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#196 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by Fernando 25.03.2016 09:55

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@lurch228:
Thanks for your interesting report, but I am unsure, whether I should put your modding results into the related table, because it may lead other users with an old Intel chipset into a wrong direction.
According to my own experiences it doesn't make any sense to insert an Intel RAID ROM of the v13 or v14 line into an Intel RAID system with an ICH8R Southbridge. It may work, but there are by far better Intel RAID ROM versions available for Intels old (pre-5-Series) Chipsets.

#197 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by lurch228 25.03.2016 10:31

Your call as to whether or not you want to include my results in the table or not. If someone wants to try what I have done at there own risk I'll leave that up to them. As what worked for me may not be for anyone else. Testing the possibilities of what can be done is not for the faint of heart and may not be optimal or ideal for most. I am planning on doing some speed testing results when I get more time and will post the result's once I have them. So I'll leave it there and thanks for your input.

#198 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by Fernando 25.03.2016 11:17

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Zitat von lurch228 im Beitrag #197
I am planning on doing some speed testing results when I get more time and will post the result's once I have them.
That is a good idea.

Nevertheless I would like to explain, what I mean:
All Intel SATA RAID Controllers from ICH8R up (except the LGA 2011 and 2011-3 ones) have the universal externally shown DeviceID DEV_2822. That is why all users of an Intel RAID system from ICH8R up to the 100-Series Chipset Series are able to use the latest Intel RST RAID ROM versions up to the v14 line (provided, that the specific BIOS itself is able to load any >100 KB sized Intel RAID ROM module) and to get the latest Intel RST(e) RAID drivers installed.
Nevertheless this does not mean, that the old Intel Chipsets are (fully) supported by the latest Intel RAID ROM and driver versions.
Reason: The various Intel SATA RAID Controllers from ICH8R up to the 100-Series are absolutely different regarding their features and abilities. That is why Intel has given them separate internal DeviceIDs, which are layed down within the hex codes of the Intel RAID ROM modules (look >here<) and the drivers (= iaStor.sys resp. iaStorA.sys).
So Intel is right regarding what they have written within their related Readme.txt files: Old Intel Chipsets are not supported by the modern Intel RST(e) drivers and RAID ROM modules. They may be installable/insertable, but the user cannot expect, that they will work at its best for officially not supported chipsets.

#199 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by masrock 29.04.2016 19:02

Vendor and exact Name of the mainboard/pc/notebook: Asrock Z97M WS
System Type: MB
Chipset and Southbridge of the system: Z97
Vendor, Sort and Version of the inserted PCI ROM or EFI modules:
OROM IRST RAID for SATA - 13.5.0.2164
EFI IRST RAID for SATA - 13.5.0.2164
Microcode Update Broadwell Version 14 Date 22-01-2016
OROM VBIOS HSW-BDW - 1038
EFI GOP Driver HSW-BDW - 5.5.1033
OROM Intel Boot Agent CL - 0.1.06
EFI Intel Gigabit UNDI - 0.0.09

Success: Yes!!! (Integration and flashing and running the system with it)

With the original Microcode (Version 0B) I had a very unstable linux system, which would freeze when booting (not all the time) or freeze later. Vendor would not provide an update. Now with the newer microcodes (13, 14 for Broadwell) the system is very stable, barely any freezes, nothing.

Thanks for this great tool (collection) and the comprehensive guide how to use it.

#200 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by Fernando 29.04.2016 19:28

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@masrock:
Although I am very late to do it, I want to welcome you at Win-RAID Forum and to thank you for your detailed report about your successful BIOS modding work.

Note:
To avoid a double post about the same thing, I have deleted your first post dated 03/04/2016 after having copied the last sentences into the quite similar report you posted today.
This way none of your informations have gotten lost (except the details of the original BIOS, but they are less interesting here).

Enjoy the Forum!
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#201 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by mr_nuub 18.06.2016 09:57

Hi! I'm back!

Vendor and exact Name of the mainboard/pc/notebook: ASRock X79 Extreme4
System Type (MB=mainboard, PC=personal computer, NB=notebook, BB=barbone): MB
Chipset and Southbridge of the system: Intel X79
Vendor, Sort and Version of the inserted PCI ROM or EFI module: Intel RST(e) RAID ROM 14.8.2.2397, Broadcom OROM 17.2.0, Broadcom EFI 17.2.1, ASMedia 106X 0.951, CPU microcodes (SB-E/IB-E)
Success: Yes
optional: TRIM appeares to be working (tested with trimcheck)!

I will deliver benchmarks for all SataDrivers from 11.7 to 14.8 next week.
Either my SSDs are degrading (despite 100% good in CrystalDiskInfo) or performance of 14.8 on X79 is very very weak...

#202 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by linnaea 04.07.2016 16:33

Vendor and exact Name of the mainboard/pc/notebook: MSI X58 Pro-E
System Type: MB
Chipset and Southbridge of the system: X58 ICH10R/D0

Vendor, Sort and Version of the inserted PCI ROM or EFI modules:
iRST RAID OROM - 10.1.0.1008
JMB363 RAID OROM - 1.0.8.01
Realtek 8168 LAN OROM - 2.64
Westmere-EP uCode Rev. 1A

Success: Yes

No luck with newer RST ROM, guess I'm hitting the 100KB limit seen on some other X58 MBs. Got a blinking cursor with a continous beep on all version past 10.1.

A sidenote, RST driver newer than 13.6 seems to cause a hang during boot if used with ROM 10.1 or lower.

Mod is based on a beta BIOS (A7522IMS.8G3), uCode extracted from a Lenovo Workstation BIOS.

Intel Xeon L5640

For those who want to overclock, uCode Rev. 1A performs worse than older revisions, swap it out with Rev. 13/14/15 instead.
There's a newer revisions I'm aware of, Rev. 1D. These revisions are more focused on addressing security bugs on the chip, so if you're not really that concerned you can just ignore them.



Since someone asked for the modded BIOS, I'll just put it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6wS9nK...iew?usp=sharing

There are two known issues:

1. Saving BIOS image with M-Flash will corrupt the filesystem of the USB drive you're writing to, in the worst case you'll need to reformat.
This doesn't happen with the older v8F stable BIOS.

2. Accessing USB drives is SUPER SLOW, it takes a minute to load even GRUB. This affects both booting from USB and M-Flash.
The same was observed on v8F.

#203 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by neophyter 13.08.2016 09:55

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Vendor and exact Name of the mainboard/pc/notebook:GA-Z77X-U3H
System Type: MB
Chipset and Southbridge of the system: Z77
Bios: F18i date:2014-01-07

Vendor, Sort and Version of the inserted PCI ROM or EFI modules:
OROM IRST RAID for SATA - 15.0.0.2606
EFI IRST RAID for SATA - 15.0.0.2606
OROM VBIOS SNB-IVB - 2158
EFI GOP Driver IvyBridge - 3.0.1030
EFI GOP Driver SandyBridge - 2.0.1024
OROM QCM-Atheros PXE - 2.0.6.6
OROM QCM-Atheros PXE - 2.1.1.5
OROM Marvell 88SE9192 - 1.0.0.0034


Success: Yes

#204 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by Fernando 13.08.2016 13:09

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@neophyter:
Welcome at Win-RAID Forum and thanks for your report.

Zitat von neophyter im Beitrag #203
Chipset and Southbridge of the system: Z77
Vendor, Sort and Version of the inserted PCI ROM or EFI modules:
OROM IRST RAID for SATA - 15.0.0.2606
EFI IRST RAID for SATA - 15.0.0.2606
According to my experience it is not a good idea to integrate any Intel RAID ROM or EFI module of the v14 or v15 development line into the BIOS of an Intel 7-Series Chipset mainboard.
For me it doesn't make much sense to integrate the latest available Intel RAID modules into the BIOS of your "old" system, because it is not fully supported by them. You probably will not get any benefit from these modules, but risk a decrease of your RAID performance and an increase of instability events.
The latest Intel RST(e) RAID drivers and RAID ROM/EFI modules, which do fully support Intel 7-Series Chipset RAID systems, belong to the v13.1.x.xxxx development branch. For details please have a look into the start post of >this< thread.

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#205 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by neophyter 13.08.2016 13:27

Hi fernando, i must say its tru what you say, buts its blazing faster than the stock one "11.6.0.1702"

EDIT by Fernando: Unneeded fully and not correctly quoted text removed (to save space)

#206 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by Fernando 13.08.2016 13:49

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Zitat von neophyter im Beitrag #205
Hi fernando, i must say its tru what you say, buts its blazing faster than the stock one "11.6.0.1702"
You are right: There are better Intel RAID driver and ROM/EFI module versions available for your Intel 7-Series Chipset system than v11.6.x.xxxx, but nevertheless any v14.x.x.xxxx is not a good choice. If you want the best possible performance for your Z77 RAID array, I recommend to insert the Intel RAID ROM module v11.2.0.1527 and to integrate the "classial" Intel RST driver v11.2.0.1006 into the Windows OS image according >this< guide.

#207 BIOS modding success/failure overview by KRyouCK 25.01.2017 02:22

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Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3
Realtek LAN Rom 2.65 = no issues

I tried Intel AHCI-ROM 2.00H and it seems not working (but without or with bad ahci rom it goes MUCH faster for me because I use all 6 ports)

*Also i try to change bios to AHCI mode but got DISK FAILURE TO BOOT and none in bios. With Intel AHCI-ROM 2.00B the same problems

How it works with Intel AHCI 1.20E:


I decided to completely remove Intel AHCI ROM from my BIOS. Any ideas what issues can i have now?
***I use Raid mode with raid1 hhds, raid0 ssds, single hdd and dvd //*picture doesn't show DVD in raid loading screen but it still woking in bios/windows***

#208 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by Cake 17.05.2017 11:17

Hi,

I tried to update my RST option Rom to Intel-RST_RAID-ROM_v10.1.0.1008, but after flashing my ASUs P6T deluxe there is no more CTRL-I to create a Raid. I tried all BIOS Settings for Hours but I could not find a way to do it.
Can anybody help??? i want to use 4 3TB drives in Raid 5 amd the drives a recognized as 750 Gb drives with the original RST 8.00

#209 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by Fernando 17.05.2017 12:02

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@Cake:
Welcome at Win-RAID Forum!

Zitat von Cake im Beitrag #208
I tried to update my RST option Rom to Intel-RST_RAID-ROM_v10.1.0.1008, but after flashing my ASUs P6T deluxe there is no more CTRL-I to create a Raid.
Did you enter the BIOS and set the Intel SATA Controller to "RAID" mode after having flashed the modded BIOS?

Zitat
i want to use 4 3TB drives in Raid 5 amd the drives a recognized as 750 Gb drives with the original RST 8.00

Only Intel RAID ROM modules from v10.5 up are able to see and to manage >2 TB sized RAID volumes. So the inserted Intel RAID ROM v10.1.0.1008 will not really help to realize your plan. Please have a look into >this< BIOS modding success/failure table. According to this table it is possible to get the Intel RAID ROM v11.2.0.1527 properly working with the ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 mainboard.
Good luck!
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#210 RE: BIOS modding success/failure overview by Cake 17.05.2017 12:21

Hi,

I tried the Intel RAID ROM v11.2.0.1527 just now, but now i can not enter the Bios, after the post Screen I end up with a blinking Cursor (:
any further idea what to try? I resetet bios to factory also, same blinking cursor

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