bios works with other brand's models (Intel, Corsair, Patriot, OCZ, Kingston, Plexor, Toshiba, etc...). If someone has one of those M.2 drives, let me know showing your results here in this topic. I hear that these Samsung modules work with other brands, I just want to confirm it.

      Thank you!!

    • Stickmode has written a new post "ASUS CrossHair V Formula Z MOD bios 2201" 12.07.2016

      Ok guys, let's start this guide to install Win10 on Samsung SM951 (AHCI/NVME). This guide is specially for this MOBO's Bios and applies to every M.2 SSD again AHCI or NVME using a PCIe x4 adapter card:
      - First create a bootable USB stick with the tool Rufus, select GPT partition for UEFI, FAT32 file system, and create a bootable disk using an ISO image (select the WIN10 ISO). (Note: you have to re-check these settings, because when you select the ISO file, RUFUS changes them and you have to set them again).
      -Choose the following settings in Bios boot menu: Dissable Fast boot, in CSM tap select Boot device control to UEFI only, boot from storage device to UEFI driver first, and boot from PCIe/PCI to UEFI driver first. The CSM has to be enabled all the time. You have to disconnect all your other SATA drives, a better way is simply disable them in advanced settings=>Sata Configuration=>OnChip SATA Channel=>DISABLED. Next time you can enable it after the OS installation.
      - In Secure boot tap select OS type to Windows UEFI mode. Then in Boot Override select the UEFI USB Stick you connected to the system.
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      -Boot from the USB stick and when the OS installs and shows the partition allocated, delete the drive's original partition and install a new one choosing "new". Then continue the OS installation, you'll get a bootable M.2 SSD with WIN10 installed. After that you can customise the Bios settings changed before, it doesn't matter if it's Legacy or UEFI mode; the drive boots only if you choose "Windows boot manager: (Drive model)", first in boot priority. Enjoy...

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      Update: I have tested the SM951 NVME version, but the Bios recognizes it as "PATA SS" and "Windows Boot Manager". Only selecting the Windows Boot Manager the drive boots normally.

    • Stickmode has written a new post "Samsung SM951 (AHCI/NVME) Firmware update" 12.06.2016

      Ok, I'll update the content folder. Yes, the FWSD36 is the main archive because this utility not only allows us to update SM951 drives, but other drives too. So, I just extract the contents related to the SM951, if you check the "fwwinsd.exe" and "fwwinsd.pro" are already there. Also, you can mod the "fwwinsd.pro" due this file is in reality a config file where you can customise the Lenovo utility settings. As I did, I greyed-out the "start-update" button. But, in this case I'll downgrade to BXW24L1Q firmware wich is the only firmware available with this utility. That is why we need to dump (backup) the current firmware of our SM951 drives to more firmwares be available for flashing (update).

      [[File:Config.JPG|none|auto]] [[File:Config.jpg|none|auto]]

      What this code line means:
      #### Samsung SM951 256GB #####
      "SAMSUNG MZHPV256HDGL-000L1","BXW22L0Q","BXW24L0Q","BXW24L0Q_0116_DL.ENC","fwwinupdater_v11.exe","","S","Samsung"
      ; #### Samsung SM951 512GB #####
      "SAMSUNG MZHPV512HDGL-000L1","BXW22L0Q","BXW24L0Q","BXW24L0Q_0116_DL.ENC","fwwinupdater_v11.exe","","S","Samsung"

      If we have for example the MZHPV256HDGL-000L1 model with firmware BXW22L0Q or BXW24L0Q then update to BXW24L0Q_0116_DL.ENC firmware file, using the "fwwinupdater_v11.exe", I don't know the ," ", signal maybe is the interface found, and the "S" the command to flash the firmware.
      So, if I want to downgrade my firmware to BXW24L0Q then I mod this line like this:

      "SAMSUNG MZHPV256HDGL-00000","BXW2500Q","BXW24L0Q","BXW24L0Q_0116_DL.ENC","fwwinupdater_v11.exe","","S","Samsung"
      And the Start button greyed-out, do you get it?

      The exe file that does all the work is "fwwinupdater_v11.exe", wich is a flashing tool and as every flashing tool it uses commands to flash and BACKUP the firmwares, this is the file we need to be modded by an expert coder to find the BACKUP COMMAND that allows us dump the firmware of our SM951 drives.

      PD: I'll try other methods to DUMP (Backup) the drive firmware like: FlashRom, Flash, Uniflash, Flasher, and Winloader. If I have success I let you know, if you know any method that works post your results here in this forum's topic.

      Update: No luck, these tools doesn't work with NAND flash located inside the Samsumg UBX controller. It needs a special code interface to dump the firmware, I discovered another tool "NVMEPCISSD.EXE" on the Dell forums that allows to backup the firmware, but only works with NVME drives not AHCI. I'll let you know if it works.

      Thank you!!

    • Stickmode has written a new post "Samsung SM951 (AHCI/NVME) Firmware update" 12.05.2016

      On my PCs (non Lenovo) when I try to start any of the 3 executable files you refer nothing happen...
      I would like to see first if this Windows tool does detect a SM951 AHCI device, and does able to display what is the current FW.

      Please, can you provide a screenshot of what you get when you start this tool ?

      Yes, the tool is "fwwinsd.exe" wich is a GUI with dependency to the three files. So, to run the utility it needs the other files in the same folder, also the "fwwinsd.pro" file too. You can see the picture in the first post. The drive is detected, but cannot update the firmware because there isn't a newer firmware in the FW folder.

    • Stickmode has written a new post "Samsung SM951 (AHCI/NVME) Firmware update" 12.05.2016

      Zitat von davidm71 im Beitrag #8
      So your saying you can flash a non-Lenovo firmware but just can't back it up? Or perhaps you installed a non Lenovo oem drive and wish to back up the firmware??

      Couple ideas.. perhaps install the m.2 drive in a clone via a pcie adapter card and use any software tools that may be out there to rip the firmware. Or perhaps mod the backup tool by negating the line of code that checks for manufacturer and see if that works. Problem is if it's compiled code that would be tough to do vs modding a script..

      Thanks for your response Davidm71, exactly; the Lenovo firmware utility allows to update the firmware, even if your system isn't from Lenovo (SSDs included), the backup process is different if your system isn't Lenovo, then you can't backup your firmware. Only if you're using a Lenovo system you can do that, and that is exactly what we wanted to do. Take a look of the files inside the package, and you'll see three executable files FWWinup.exe, FWWinup_11.exe, and FWWinup_11a.exe witch are related to the Lenovo utility. If you use 7zip you can uncompress these files and see different codes inside in HEX. I think one of these has the Device address to detect the flash ROM inside the drive controller and the scripts to backup (dump) and flash (update) the firmware.



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