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atomota
Posts: 43 | Last online: 04.23.2017
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    • atomota has written a new post "BIOS Company" 04.07.2017

      you could zip that bios and upload it here attaching it to your reply, maybe people with access to tools will try to run that by those tools.

      Without knowing where the BIOS dump came from its impossible otherwise or advising which tool to use. so best provide the file and any information like which system and details about that system where this dump came from. If you dont know this best look at a hex editor.

      Best results maybe upload the dump here.

    • atomota has written a new post "MC Extractor: Intel, AMD & VIA Microcode Extraction Tool" 04.07.2017

      I think I extracted some newer microcode see attachment. On the other hand Im quite sure this means nothing, in that case I apologise and ignore it as the UBUntool reporting the new microcode is likely too old.

      This is related to post Intel CPU Microcode modules (2)

    • atomota has written a new post "[Guide] How to insert pictures or attach files to a post" 04.07.2017

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #7
      Zitat von atomota im Beitrag #6
      Thats unfortunate.
      If you pay the new hoster and do the required work (incl. a frequent backup, which is now done by my current hoster Xobor.de), I will think about a move to another hoster.



      Well, what I meant by unfortunate is that https://www.xobor.de/ claim this is a professional forum software and yet have clearly quite buggy Language support and feature wise seems fairly impaired (from my non admin ability in this forum).

      I would argue that it is their responsibility to deliver on the promise of this so called professional forum software and fix those bugs, unless of course their support is like Asus, Corsair and such many terrible companies that provide bad support and have no interest in their customers.

      However looking at https://www.xobor.de/ they clearly also only target German consumers and have no English on their website, which probably means that wont get any better soon.

      On the subject of moving these boards to another hoster:

      This would be a challenge without knowing what compatibility or migration systems exists if any, because I assume you would want to import user accounts, all posts and databases. I imagine much if not everything would break, especially if this forum software is unique to Xobor.

    • atomota has written a new post "Intel Management Engine: Drivers, Firmware & System Tools" 04.07.2017

      Theres a new ME Driver Intel Management Engine Interface (MEI/AMT) Version 11.7.0.1010 WHQL


      Seems driver version remains same that one you blocked though 11.7.0.1002


    • atomota has written a new post "Intel CPU Microcode modules" 04.07.2017

      According to UBU tool 1.65 > This MSI 7A69_223.zip Download < has found new CPU microcode


      Select option for update

      1 - Intel RST(e) OROM and EFI SataDriver
      OROM IRST RAID for SATA - 15.5.0.2813
      EFI IRST RAID for SATA - 15.5.0.2813
      EFI AMI NVME Driver present
      2 - Intel OROM VBIOS and EFI GOP Driver
      OROM VBIOS SKL-KBL - 1046
      EFI GOP Driver SKL-KBL - 9.0.1052
      3 - LAN OROM PXE and EFI UNDI - Intel, RTK, BCM, QCA
      OROM Intel Boot Agent CL - 0.1.10
      EFI Intel Gigabit UNDI - 0.0.09
      7 - Update Intel CPU MicroCode
      Kabylake CPUID 0906E9 - 48
      Skylake CPUID 0506E3 - A6
      Found new Microcode 000906E9000000220000004811152016000178004761D4C9
      9 - ME Analyzer
      FW ME of scanned BIOS File 11.6.25.1229 CON_H_D0
      i - Versions, HomePages and etc.
      0 - Exit
      Press ENTER - Re-Scanning ALL EFI modules.

      Enter number:

    • atomota has written a new post "ME Analyzer: Intel Engine Firmware Analysis Tool" 04.06.2017

      Whats does PV FD and VCN stand for?

      Some of the outputs of this tool are somewhat clear, but others are clear as mud, both the label like above or the values it reports.
      Could you clarify the meaning of these?

    • atomota has written a new post "Intel Management Engine: Drivers, Firmware & System Tools" 04.06.2017

      Zitat von plutomaniac im Beitrag [Discussion] UBU Tool related Questions, Reports and Suggestions
      Updating and Servicing/Repairing the ME firmware are not the same thing. For the former everyone (OEM & end users) uses Intel's FWUpdate tool (clearly explained at the ME thread). For the latter, which is what you need, other methods are required.


      So I can flash the updated version? (I know its not what I need but Im willing to try) OK, since all 5 motherboards tested with same issue here and another umpteen at my friends and Asus is diddling both of us, I guess in that case I can try the upgrade to latest ME firmware and see what gives.

      I already have the right FW image.

      Current

      -------[ ME Analyzer v1.10.2 ]-------
      Database r82

      File: TUF-Z270-MARK-1-ASUS-0906.CAP

      Family: ME
      Version: 11.6.0.1126
      Release: Production
      Type: Region, Extracted
      FD: Locked
      SKU: Consumer H
      Rev: D0
      VCN: 120
      PV: Yes
      Date: 20/09/2016
      FIT Ver: 11.6.0.1126
      FIT SKU: KBP-H Z270
      Size: 0x1F0000
      Platform: SPT/KBP
      Latest: No

      Press enter to exit


      Newer target ME update

      -------[ ME Analyzer v1.10.2 ]-------
      Database r82

      File: 11.6.25.1229_CON_H.bin

      Family: ME
      Version: 11.6.25.1229
      Release: Production
      Type: Region, Extracted
      SKU: Consumer H
      Rev: D0
      VCN: 178
      PV: Yes
      Date: 12/02/2017
      FIT Ver: 11.6.25.1229
      FIT SKU: KBP-H Z270
      Size: 0x1BF000
      Platform: SPT/KBP
      Latest: Yes

      Press enter to exit



      By the way @plutomaniac what does the VCN: 178 mean? The original is VCN: 120

      The size is obviously different but Im assuming this is normal.

      Ill let you know what the result is.

    • atomota has written a new post "[All about] Intel Ethernet/LAN Drivers" 04.06.2017

      No idea really of the cause, Im fully blocking all telemetry, CEIP and anything else under the sun, unfortunatly I dont have the patience to reinstall the OS just because the version went from 14393.0 to 14393.959.

      On my Virtual machines all is fair game, in fact Im running various virtual OS of 1703 build 15063.14, Pro and Enterprise 2016 LTSB flavours, but the virtual hardware is not same so the issue doesnt apply.

      My motherboard though has two NICS so I wonder :/ anyway, Im fixed ;)

    • atomota has written a new post "[Discussion] UBU Tool related Questions, Reports and Suggestions" 04.05.2017

      Zitat von plutomaniac im Beitrag #2860
      No you cannot "swap" via UBU, that will never happen, and no you cannot do anything to fix that problem without having FD read/write access. Neither UBU nor MEA can help you, the tools are unrelated. It has already been discussed elsewhere, end of story.
      Yes I read that on the description on main page.
      I know Im stuffed.
      The question is, how would Asus update the ME firmware then? If it cant be done via mainboard bios and the FD is locked, then this means that the ME firmware will always be that version?
      Somehow I have a hard time believing this, sadly I lack the skills at this moment to investigate this further.
      Unless of course Asus can release a mainboard bios that unlocks the ME FD for update and locks it back up after. No idea, Ill have to research this elsewhere.
      Edit:
      I downloaded the UBU tool version 1.65 from somewhere else and confirmed that it has no facility to swap the ME module.

      @plutomaniac I know the MEA only analyses the ME bios, I only used it to confirm that the mainboard bios ships with the broken ME version I have.
      I will investigate the possibility of how to unlock the FD via mainboard bios and swap the ME Module via other means other than this forums. There simply has to be a way Asus can perform this update other than direct HW flash.
      Sadly the Intel ME is shrouded in secrecy and conjecture and if such way exists to do via mainboard bios, no one that knows will speak up.
      Yes, yes, I know, theres nothing you can do, I remember what you said, Im just verbalizing my thoughts as I cant give up on trying to fix my issue.

    • atomota has written a new post "[Guide] How to insert pictures or attach files to a post" 04.05.2017

      Thats unfortunate.

    • atomota has written a new post "[Discussion] UBU Tool related Questions, Reports and Suggestions" 04.05.2017

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #231
      @atomota:
      Meanwhile I have moved your post into this much better matching thread.
      How is this a better thread? The question was regarding the possibility to swap the ME module in motherboard bios with UBU tool, you cant do with ME analyser.

    • atomota has written a new post "[Discussion] UBU Tool related Questions, Reports and Suggestions" 04.05.2017

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag [Tool Guide+News] "UEFI BIOS Updater" (UBU)
      You can check the Intel ME details of any BIOS by using plutomaniac's the ME Analyzer. No UBU tool is required for this task. For details look >here<.

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      -------[ ME Analyzer v1.10.2 ]-------
      Database r82
       
      File: TUF-Z270-MARK-1-ASUS-0906.CAP
      &nbsp;
      Family: ME
      Version: 11.6.0.1126
      Release: Production
      Type: Region, Extracted
      FD: Locked
      SKU: Consumer H
      Rev: D0
      VCN: 120
      PV: Yes
      Date: 20/09/2016
      FIT Ver: 11.6.0.1126
      FIT SKU: KBP-H Z270
      Size: 0x1F0000
      Platform: SPT/KBP
      Latest: No
       
      Press enter to exit
       


      Thanks, I wonder if its possible to swap the ME module inside the bios and flash with a newer version, I guess its not, if it were, @plutomaniac would have suggested that as a solution to my ME spilock error issue.

      EDIT by Fernando: I have put the ME Analyzer Code into a "spoiler" (to save space) and moved the post into the much better matching thread.

    • atomota has written a new post "[All about] Intel Ethernet/LAN Drivers" 04.05.2017

      Maybe 1703 has fixed it now, I reported the issue to Microsoft a while back.

      But on 1607 it does. Constantly, its a cat and mouse chase. (Well it did on my system Im on 1607 14393.969)

      Anyway, I thought Ide share the solution in case others suffered like I did.

    • atomota has written a new post "[All about] Intel Ethernet/LAN Drivers" 04.05.2017

      You will find that Microsoft now also downgrades your driver version in Windows 10 to a 2015 2 year old version...
      They did it to me and upgrading drivers again, only to see the downgrade happen 2 minutes later, it will be a cat and mouse chase which users will lose.

      There are two solutions;

      Hardcore Solution. (stick it to Microsoft permanently for downgrading your drivers.)

      1) Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository
      2) Open folder named e1d65x64.inf_amd64_5aae64f9d5975639
      3) Remove all contents
      4) Right click on folder and remove all permissions.

      Note: This is reversible at any time by taking ownership of the folder So you are 100% in control

      Non permanent solution

      See How to temporarily prevent Windows update from screwing your drivers

      1) Download Windows Update Show Hide
      2) Run the file
      3) Check the affected drivers
      4) Complete the operation of tool

      Note: This is non permanent and will not last a long time and eventually Microsoft will ignore your preferences as they do.

      I decided on the hardcore option, and stick it to Microsoft.

    • atomota has written a new post "[Guide] How to insert pictures or attach files to a post" 04.05.2017

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #1
      A. How to insert a picture (best choice: stored as *.jpg or *png file):
      1. Write and format the text of your post.
      2. Hit "Attach file" at the right hand bottom of your edted post.
      3. Click onto "Dateien auswählen", which means "Select Files" (my hoster forgot to translate it), and navigate to the *.jpg or *.png file you want to insert and click onto it.
      4. Hit the "Upload" button, which is just beyond the "Select Files" area.
      5. Navigate your input device (mouse or touchpad) to the place, where you want to get the image file inserted, and set the cursor exactly there.
      6. Hit onto the "Insert" button, which you will find on the right hand bottom of the post just on the right side of the listed just uploaded image file.
      7. Now you will get a popup window, where you can choose the shown picture size (the default and best is "auto") and the insertion mode. Just click onto "Insert image".
      8. Click the "Preview" button to verify, that the image file has been inserted at the correct place.
      9. If you want to insert more pictures, you can do it the same way as before.
      10. Click "Submit" resp. "Post thread".

      B. How to attach a file (best choice: compressed as .ZIP or .RAR archive):
      1. Write and format the text of your post.
      2. Put the file(s) you want to attach into a .ZIP or .RAR archive by using WinZip or WinRAR.
      3. Hit "Attach file" at the right hand bottom of your edted post.
      4. Click onto "Dateien auswählen", which means "Select Files" (my hoster forgot to translate it), and navigate to the *.zip or *.rar file you want to attach and click onto it.
      5. Hit the "Upload" button, which is just beyond the "Select Files" area.
      6. If you want to attach more than 1 file, you can do it the same way as before.
      7. Click "Submit" resp. "Post thread".

      What would be nice is to not have German button/option/setting text on English forums ;)
      Your how to is fine, most of us, myself included English is not first or second or third language, sadly my German is extremely poor, and Fernando, youre not a sexy German girl, so the incentive to learn is non existent ;)

    • atomota has written a new post "[Discussion] UBU Tool related Questions, Reports and Suggestions" 04.05.2017

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #208
      Zitat von atomota im Beitrag #207
      Any idea when there will be links ;)
      The answer from the developer and author of the UBU tool is within post #202.
      Thanks.
      So what can I use in meanwhile to see what modules and versions are included in the bios 0906 for Asus TUF Z270 Mark 1
      Could you let me know what can I use? Im particularly interested in the Intel ME portion, but other information would be helpful

    • atomota has written a new post "[Discussion] UBU Tool related Questions, Reports and Suggestions" 03.31.2017

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #1
      Download the latest version of the "UBU" tool from [url=]>here<[/url] (developer's link) or [url=]>here<[/url] (MEGA link, not always up-to-date).
      Note: Both links have been temporarily removed, but will be available again as soon as possible. We are sorry about this inconvenience.
      Any idea when there will be links ;) thx.

      @plutomaniac sorry for the offtopic in ME thread.

      thx

    • atomota has written a new post "Intel Management Engine: Drivers, Firmware & System Tools" 03.29.2017

      @plutomaniac

      Re: (A7) Me FW Downgrade - Request Me Spilock Failed Asus TUF Z270 Mark 1

      Asus released a new bios version 0906 which has already been flashed via Flashback.
      However to no avail of this issue which like I suspected has fallen into deaf hears at Asus.

      The good news at least is that some other issues were fixed non related to that which I was also having, but that only brings my bug count down by 1 from total of 3 leaving 2 unresolved issues. Its also not part of bios changelog.

      Off the top of your head, whats the latest and best tool to open the bios and look at what versions of everything comes with it? Could you link or point me?

      Thanks again and I hope Im not too much of a pain.

      Will complain again to Asus since they are utterly not helpful in all fronts support wise.

      be well and dont buy Asus.

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