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#16 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by Fernando 20.10.2015 16:09

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@ jookeer:
Welcome at Win-RAID Forum!

Zitat von jookeer im Beitrag #15
Then I mounted/installed the disks on an ich8r mobo. Had to unRAID the disks in RAID BIOS. Then tried to reRAID but the ich8r RAID BIOS won't accept more than 3 disks for RAID5. Intel RST utility says it cannot handle arrays > 2TB, so it also refuses more than 3 disks.
My question is if there is any work around, perhaps to replace the Intel RAID BIOS.
Only Intel RST RAID ROM modules from v10.5.x.xxxx up do support > 2 TB sized RAID volumes.
So you will have to update the Intel RAID ROM version of the mainboard BIOS to v10.5.1.1070 or v11.2.0.1527.
What I do not know is, whether your BIOS is able to load such a big sized Intel RAID ROM module.

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#17 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by jookeer 20.10.2015 17:37

How to figure out if my BIOS ROM can handle v10.5.1.1070 or v11.2.0.1527.

#18 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by Fernando 20.10.2015 21:30

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Zitat von jookeer im Beitrag #17
How to figure out if my BIOS ROM can handle v10.5.1.1070 or v11.2.0.1527.
Since your mainboard is not yet listed within >this< BIOS Modding Success/Failure table, you probably will have to test it your own.
By the way: Since there is no space difference between both Intel RAID ROM modules, I recommend to try the v11.2.0.1527, which is by far the best choice for your system.
Don't forget to prepare an USB flash drive with the original BIOS (for the case of a failure), before you start to flash the modded BIOS.
Everything will be done at own risk.

Good luck (fingers crossed)!
Dieter

#19 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by jookeer 22.10.2015 13:54

Where can I find the Intel OROM v11.2.0.1527 file?

#20 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by Fernando 22.10.2015 19:15

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Zitat von jookeer im Beitrag #19
Where can I find the Intel OROM v11.2.0.1527 file?
>Here<.

#21 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by jookeer 23.10.2015 01:00

I'm using CBROM. EXE in DOS mode.
>cbrom yyy.bin /D to list content. There is a module "PCI ROM[B] compressed size 37.39K RAID_OR.BIN" - I guess this is the one
to be replaced by the newer ROM_v11.2.0.1527 (file size 119K) code?
Looking for a "Replace" command in CBROM and how the new code can fit in since it's much larger?

#22 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by Fernando 23.10.2015 01:11

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@ jookeer:
You should not compare the compressed size of a module, which is within a BIOS, with an uncompressed size of another one, which will be compressed after its insertion as well.
If you want to know the uncompressed size of the originally present PCI ROM named "RAID_OR.BIN", you should extract it.
Then you can compare the uncompressed size of both modules.

#23 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by jookeer 23.10.2015 12:27

OK - thanks!
1. CBROM says the "Original size" is 61K. I guess this is the uncompressed size? Please see original BIOS as attachment, AB9_27.BIN
2. Using "cbrom ab9_27.bin /group extract" -> creates a 20K file. Looks too small? Anything wrong here?
3. Intel OROM v11.2.0.1527 file size is 119K, uncompressed I guess? Please see attachement 1527.BIN

4. What are the CBROM commands to replace "RAID_OR.BIN" section with 1527.BIN? Google cannot find a complete CBROM manual or tuturial, so some hints/help would be appreciated, thanks!

#24 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by Fernando 23.10.2015 19:11

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Zitat von jookeer im Beitrag #23
4. What are the CBROM commands to replace "RAID_OR.BIN" section with 1527.BIN? Google cannot find a complete CBROM manual or tuturial, so some hints/help would be appreciated, thanks!
Why don't you read the start post of this thread (especially chapter D) before writing any already answered questions?

#25 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by geremias1234 13.11.2015 14:57

Hi, i from Brazil, Help me used cbrom195 ?

#26 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by Fernando 13.11.2015 17:59

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@ geremias1234:
Welcome at WinRAID Forum!

Zitat von geremias1234 im Beitrag #25
Help me used cbrom195 ?
It is not easy to guess, what you mean. What is your problem?
Which BIOS do you want to modify? Which modules do you want to update?
Do you need the tool named CBROM32_195?

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#27 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by jigglywiggly 08.01.2016 05:46

Just wanted to say thanks a ton! I updated my old gigabyte ep45-ud3p 1.6 with no problems whatsoever.

The old version of of the raid rom wouldn't recognize my 5tb drives properly. If I tried to setup RAID, intel's old rom saw them as 500 GB drives.

Just replaced ICHARAID.BIN with v11.2 and the system now correctly identifies their proper 5TB size.

#28 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by yakou32 28.01.2016 15:31

Hello!

Brand new here! Thank you so much for all these resources and the amount of work.

I'm following this guide to update the NVRAID of an ASUS P5N-D motherboard.

I get until this point:

Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #1
Most important is the exact offset position of the "MEMINITENTRYPOINT", which should be the same as within the original BIOS file.


The line of the NVRAID has changed (the new one was actually added and not replaced in the first place). Although the new NVRAID is below PPMINIT, the old NVRAID was above.


More, comparing the offsets in the two files, the "PPMINIT" string is located at two different offsets.

You suggest to fix correct that problem before proceeding, without changing the checksum.

How can I do that?
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#29 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by Fernando 28.01.2016 17:30

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@yakou32:
Welcome at Win-RAID Forum!

Zitat von yakou32 im Beitrag #28
The line of the NVRAID has changed (the new one was actually added and not replaced in the first place). Although the new NVRAID is below PPMINIT, the old NVRAID was above.
All inserted/replaced Option ROM modules are added at the bottom of the numbered BIOS module structure listed by CBROM.
In this case it was a mistake to use one of the latest CBROM versions like CBROM32_198, because they all try to (re)move the sensitive modules into the correct place while replacing any Option ROM, which has been listed above of them, but do not succeed with this operation. The older CBROM tools like v1.55 do not move the sensitive modules while replacing any Option ROM modules.
The safest method is to replace the current NVRAID.ROM module by an inactive "Dummy" module. After having done that you can insert the desired NVRAID.ROM module. For details please have a look into the first 3 posts of >this< thread. Additionally I recommed to read the posts of >this< thread.
As you will recognize after reading the posts of the linked threads, the desired update of the NVIDIA nForce RAID ROM will not easily been done and the risk of a failure while trying to flash the modded BIOS is high.
That is why I recommend to let the modded BIOS been checked by an expert (I don't know enough about this kind of BIOS modding) before you are going to flash it.

Good luck!
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#30 RE: [Guide] Award/Phoenix BIOS Modding by yakou32 28.01.2016 19:31

Thank you very much for your kind advises and the appropriate links.

I think I understood the main proces; one phrase sums it up :

Zitat von SummoneR im Beitrag Exchanging PCI OROMs and padding with DUMMY
If you only want to exchange one particular module, you can go off right with the old module to Dummize it, then copy/paste it back to the same place and you can
insert the new/updated module with CBROM right to the end of the list.


1. Build a dummy NVRAID OROM : extract the original one, and then deactivate it by replacing its vendor and device IDs by fake values.
2. Replace the NVRAID OROM by the dummy one in the BIOS ROM
At this point, the global size above the PPMINIT should not change.
3. Add the new NVRAID OROM at the end of the BIOS ROM (after PPMINIT)

But, even if I understand the main idea, I don't understand how the hexa editor works, and I don't identify the values to be replaced.

I'm afraid to be stuck with some 4TB drives that won't be recognized by my old RAID :(

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