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ASUS EZ Update has been updated to version 2.00.08.
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ASUS EZ Update has been updated to version 2.00.08.

Meh.
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Asus P8Z68-V Pro
Windows XP Pro SP3 with Intel's SATA AHCI and RAID drivers integrated.

Can anyone confirm if it is at all possible to back flash to an earlier version of Intel Management Engine Interface Firmware. I tried but keep getting errors. The current version is v8.1.20.1336. I did a quick search through this thread, but may have missed the answer if already posted. So sorry if I missed it.
The reason I ask is that it may be the last action I take before calling Asus for an RMA. I fist put together the P8P67 then when Microcenter had the new Z68 in stock May 2011 I opted to get that instead of the new P67. I went through all the known issues like some many millions. So I kept updating Bios and drivers as they became available. Everything was fine except for the double post. But I could live with it. Haven't seen it that much in the past year. My biggest issue started a couple of months ago. Random BSOD mostly when I'm surfing the web. It's now ridiculous. I tried everything. Going back to an earlier version of the OS. Updating all critical updates. Reinstalling the OS from scratch. Format HD and installed Win 7. Tried making adjustments of know issues with Firefox.. Tried Chrome. Tried an earlier non supported version of Firefox. Updated all drivers and firmware. Uninstalled latest programs I may have. Spent two hours taking the PC apart and wiping the thermal grease from heat sink and CPU. Cleaned out all dust. Re-assemble PC from scratch. Ran Memtest86+ and Intel burn test. Reinstalled all drivers. Updated all drivers to current. Now finally I decided to down-grade all drivers and firmware. I know I cannot downgrade BIOS. Now I'm having trouble downgrading the firmware for ME. I tried within windows executing the flash.bat also I tried flashing from Hiren's Boot CD in Dos. Whether the ME is the issue is still unknown. But I figured I'd try that as well before I conclude that it is a faulty motherboard. I like to think that it's a driver issue, but my actions listed about disproves that. Oh, yes I'm aware of the PLL settings and the CPU C1E, C3, C6, Enhance Intel Speedstep Technology, BCLK, Turbo Ratio, EPU, TPU...etc, etc, etc. Went through all variations of the Ai Tweaker. Still random BSOD. Not sure if I missed anything.
Thanks.
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Originally Posted by thisisnuts View Post

Asus P8Z68-V Pro
Windows XP Pro SP3 with Intel's SATA AHCI and RAID drivers integrated.
Can anyone confirm if it is at all possible to back flash to an earlier version of Intel Management Engine Interface Firmware. I tried but keep getting errors. The current version is v8.1.20.1336. I did a quick search through this thread, but may have missed the answer if already posted. So sorry if I missed it.
The reason I ask is that it may be the last action I take before calling Asus for an RMA. I fist put together the P8P67 then when Microcenter had the new Z68 in stock May 2011 I opted to get that instead of the new P67. I went through all the known issues like some many millions. So I kept updating Bios and drivers as they became available. Everything was fine except for the double post. But I could live with it. Haven't seen it that much in the past year. My biggest issue started a couple of months ago. Random BSOD mostly when I'm surfing the web. It's now ridiculous. I tried everything. Going back to an earlier version of the OS. Updating all critical updates. Reinstalling the OS from scratch. Format HD and installed Win 7. Tried making adjustments of know issues with Firefox.. Tried Chrome. Tried an earlier non supported version of Firefox. Updated all drivers and firmware. Uninstalled latest programs I may have. Spent two hours taking the PC apart and wiping the thermal grease from heat sink and CPU. Cleaned out all dust. Re-assemble PC from scratch. Ran Memtest86+ and Intel burn test. Reinstalled all drivers. Updated all drivers to current. Now finally I decided to down-grade all drivers and firmware. I know I cannot downgrade BIOS. Now I'm having trouble downgrading the firmware for ME. I tried within windows executing the flash.bat also I tried flashing from Hiren's Boot CD in Dos. Whether the ME is the issue is still unknown. But I figured I'd try that as well before I conclude that it is a faulty motherboard. I like to think that it's a driver issue, but my actions listed about disproves that. Oh, yes I'm aware of the PLL settings and the CPU C1E, C3, C6, Enhance Intel Speedstep Technology, BCLK, Turbo Ratio, EPU, TPU...etc, etc, etc. Went through all variations of the Ai Tweaker. Still random BSOD. Not sure if I missed anything.
Thanks.


I think CodeRush posted an answer to this problem.

He has a guide on http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1726429 or you could PM him?
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I think CodeRush posted an answer to this problem.
He has a guide on http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1726429 or you could PM him?
Thanks alancsalt. I'm going to that link now and read it. I'll post back.
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Thanks alancsalt. I'm going to that link now and read it. I'll post back.

I just downgraded my P8Z68-V/GEN3 from 3xxx (with ME8) BIOS to 0xxx (with ME7) BIOS using CodeRush's FTK tool and it was very very easy to do smile.gif PM him and he will be willing to help you through.
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I just downgraded my P8Z68-V/GEN3 from 3xxx (with ME8) BIOS to 0xxx (with ME7) BIOS using CodeRush's FTK tool and it was very very easy to do smile.gif PM him and he will be willing to help you through.
Thanks kevindd992002. Also thanks alancsalt.
Man this is killing me. As I'm reading CodeRush's post and information I get another BSOD. I downloaded the FTK and downgraded to v8.1.10.1286 that I see listed on the thread. The fact that I got a BSOD after all the work of downgrading the drivers prior to this flash still points to probable faulty MB. We'll see now that I've downgraded the ME. Interesting, when I initially flashed to ME v8.1.20.1336, I get the following error
Error 8772: Invalid usage, -allowsv switch required to update the same version firmware
Error 8716: Invalid usage.
The interesting thing here is that I initially thought it may have been a corrupt file but I've downloaded it from three different sources including CodeRuush's thread and even with using his FTK it also gave me the same error as I listed above. But when I look in the BIOS, it says the ME version is v8.1.20.1336. So it installed with errors.
When I flashed it to v8.1.10.1286 it installed with no errors. Then what the heck is with my board and v8.1.20.1336.
This is news to me, am I to understand that the BIOS updates also contain a certain version of ME? Then why are the ME available a a separate file to flash. When I re-flashed over the last two months the BIOS to try and stop the BSOD, why then doesn't the ME version contained within overriding whatever version is there. Again, my last sentence may be a misunderstanding on my part. Trying to learn as I go along.
Edited by thisisnuts - 1/1/13 at 11:40pm
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Originally Posted by kevindd992002 View Post

I just downgraded my P8Z68-V/GEN3 from 3xxx (with ME8) BIOS to 0xxx (with ME7) BIOS using CodeRush's FTK tool and it was very very easy to do smile.gif PM him and he will be willing to help you through.
Can I ask what benefits did you experience so far? I'm making up my mind whether to do the same or not (running a 2600k oced and want to achieve lower volts or higher oc with same volt (v1.35))

Kind regards and thanks in advance smile.gif
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@thisisnuts, please reflash your current BIOS version with reflash command to ensure, that it isn't a BIOS or NVRAM corruption.
This BIOS thing is a bit hard to understand, but I'll try anyway. There are 3-5 regions in BIOS image file on modern boards with Intel chipsets:
1. Descriptor (BIOS map, regions access settings, PCI straps)
2. GbE (Integrated Intel LAN MAC and settings, can be absent)
3. ME (Management engine firmware)
4. BIOS (Actual BIOS code)
5. PDR (Absent on ASUS desktop boards)
ASUS BIOS flashing tools like EZ Flash or BUpdater can update only BIOS region from image file, bit there are all regions in that file itself.
That is why you can use BIOS image file as a source of ME or GbE firmware, but you need third-party tools to flash them.
There is 2 different mechanisms of updating ME region: from BIOS image file and from BIN-file with MEUpdate (aka FwUpdLcl).
First method is available only on boards with unlocked ME region, but it has no limitations.
Second method is official Intel method and it works regardless of ME lock, but it has limitations like inability to downgrade ME version to blacklisted ones and it can't repair corrupted ME firmware at all.
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Can I ask what benefits did you experience so far? I'm making up my mind whether to do the same or not (running a 2600k oced and want to achieve lower volts or higher oc with same volt (v1.35))
Kind regards and thanks in advance smile.gif

Haven't really tested yet but according to Coderush, it will give more stability if using Win7. For Win8, 3xxx with ME8 is better.
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