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    • cam234 has written a new post "Issue with new bios, I need help" 07.28.2016

      If you're not using HDAudio perhaps consider disabling it from the BIOS?
      This way it won't appear at all, and depending on boot type not assigned hardware resources either (I/O, IRQ, etc.)

    • cam234 has written a new post "Intel Gbe firmware repository" 07.27.2016

      Thanks that covers it. Just in case anyone else getting this and getting confused - Intel's EE doc "location" (aka addresses) deals in word register (16bits) rather than bytes (8bits) you may see on an editor - so divide by 2. Also I think it's stored Little-Endian?

      There is a checksum so I guess if you change the MAC in the image to flash you need to fix the checksum at word 0x3F (to make 0xBABA - daddy?) - the Gbe dump I from the actual card has proper checksum while the BIOS Gbe dumps have 0xFFFF. Otherwise it won't work?

    • cam234 has written a new post "Intel Gbe firmware repository" 07.27.2016

      Thanks. I think I need to use the "NO LAN" one as it is the right "size" 0xF4 bytes while the "LAN" is only 0xDB bytes (I am comparing with the -V I have dumped).

      It's interesting that besides the bytes 0x1A-1B which I thought was "Device ID" - there are many more places where "A1" is replaced with "A0" in the -LM version - bytes 0x38, 3C, 3E, 42, 46? So there seem to be 6 places where the ID is different???

      Otherwise only byte 0x1C is different (18 -> 1A so bit1 in there becomes ON whatever it means) - both are version 0.1 - guess Intel got this one right 1st time ;)

    • Sandy Bridge VBIOS: 2171

    • cam234 has written a new post "How to make BIOS file for Intel NUC to flash" 07.27.2016

      OK this seems to be more difficult than I thought. If we do manage to obtain a dump from another NUC would that make it possible for someone here to fix it just in case we don't manage to?


    • cam234 has written a new post "Intel Gbe firmware repository" 07.27.2016

      Many thanks. Let me see what I can get working.

      Does anyone have a LM version of i218-V (2) 8086/15A1? aka i218-LM (2) 8086/15A0 Gbe image?

    • cam234 has written a new post "Intel Gbe firmware repository" 07.26.2016

      Thanks for answering.

      1. As you say you likely have more images than I do - but I will keep what I have to send until requested - they're tiny anyway ;)

      2. Great.

      4. So that means I have to make a complete BIOS including ME just to flash Gbe? Or dump the BIOS with programmer, find and change Gbe portion and flash back?


    • cam234 has created the topic "How to make BIOS file for Intel NUC to flash". 07.25.2016

    • cam234 has written a new post "[OFFER] ASUS Maximus VIII - modded BIOSes" 07.25.2016

      Just to update - I'm afraid my BIOS chips have not made it but the ASUS TPM (14+1 pin V2 for Skylake) + 2mm header (dual) pins have (go figure?).

      So getting a bit frustrated - after breaking a 2x6 pin header and removing 1 pin (14+1) to fit TPM - I finally soldered it (getting the solder from the socket holes was hell - make sure you have a solder suction device) and it does work. TPM 2.0 detected in BIOS, Windows ownership taken and BitLocker engaged. So the socket was wired just ASUS did not include the header for some reason on Z170M-PLUS (!)

      The PTT/ME version would have been easier/cheaper/elegant - but this is what turned out (chips, TPM, header all ordered the same time). Sorry. Perhaps if the BIOS finally makes it I may still get crazy enough to remove hardware TPM and try the firmware version - maybe keep the chip for something else ;)

    • cam234 has created the topic "Intel Gbe firmware repository". 07.25.2016

    • I personally try not to mess with the original BIOS; just buy the same model of chip, backup the original chip and restore to new chip and then play with that. This way you can easily go back to original e.g. for warranty purposes.

      It also reduces mechanical stress on the pins, e.g. if you have to remove/insert into socket a few times - you can by accident bend/break a leg and then - pain!

      Try to buy a replacement chip and flash with the backup of the other chip that does boot, see if that works. Otherwise try another programmer? Worst-case perhaps one of the BIOS replacement services can make one for your mainboard for a bit more money.

    • Sorry I don't visit here often yet - the BIOS stuff for modding ME has not arrived yet ;(

      See "How to Increase the GeForce GTX 750 Ti Power Target Limit" e.g. (http://cryptomining-blog.com/tag/gtx-750-ti-tdp/) is a step-by-step on how to do it. Naturally it works on other nVidia cards also done 980 with Maxwell 2 editor and so on. Not sure it has anything to do with sleep - it's just for boost/overclocking. Good luck!

    • One more thing since you mentioned 750Ti - I presume you know the BIOS power settings are very low so the card cannot really automatically boost much. If you modify the BIOS via MaxwellEditor you can easily bump it to the rated 75W from the really low 35W or so most are set. Sorry if you know this already ;)

    • cam234 has written a new post "ThinkPad x220: problem with a custom BIOS" 07.14.2016

      Just FYI to check actual memory bus speed you need software that "looks" at the actual chipset registers (on Windows that's CPU-Z, etc.); DMI/SMBIOS tables may or may not be updated by the BIOS with actual data. Or benchmark. Memory may well have been running at 1867 anyway...

      I had a X220 until a few weeks ago, to be honest for higher speed memory support I just stuck with the older BIOS (1.37?) that did not limit the memory speed. I had good results with Camilomi's modified BIOSes though I think he only removed white-listing, did not add other features - but grew tired of the beeps at each boot.

    • Have you tried updating the BIOS of your nVidia card? If it's UEFI mode perhaps try Legacy boot?

      Failing that, since you say on-board video works with VT-d, I'd try a different video card model, perhaps another brand? It sounds like a video BIOS/driver issue.

      In the past we used to have issues with Hyper-V and integrated video drivers to the extent that we disabled that and put a cheap ATI card in there for VGA video. The Intel drivers would BSOD once Hyper-V was enabled and no amount of BIOS updates or video driver updates would help. With later hardware we had issues in UEFI mode and Hyper-V which again were not fixed by BIOS updates but by booting in Legacy mode. Perhaps somebody can cook fixed BIOSes but for us the work-arounds were faster ;(

    • cam234 has written a new post "Seeking Knowledge (Dell/NVMe)" 07.14.2016

      NVMe support is not the problem here - the problem is that the M.2/NGFF slot is SATA only (aka B) - i.e. it is not connected for PCIe (aka M). So you cannot use even AHCI PCIe SSDs like the XP941, SM951/AHCI, etc. (Similar to Lenovo X1 Carbon 2nd gen which has M.2/NGFF but SATA only)

      Only the XPS13 9350 has M.2 PCIe slot support and even then you need to modify the ME BIOS to set the OPI link to GT4 as (like the NUC6 from Intel see AnandTech article) it is set to GT2 so you're limited to about 1.7GB/s transfer rate. (there are 4x PCIE 3.0 links but the link to CPU is bottlecked).

      You're not missing much IMHO, unless you're running a database/Exchange server on your XPS you'll not see any NVMe benefit - do you have workloads where I/O queue is 32-deep and use multiple-threads doing heavy I/O?

    • cam234 has written a new post "[OFFER] ASUS Maximus VIII - modded BIOSes" 07.14.2016


      Sorry but for the price of a BIOS chip I'd rather play it safe, it may be very unlikely a save/restore won't work but "lost" too many things lately so I'm down on my luck ;(
      This way I can make a copy of the original chip and play with that one - and just put the original back untouched (bar the save) if things don't work right.

    • cam234 has written a new post "[OFFER] ASUS Maximus VIII - modded BIOSes" 07.07.2016

      Just to clarify - after new BIOS chip arrives (seems to be a Winbond 25Q128FV DIP8) - the process is:

      1. Save chip contents with programmer
      2. Modify this image with Flash Image Tool (enable PTT strap)? Or need to unpack and get ME to modify then pack?
      3. Flash this modified image with programmer?


    • cam234 has written a new post "[OFFER] ASUS Maximus VIII - modded BIOSes" 07.07.2016


      Firstly, I would like to thank you for all your work on this site and all the ME firmware/tools!

      Unfortunately the descriptors are locked:

      Reading HSFSTS register... Flash Descriptor: Valid

      --- Flash Devices Found ---
      W25Q128BV ID:0xEF4018 Size: 16384KB (131072Kb)

      Error 318: The host CPU does not have read access to the target flash area. To e
      nable read access for this operation you must modify the descriptor settings to
      give host access to this region.
      FPT Operation Failed.

      I do have a programmer, will need to buy some BIOS chips first to test that it works ;) I thought this would be much easier, then again not sure if soldering a TPM socket on the Z170M-PLUS is more dangerous than ME modding+flash? Maybe just sell the board and get a Gigabyte board with PTT and be done with it?

    • cam234 has written a new post "[OFFER] ASUS Maximus VIII - modded BIOSes" 07.01.2016

      Orsox - sorry I did not explain correctly ;)

      The Gigabyte BIOS has that option and I guess it enables the PTT if that option is set but PTT is not enabled automatically at boot; my idea is to change the strap in ASUS for PTT to be automatically enabled at boot thus requiring no command from BIOS to enable:

      Intel PTT initial power-up state: Disabled

      We need to change the strap/setting in ASUS to be Enabled on boot thus no need for setting/command to enable as it would come up enabled (hopefully):

      Intel PTT initial power-up state: Enabled ;)

      Does that make sense?



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