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    • hoeman has written a new post "USB 3.0/3.1 Drivers (original and modded)" 06.30.2017

      @Fernando I see other users are beginning to report the same issue that I ran into. Indeed, as I've detailed in my post, clean install of Win10 1703 followed by importing of certificate via the method outlined (powershell) then installing the drivers did not work for me at all. Following that I tried Redstone1 instead and used the original method 3, which is to just run the .cmd as administrator. Imported the certificate successfully, installed the drivers, and got the same error as @maddog and @chaosminionx where it says the device has been disabled because of unsigned driver. I gave up and reinstalled Win10 1703 and used the stock drivers instead. Sure would love to use the Intel ones. Here's to your hard work in fixing this, @Fernando !

    • hoeman has written a new post "USB 3.0/3.1 Drivers (original and modded)" 06.28.2017

      To answer the questions:
      1) Clean install of Win10 using the 1703 build 15063 iso modified with NTLite to insert the optimal RAID driver for my configuration (v11.2.0.1006 with Intel RAID ROM with credits to you and your hard work!)
      2) I have never used any of the mod+signed Intel USB 3.0 drivers before. This was my first time trying. Prior to installing these drivers, it was running on the default out of the box Win10 USB 3.0 drivers. As an aside, I did not use the mod+signed drivers either for the RAID driver as you mentioned that it is not necessary for my 7-Series chipset as that is officially supported.
      3) I did not use any "pure" USB 3.0 drivers as you said those are only for Win7 and I am on Win10.

      I have been able to roll back to the original Win10 drivers but I refuse to believe I can't install this when I'm sure many others have managed to do so successfully. I just don't understand why Windows keeps blocking it despite having imported the certificate. Now I'm inserting the drivers into the ISO using NTLite and might try a clean install with the modded drivers. Not sure if that would work. Thoughts?

      Looks like I am unable to remove the original components using NTLite unless I purchase a license. Hmm... I might use an older Win10 iso and follow the older procedure to get modded+signed drivers on.

    • hoeman has written a new post "USB 3.0/3.1 Drivers (original and modded)" 06.28.2017

      @Fernando Hi, Fernando, I'm running into a problem with the Intel USB 3.0/3.1 drivers.

      i7 3770K
      Asus P8Z77-V Pro
      980 TI
      4 X 4GB DDR3
      2 X 128GB Crucial M4 RAID0
      1TB Seagate HDD

      I followed the steps to importing the certificate as directed here. I copied the 2 files, "ImportCertificate.cmd" and "Win-RAID CA.cer" into "C:\Cerfiticate", right-clicked Start Button, chose the option "Windows PowerShell (Admin)", wrote "cd C:\Certificate" and hit the "Enter" key, wrote ".\ImportCertificate.cmd" and hit the "Enter" key again, entered "y" (for "Yes!"), when prompted and everything seemed to have worked out ok. I then proceeded to install the driver found in this thread ("64bit DPInst Set with Intel USB 3.0/3.1 Drivers v5.0.4.43 mod+signed by me"), and I received 2 errors about the installation being blocked because of unsigned / invalid certificate (can't remember which). I rebooted and I was hit with the Windows automatic repair screen. I tried to exit out to Windows 10 but that failed and I ended up back at the same screen. Then I chose the advanced troubleshooting options to disable driver signature enforcement and was able to boot into Windows. Now, I installed the driver again and this time all 3 drivers updated without any error messages about the installation being blocked, so I thought this was it. Rebooted and I was once again hit with the automatic repair screen. Again, I chose to disable driver signature enforcement and got into Windows. Final attempt, I did the Win-RAID CA.cer method and restarted only to encounter the same problem. How do I stop Win10 from blocking your modded driver? Help!

    • hoeman has written a new post "Intel Management Engine: Drivers, Firmware & System Tools" 06.27.2017

      Zitat von harmoonia im Beitrag #1360

      I got a problem with my Laptop. I am suspecting that there is a problem with ME, because its having power loss exactly after 10min of power up. No help updating bios. Still same problem.
      Anyway, i tried to follow the guide updating ME firmware but i ran into problem. MeManuf is giving me a following error:

      Error 9331: SMBus hardware is not ready

      Error 9296: MEManuf Test Failed

      Where exaclty i can find out more information about those error codes and more importantly can i ignore those errors and continue with firmware update?

      @Fernando Hi, Fernando, I face the same issue as harmoonia right now. I'm on a P8Z77-V Pro motherboard and wish to update my ME firmware to the recommended Intel ME Firmware v8.1.65.1586 (1.5MB) you provided here, but while following the steps, MEMANUF gives me the same errors (9331 and then 9296). I'm too fearful to proceed now. What do I do?

      @plutomaniac Hi, Plutomaniac, it appears I addressed the wrong guru. Sorry Fernando for the mistake. Could you help me with this please, Plutomaniac?


      Ok, crisis averted. I updated the driver to the recommended v11.0 drivers and ran the memanuf utility again. Passed. Proceeded to flash the ME firmware too. All good. Thank you!

    • hoeman has written a new post "RAID performance" 07.23.2016


      Do you recommend that I create a raid array? Should I have gotten 2 x Samsung 850 EVO 250GB in RAID 0 instead? From your benchmarks it seems like RAID 0 does benefit SSD. I thought it doesn't. Also, given my plans to get more storage with mechanical drive(s), should I run two 1TB WD Black in RAID 0 or just get one 2TB WD black and keep everything at AHCI?

    • hoeman has written a new post "Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers?" 07.22.2016

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #363
      Zitat von willie666 im Beitrag #362
      What is your alternative for me to use the latest drivers?
      There are people, who feel better, when they are running the latest drivers no matter whether these drivers do support their system at its best or not. I always compare the different driver versions and choose the driver version, which seems to be the best for my system.

      Your latest modded drivers didnt work on my Z77 board.
      Then you have done something wrong. Please repeat the procedure.
      By the way: I do not create or modify any driver (= *.sys file). All I do is customizing the related text file (*.inf) to make the driver installable with Controllers, which are natively not supported.

      Why should I use the old win7/8 drivers from above? So I use the latest 8-series AHCI.

      If this driver is the best for you, why not? By the way: The Intel RST driver v14.8.0.1042 is not the latest from Intel.
      My personal experiences with my old Z77 and Z68 systems were different (look >here<).

      Hi Fernando, sorry for the quick follow up post, but may I ask where your Z77 benchmarks went? I tried to refer to it as linked in your post, but you removed them because you gave the systems away. Not sure what the reference point for Z77 is now.

    • hoeman has written a new post "Modded Intel AHCI and RAID Drivers (digitally signed)" 07.22.2016

      Hi Fernando, I am so sorry for being a noob and for my absolutely clueless questions. I'm trying to learn but there is a deluge of information and I've been out of the game for quite a while now.

      Recently, I've put together a rig for myself, here are the specs:

      CPU: i5 3570K
      Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme6
      Ram: 2 x 8GB
      SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB

      That's about it save for the case, psu, and fans, which are inconsequential to what I'd like to ask you about, that being "What exactly am I supposed to install to run my system optimally?"

      I followed this guide regarding what I'm supposed to do prior to overclocking, and started off with the Intel Chipset Drivers. Following that, I promptly got stuck as the Intel RST Driver, despite saying it supports my chipset:

      Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology Release is designed to provide
      functionality for the following Storage Controllers:
      - Intel(R) 100 Series/C230 Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
      - Intel(R) 9 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
      - Intel(R) 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
      - Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
      - Intel(R) C600 Series Chipset SATA AHCI Controller

      refused to install on Windows 10 x64, telling me that "This platform is not supported". I was flabbergasted and Googled for answers. Eventually a forummer in my local hardware forum was kind enough to inform me that the only way to get that installed on my setup is by using Fernando's Win-RAID driver. But because he said this:

      Workaround if you want latest drivers with proper trim support for W10, IIRC is fernando winraid forums inf modded drivers

      I ended up scratching my head at that, and started Googling what TRIM is about. From what I've gathered thus far, it is something to do with garbage collection with respect to SSDs, to prevent deterioration after deletes and formats. So now my question is, since I'm using an SSD, is this something I have to prioritize? Also, as I started going down this rabbit hole, I read that even if I weren't running RAID, I should set my SATA controller in BIOS to RAID mode instead of AHCI, since RAID mode is already in AHCI but also provides me the option of going RAID later on if I so choose to, rather than having to reinstall Windows when that time comes. While I don't see myself getting another Samsung 850 EVO 500GB to use in a RAID configuration (as I've read that there is little to no real performance gain in running SSDs in RAID 0), I might consider getting two WD Black 1TB to run in RAID 0 at some point in the future (unless that's a bad idea?). To be honest, I thought about running two WD Black 1TB in RAID 0 instead of just getting a WD Black 2TB because I read RAID 0 is faster and there are performance gains there, but seeing as I'm a noob and there are many veterans here, perhaps you guys can give me some advice on that.

      - Z77 chipset
      - Tried to install official Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) RAID Driver Version:
      - "This platform is not supported"
      - Will most likely never run SSDs in RAID even if I were to get more SSDs in the future (unless I should? Please advise!)
      - Might run 2 identical mechanical drives in RAID 0 in the future instead of just getting 1 mechanical drive with double the storage because with my limited knowledge, I've come to believe that RAID 0 for mechanical drives yields performance gains (unless I shouldn't? Please advise!)

      I'm so sorry for being such an absolute idiot about all of this. I'm thoroughly confused. Help!

      EDIT: Unneeded blank lines removed (to save space)



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