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post #1001 of 1418
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I installed it without having to startup anything (only the driver).
New RST driver available: 11.5.2.1001 too

Thanks. So what does that manual star up do really?
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post #1002 of 1418
Hey, this is only a hint and my own experience with Intel NIC (!) drivers.
If you have not had any problems without following these advise from intel's own readme (!) then feel fine and enjoy your life.
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But if you miss all intel tabs inside the windows device manager concerning the intel nic, then better do as advised and manually start the windows modules installer service inside the windows management console before reinstalling the intel nic drivers.
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I think it was good idea to include that information incase it did fail to install for others, I was just saying that for me I didn't have to.
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Thanks. So what does that manual star up do really?

Not much, if it fails as above then start it and try again. You reboot it will go back to starting manually - and/or you can simply stop it afterwards anyhow. If however you disable it for some reason then nothing can start it which may cause problems.
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Another driver update for Asmedia USB.. 1.16.1.0.
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post #1005 of 1418
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I think it was good idea to include that information incase it did fail to install for others, I was just saying that for me I didn't have to.
Not much, if it fails as above then start it and try again. You reboot it will go back to starting manually - and/or you can simply stop it afterwards anyhow. If however you disable it for some reason then nothing can start it which may cause problems.

Oh ok. Thanks man.
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post #1006 of 1418
There's a new ME firmware out: 8.0.10.1464 (from version: 8.0.2.1410).

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post #1007 of 1418
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There's a new ME firmware out: 8.0.10.1464 (from version: 8.0.2.1410).
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How can we update this?
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There's some interesting reading about all that here.

http://faenl.msi.com/ftp/Mainboard/Z77%20MPower%287751%29/Driver/1.5m/1.5MB%20FW%20Release%20Notes%208%200%2010%201464%20%28MR1%29.pdf

For example 8.0.2.1410 is defined as HF2 (hot-fix 2?) while 8.0.10.1464 is defined as MR1 (Maintenance Release 1?). Between them there's been 2 other hot-fixes.

If you google "ME8_1.5M_8.0.10.1464" it's pretty much one hit.
Quote:
Release :
Intel® Management Engine Firmware 8.0 Intel® 7 Series Express Chipset MR1 Release – 8.0.10.1464
Intel® Management Engine Firmware 8.0 Intel® 6 Series Express Chipset MR1 Release – 8.0.10.1464

Target Platform :
Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge & Intel® 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family
Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge & Cougar Point Chipset Family
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There's some interesting reading about all that here.
http://faenl.msi.com/ftp/Mainboard/Z77%20MPower%287751%29/Driver/1.5m/1.5MB%20FW%20Release%20Notes%208%200%2010%201464%20%28MR1%29.pdf
For example 8.0.2.1410 is defined as HF2 (hot-fix 2?) while 8.0.10.1464 is defined as MR1 (Maintenance Release 1?). Between them there's been 2 other hot-fixes.
If you google "ME8_1.5M_8.0.10.1464" it's pretty much one hit.

Meaning it is not recommended to upgrade to the latest MEI?
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post #1010 of 1418
Cleaned this up a bit.

What if any / much benefit it provides is questionable but the PDF explains the details. The currently provided ME firmware by ASUS is ME8 hot-fix2 while 8.0.10.1464 is maintenance-release 1 (which itself is ~4 months old by now).

You can find that version at MSI board: Z77 MPower.

http://faenl.msi.com/index.php?dir=Mainboard/Z77%20MPower(7751)/Driver/1.5m/

Since this I've found that Intel have updated their boards with newer version: 8.0.13.1502 (google most of their BIOS release notes). The actual BIN file is harder to find and there's only one place I found it, user attached again at the MSI forum.

If you choose to download 8.0.10.1464 it comes with various documentation showing what it all does. Anyhow, I've installed 8.0.13.1502 which now shows:
Quote:
Intel(R) ME code versions:

BIOS Version: 3402
MEBx Version: Not available
Gbe Version: 1.3
VendorID: 8086
PCH Version: 5
FW Version: 8.0.13.1502
UNS Version: 8.1.0.1281
LMS Version: 8.1.0.1281
MEI Driver Version: 8.1.0.1263
Wireless Hardware Version: Not Available
Wireless Driver Version: Not Available

Intel(R) Capability Licensing Service - PRESENT/ENABLED
Protect Audio Video Path - PRESENT/ENABLED
Intel(R) Dynamic Application Loader - PRESENT/ENABLED
Quote:
Firmware release includes the following applications:

• Platform Clocks – Tune Intel® 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family clock silicon to the parameters of a specific board, configure clocks at run time, and power management clocks. Benefit: Allows extensive customizability and soft control of “Third generation” clock solution and makes clocks available before CPU powers up.

• Silicon Workaround Capability – Intel® ME FW will have limited capabilities to perform targeted workarounds for silicon issues. Benefit: Allows Intel® ME FW to address some issues that otherwise would require a new silicon stepping.

• Thermal Reporting – Intel® ME FW has the ability to collect platform thermal data and provide that data to embedded controllers and super I/O devices over SMLINK1 as well as in memory map I/O space.

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