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post #1131 of 1418
you guys think i should try updating my bios to this version to solve my issue?

I didn't see a changelog, it seems like this BIOS update is for Intel Smart Response bugfixes.
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post #1132 of 1418
I'm running this on my P8Z68-M Pro
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 3806, 5/10/2012

there is a more recent BIOS update out there for my board I think but I'm running solid and only need IB recognition..
post #1133 of 1418
So what's the changelog of BIOS 3603?
post #1134 of 1418
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Originally Posted by chika7ilo View Post

New BIOS

P8Z68 DELUXE BIOS 3603
For proper operation, please ensure to update Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver to version 11.2.0.1006 and BIOS to version 3603 before enabling Intel Smart Response Technology.

Update procedure for users needing Intel Smart Response Technology:
(1)Enter OS, and ensure Intel Smart Response Technology has been turned off under Intel Rapid Storage Technology interface.
(2)Install version Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver to version 11.2.0.1006
(3)Reboot the system, and update BIOS to version 3603, then reboot.
(4)Enter the BIOS setup screen, press F5 to load BIOS default, then change the Intel SATA Port to RAID mode.
(5)Boot into OS, and re-enable Intel Smart Response Technology under Intel Rapid Storage Technology.

The following assumes you are not using legacy IDE mode which is another story altogether. In other words not for you at all.

 

Keep in mind this method is only beneficial for those who have a Raid array (OS or Data) in there system or use an Msata drive for SSD caching. Both require Raid mode to be enabled. For all others who have single drive AHCI configuration, that want the new bios & the updated IRST for OS & data drives use the default AHCI mode on Asus motherboards in step 4 otherwise you will get BSOD at windows start screen. Although there is a registry hack to enable a single drive config to boot into raid mode there is no benefit to performance that I'm aware of which makes jumping through that hoop unnecessary.

 

Reg location:

HKLM>SYS>CCS>Services>iastorV> Start = 0 vs 3 

3 being the default for AHCI enabled

changing to 0 enables RAID mode.

 

I've done single OS drive SSD benching in both modes and have found no evidence there is a benefit from one to the other. However if there is a way I'd entertain anyone thoughts on how to do. so.

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post #1135 of 1418
You guys interested in me putting together a guide on manually flashing our Renesas USB3.0 controllers firmware on the P8Z68 Deluxe / GEN3's? (Will probably work for any Renesas controllers for us, not specific to GEN3)

I noticed recently that the Installer won't let us update firmware anymore because it finds "Plural host controllers". I put together a way to flash them individually from command line.


Let me know and I will sit down and write it out.....

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post #1136 of 1418
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Originally Posted by cybrnook View Post

You guys interested in me putting together a guide on manually flashing our Renesas USB3.0 controllers firmware on the P8Z68 Deluxe / GEN3's? (Will probably work for any Renesas controllers for us, not specific to GEN3)
I noticed recently that the Installer won't let us update firmware anymore because it finds "Plural host controllers". I put together a way to flash them individually from command line.
Let me know and I will sit down and write it out.....
Hans

I'd be interested in that.
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I'd be interested in that.

Yes I would as well. I love flashing.
post #1138 of 1418
Will write it up and attached the needed files tonight hopefully. I am in the process of changing cases, so the PC is not up and running at home right now where I have the info.
post #1139 of 1418
USB3.0 Firmware Flash.zip 301k .zip file


OK, inside of the zip file you will have a folder with a few files in it.

extract the folder and place it somewhere easy to get to. Navigate to that patch via CMD and do a quick 'dir' to make sure you see the files in command line.

I included a txt file inside with instructions, but the basics of how it will work are:

-get current info-

W200FW35.exe /srom 4
Type this to get your current USB3.0 hardware addresses. They will be in the form of 0x-00-00, take note of them as we will need that to flash them in the next step.



-how to flash-

W200FW35.exe /srom 4 /write xxx.mem cfg.ini /address 0X-00-00
Type this to flash your firmware replacing xxx.mem with your firmware (I have included 4020.mem) and replace 0x-00-00 with your hardware address you got in step 1. Inside of the folder I have included a file called 4020.mem, this is the latest firmware for the on-board USB 3.0 controllers. You want to keep everything in the same folder so you don't have to path out each individual file, you can just address it directly.

Let me know if this is unclear.
Edited by cybrnook - 12/8/12 at 8:15am
post #1140 of 1418
Quote:
Originally Posted by cybrnook View Post

USB3.0 Firmware Flash.zip 301k .zip file
OK, inside of the zip file you will have a folder with a few files in it.
extract the folder and place it somewhere easy to get to. Navigate to that patch via CMD and do a quick 'dir' to make sure you see the files in command line.
I included a txt file inside with instructions, but the basics of how it will work are:
-get current info-
W200FW35.exe /srom 4
Type this to get your current USB3.0 hardware addresses. They will be in the form of 0x-00-00, take note of them as we will need that to flash them in the next step.
-how to flash-
W200FW35.exe /srom 4 /write xxx.mem cfg.ini /address 0X-00-00
Type this to flash your firmware replacing xxx.mem with your firmware (I have included 4020.mem) and replace 0x-00-00 with your hardware address you got in step 1. Inside of the folder I have included a file called 4020.mem, this is the latest firmware for the on-board USB 3.0 controllers. You want to keep everything in the same folder so you don't have to path out each individual file, you can just address it directly.
Let me know if this is unclear.

This isn't needed if I can use the firmware update program in station-drivers, right?
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