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#991 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by kwk_kwk 30.10.2016 16:17

It is very strange, but in "UEFI only" mode I'm able to see the empty list.
Parameters of Rufus which I used are:
Partition type: GPT with UEFI
File System: Large FAT32
Cluster size: 32k
Bootable disk type: ISO-image

But now it is not important. Finally I've managed to boot in UEFI mode from USB DVD-rom.
But when Win 10 installer asked me to choose drive for installation I again can't see SSD drive in list.
Frankly this time I haven't disconnected my SATA drives during boot of installer, hardly it impacts to discovering M.2 drive.
I'm starting to think that M.2 technology still is very immature if it still can't work from the box.

Finaly there are 2 questions:
1. Should I nescesary boot from USB Flash or from DVD is also suitable way?
2. Should I always disconnect SATA drives in order to right discovering M.2 SSD?

#992 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by Fernando 30.10.2016 18:16

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Zitat von kwk_kwk im Beitrag #989
when Win 10 installer asked me to choose drive for installation I again can't see SSD drive in list.
Since the BIOS itself was not been able to identify the SSD, how should Win10 Setup at this early stage know, which PCIe connected SSD model you are running?
What did you see instead? Has it been "Windows Boot Manager"? If yes, this is absolutely normal.

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1. Should I nescesary boot from USB Flash or from DVD is also suitable way?

Generally both options are possible, but the OS installation via USB Flash Drive is much faster and usually safer (less risks of WRITE or READ errors).
By the way: I suspect, that your in-use USB Flash Drive was not the best choice and the reason why you didn't succeed with the OS installation via USB port.

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2. Should I always disconnect SATA drives in order to right discovering M.2 SSD?

I generally recommend to temporarily disconnect all other Disk Drives except the target one before starting the OS installation, because this is the best option
a) to make sure, that the boot sector inclusive the bootloader will be located within the desired target Disk Drive, and
b) to improve the likelihood of a flawless OS installation (the presence of other, maybe problematic Disks, e.g. RAID arrays, may cause problems).

#993 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by kwk_kwk 30.10.2016 20:22

Here are screenshots of booting steps:










I've tried again plug controller in each of three PCE-e slots. Result the same.

#994 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by Fernando 30.10.2016 20:46

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@kwk_kwk:
Please attach the modded BIOS, where you had inserted the EFI NVMe module, as *.zip or *.rar archive.
Then I will do a look into it.

#995 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by kwk_kwk 30.10.2016 22:10

Modded BIOS is here.

P8Z77-V-PRO-ASUS-2104.MOD.CAP.zip

#996 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by Fernando 30.10.2016 23:24

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@kwk_kwk:
Thanks for having attached the BIOS, which had been modified by you.
I could not find any mistake, which may be the reason for the SSD detection failure, and I have no idea about how to solve your problem.

#997 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by jan771 31.10.2016 01:01

Zitat von delprong im Beitrag #978

The SM961 has the latest cxz7300q firmware dated 2016.09 which runs cooler to sort the thermal throttling of the early drives.


Is it possible to update the firmware? Or did you just got a newer model?
Thx and regards

#998 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by davidm71 31.10.2016 02:46

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Hey kwk_kwk,

Are you able to see your nvme drive as a secondary drive from another windows installation on a separate standard sata drive?

Curious..

#999 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by kwk_kwk 31.10.2016 07:53

Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #994

Thanks for having attached the BIOS, which had been modified by you.
I could not find any mistake, which may be the reason for the SSD detection failure, and I have no idea about how to solve your problem.


Thank you for help anyway.
I will try to find someone among my friends who have MotherBoard with M.2 support and firstly will check controller there.

And ane more question, I know it maybe sound ridiculous, but is there a way to make P5-series motherboard work with M.2?

#1000 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by Fernando 31.10.2016 11:47

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Zitat von kwk_kwk im Beitrag #997
And ane more question, I know it maybe sound ridiculous, but is there a way to make P5-series motherboard work with M.2?
It will be possible with M.2 SSDs, who have a LEGACY mode NVMe Option ROM within their own NVMe Controller chip.
Furthermore I recommend to read >this< contribution posted by davidm71 and to follow his link.

#1001 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by delprong 01.11.2016 02:50

Hi Jan771,

My drive came with the newer firmware installed.

I'm not aware of any firmware update being available as it is really an OEM drive for system builders.

Best chance is to keep an eye out on Dell and HP sites/forums as this is most likely place an update will be found (if at all).

Throttling may be reduced if you have good air flow in your case or maybe install a small case fan to cool the drive?

#1002 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by delprong 01.11.2016 03:46

To help detecting drive by bios when trying to install windows, try attaching drive as a secondary drive and just intializing it (but not partitioning or formatting it) in Computer Management console.

Then turn off, disconnect all other drives (including DVD rom etc), attach NVMe in the PCI-e slot, boot up and go into bios and set up CSM to boot via UEFI only with fast boot disabled, restart computer with GPT-UEFI FAT 32 formatted USB flash drive inserted and go to boot menu, choose UEFI USB stick and let windows setup start.

Go for a custom install and hopefully the NVMe drive will now show up!

#1003 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by MajkelP 01.11.2016 10:41

Finally, I managed to add nVme support to my bios. I bought CH341A-based programmer to flash SPI EEPROM and followed the instruction written by CodeRush. But still I do not understand why some of the users (including me) have problem with Asus flashback. Anyway, now I am buying Samsung 950 Pro and I am going to install Windows 7. I found it instruction here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/...mbdrive.783921/

#1004 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by 4anangel 01.11.2016 14:34

Hello, first of all thank you all for this work.

I would like to know what's the difference about doing an insert of the NVMeExpressDxE.ffs instead the 3 modules separately Nvme.ffs, NvmeSmm.ffs, NVMEINT13.ffs

Have an ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 and I want to give it a try. So as stated in this post: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up (8)
I downloaded the Z97 bios from ASRock and extracted the 3 modules from it but now I don't know if I should insert only the NVMeExpressDxE.ffs or it's better to insert 3 modules extracted from Z97 bios instead.

Thank you.

#1005 RE: [Guide] How to get full NVMe support for Intel Chipset systems from 6-Series up by Fernando 01.11.2016 14:53

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@4anangel:
Welcome at Win-RAID Forum!

Zitat von 4anangel im Beitrag #1002
I downloaded the Z97 bios from ASRock and extracted the 3 modules from it but now I don't know if I should insert only the NVMeExpressDxE.ffs or it's better to insert 3 modules extracted from Z97 bios.
According to my own tests it doesn't matter, which one of both methods you choose, but the insertion of just 1 module (NvmeExpressDxE.ffs) is easier and doesn't need as much free space within the BIOS file as the insertion of 3 modules.

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

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