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#91 RE: [Discussion] How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by Fernando 10.09.2015 17:05

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@ PatrickKoller:
I am sorry, but I am out of the game, becauseI don't have the time to continue it.
This is a test scenario, which is full of questions, hoping and guessing, what may happen.
Anyway it would be a good idea to have a permanently working Windows OS, which has been installed in UEFI mode and has a "Windows Boot Manager". From within this OS running in the same mode as the OS, which has been installed onto the SM951, it may be possible to add resp. repair the boot sector of the SM951.

#92 RE: [Discussion] How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by PatrickKoller 10.09.2015 17:23

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@Fernando
Thanks! I will try that and a few other things and hopefully it will work somehow...
Anyway, many thanks for all your help!!

Maybe I could ask you on more question?
Are the "Lan PXE OPROM" and "Power on by PCIE" Settings in BIOS relevant for this topic or can I forget about them?

Greetings!

#93 RE: [Discussion] How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by Fernando 10.09.2015 19:17

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Zitat von PatrickKoller im Beitrag #117
Are the "Lan PXE OPROM" and "Power on by PCIE" Settings in BIOS relevant for this topic or can I forget about them?
AFAIK both modules are irrelevant for your desired purpose.

#94 RE: [Discussion] How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by xelanaiznac 14.09.2015 16:32

solution found for ssd pci express ahci and x79
i have the rampage IV extreme with xp941 bootable.
i found out that there are a lot of different version of samsung_m2_dxe.
if i use the one that are suggested in forums, it doesn't work.
the only one that work comes from a modded bios created by asrock for one on their customer.
i attached it here, because it is the only one that works

#95 RE: [Discussion] How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by Fernando 14.09.2015 16:56

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@ xelanaiznac:

Welcome at Win-RAID Forum and thanks for having published your interesting find, which may help other users of a Samsung SM951 SSD to get it bootable.
Since the Samsung_ME.DXE module has nothing to do with the NVMe support, which is the topic of the other thread where you have posted the same, I propose to remove your post there. Your contribution there may be misleading for the users.

Regards and thanks again!
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#96 RE: [Discussion] How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by xelanaiznac 14.09.2015 17:32

Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #120
thanks for having published your interesting find, which may help other users of a Samsung SM951 SSD to get it bootable.
Since the Samsung_ME.DXE module has nothing to do with the NVMe support, which is the topic of the other thread where you have posted the same, I propose to remove your post there. Your contribution there may be misleading for the users.
thank you fernando for all your efforts.
i have deleted the post in the other thread as you suggested! sorry for the mistake

EDIT by Fernando: Unneeded parts of the quoted text removed (to save space)

#97 RE: [Discussion] How to get a natively not supported Samsung M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by Fernando 14.09.2015 17:46

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Zitat von xelanaiznac im Beitrag #97
i have deleted the post in the other thread as you suggested! sorry for the mistake
Thanks!

@ PatrickKoller:
What do you think about testing the Samsung_M2_DXE module, which has been posted by xelanaiznac?
If this module should work better for your X79 system than the currently inserted module, I will offer this new Samsung M.2 module within the "BIOS Modules" section of the Forum.

#98 RE: [Discussion] How to get a natively not supported Samsung M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by Fernando 14.09.2015 19:05

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@ felix, @ MacGyverSG1, @ tasate, @ tectown, @ Menshawi82, @ PatrickKoller, @ xelanaiznac, @lordkag:

Since there are a lot of threads about the Samsung SM951 within different sections of the Forum, I have tried to merge all posts, which belong to the topic "How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable" into this new thread.
Furthermore I have renamed >this< thread, which is situated within the "System Performance" section of the Forum, from "Discussion on Samsung SM951 M.2 Card" to "[Discussion] Performance of the Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD AHCI variant".

I hope, that this is ok for you all.
If I should have done any mistake or forgotten to move some posts, which would better match this thread, please let me know it.

Kind regards
Dieter

#99 RE: [Discussion] How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by dwaleke 20.09.2015 10:25

Zitat von xelanaiznac im Beitrag #95
solution found for ssd pci express ahci and x79
i have the rampage IV extreme with xp941 bootable.
i found out that there are a lot of different version of samsung_m2_dxe.
if i use the one that are suggested in forums, it doesn't work.
the only one that work comes from a modded bios created by asrock for one on their customer.
i attached it here, because it is the only one that works


Thank you so much for posting this. I tried quite a few times on my Asus Z87 Maximus VI Gene bios and could never get the 951 to show in the bios. This X79 module did the trick.

#100 RE: [Discussion] How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by Fernando 20.09.2015 11:15

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@ dwaleke:

Welcome at Win-RAID Forum and thanks for your report!

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#101 RE: [Discussion] How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by barisahmet 26.09.2015 09:52

Zitat von dwaleke im Beitrag #100
Zitat von xelanaiznac im Beitrag #95
solution found for ssd pci express ahci and x79
i have the rampage IV extreme with xp941 bootable.
i found out that there are a lot of different version of samsung_m2_dxe.
if i use the one that are suggested in forums, it doesn't work.
the only one that work comes from a modded bios created by asrock for one on their customer.
i attached it here, because it is the only one that works
Thank you so much for posting this. I tried quite a few times on my Asus Z87 Maximus VI Gene bios and could never get the 951 to show in the bios. This X79 module did the trick.
I have tried everything (maybe 20-30 SAMSUNG_M2 modules) before. This worked like a charm on my Maximus VI Extreme! I can see drive as Samsung MZHPV512HDGL-00000 in BIOS.

For anyone interested, I have installed windows 8 in EFI mode first (for activation, you need to upgrade again to install on a new SSD), then upgraded to windows 10 without any hassle. Both media (for installing and upgrading) have to be in EFI mode, this is important. You can upgrade directly from Windows too. Then fresh installed Windows 10 without any issues. Working like a charm now. I have read somewhere that I have to disable CMS settings in BIOS, but I didn't, and it's working.

First time I am registering on a forum to say thanks, you saved my day.

Thank you!

#102 RE: [Discussion] How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by Fernando 26.09.2015 11:29

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@ barisahmet:
Welcome at Win-RAID Forum and thanks for your report!

Zitat von barisahmet im Beitrag #102
I have read somewhere that I have to disable CMS settings in BIOS, but I didn't, and it's working.
For a proper installation of Win10 onto a Samsung M.2 SSD it is required to boot the OS containing media in UEFI mode, but not to disable completely the CSM settings within the BIOS before starting with the OS installation.
Nevertheless you will get the shortest boot time, if you run the OS in "clean" UEFI mode (= CSM disabled).

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#103 RE: [Discussion] How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by sirvigh 19.10.2015 15:52

Hi All, Fernando,

Over the weekend I have also had fun with a Samsung SM951 M.2 Typ 2280-D3-M (NGFF) - 256GB (B) in a DeLock PCI-Express-x4 Kontroller (which has an M keyed slot, damn the designers!)

I have an ASUS Maximus VI Extreme, with 1603 BIOS, modded based on your guides and files (I updated RAID and SATA). It works perfectly, just have to make sure you edit the BIOS CAP file with Aptio IV tool. The UBU's Aptio V tool is not good: if you use it, the flashback function will not pick up the BIOS file.

The 'X79-version of the Samsung DXE module' works for me as well. I couldn't help notice that the 'old-fashioned' boot simply failes or stucks if I try to boot from the SM951. Which created an interesting problem for me, since I had my system image, with MBR/non-GPT disks. What could be the problem with it? Why is the UEFI mode has to be forced?

I have tested it with Win10 and Win7, the performance holds what is said in the specifications.

Good site, good forum! I'm glad I found you guys!

#104 RE: [Discussion] How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by isaac 19.10.2015 19:27

Since this week you can now use a windows 7 or windows 8 license key when you install windows 10. no need to install old windows version and upgrade anymore.

#105 RE: [Discussion] How to get a Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (AHCI variant) bootable? by Fernando 19.10.2015 21:42

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@sirvigh:
Welcome at Win-RAID Forum and thanks for your feedback!

Zitat von sirvigh im Beitrag #104
I couldn't help notice that the 'old-fashioned' boot simply failes or stucks if I try to boot from the SM951. Which created an interesting problem for me, since I had my system image, with MBR/non-GPT disks. What could be the problem with it? Why is the UEFI mode has to be forced?
Because the needed Samsung M.2 BIOS module is an EFI one and will only be loaded in UEFI mode. Any boot in LEGACY mode requires an Option ROM module, which is usually part of the CSMCORE file. Such Option ROM modules are not available for M.2/PCIe connected SSDs.

@isaac:
Welcxome at Win-RAID Forum!
Question: What has your contribution to do with the topic of this thread?

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

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