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post #61 of 90
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Originally Posted by ski-bum View Post

I already had the computer up and running with the 2104.CAP bios. That's not the problem. When I tried to update to the latest 3009.CAP is when it all went bad.
I think the update tried to set the drives as GPT drives.

I understand that you are trying to use hardware (pseudo) RAID on the board for better performance (RAID0). If so, you better get used to the fact that hardware RAID should only be used if you have backup on non-RAIDed disks or if you don't mind loosing all your data. See wikipedia for more information.

It's best to use software RAID, which I'm not sure Microsoft supports (Linux does that for ages, so guess what cloud servers are running nowadays?). The new BIOS version may have changed something in the RAID implementation and whoops - so goes your data on the RAID disks that were created using the old BIOS hardware RAID.

Hope you can get it work. Still, that shouldn't happen even with hardware RAID. Try contact Asus tech support via their forum site. They better have a solution for that!
post #62 of 90
After Windows finally loads in my RAID array is still there and works fine. Just takes forever for Windows to load.
I contacted Asus and first they didn't realize that you couldn't roll back these .cap bios to earlier bios. Not even the last 2104.cap. They couldn't do it either.
There suggestion was to send me a new bios chip with the 2104 bios already flashed onto it.
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post #63 of 90
RE: Intel Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise Driver: 3.5.1.1009

- Does anyone know if I should install the CIM (RSTe_Drivers_GUI_CIM_CLI_3.5.1.1009_2012.10.08\CIM\SetupCIM.exe) included in the install .zip? Going through the readme, it looks like the CIM (Common Information Model?) is a "System Management Utility for Windows", not sure if it's installed when running through the GUI installer, or even what's included in this package. I couldn't find anything on the web that looked useful. Thanks!

Motherboard: Sabertooth x79
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Storage: SSD and HHD in AHCI mode
post #64 of 90
The ASMedia USB 3.0 Firmware: 12220E readme states that the update should be done in a pure DOS environment using a DOS floppy without any device drivers. I haven't used a floppy in ages and don't have a drive. Does anyone know of an alternative? Thanks!
post #65 of 90
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The ASMedia USB 3.0 Firmware: 12220E readme states that the update should be done in a pure DOS environment using a DOS floppy without any device drivers. I haven't used a floppy in ages and don't have a drive. Does anyone know of an alternative? Thanks!

use bootable pendrive
post #66 of 90
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bluephish View Post

RE: Intel Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise Driver: 3.5.1.1009
- Does anyone know if I should install the CIM (RSTe_Drivers_GUI_CIM_CLI_3.5.1.1009_2012.10.08\CIM\SetupCIM.exe) included in the install .zip? Going through the readme, it looks like the CIM (Common Information Model?) is a "System Management Utility for Windows", not sure if it's installed when running through the GUI installer, or even what's included in this package. I couldn't find anything on the web that looked useful. Thanks!
Motherboard: Sabertooth x79
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Storage: SSD and HHD in AHCI mode

Use the one under the GUI folder. CIM is for server environments, I think.
post #67 of 90
Thanks Simple Tech.

On a separate note, I downloaded the Intel Management Engine Firmware: 7.1.52.1176; ran through the intel management engine software installation, but haven't updated the firmware under \Tools\System Tools. Anyone have thoughts on whether I should perform this firmware update and how I should go about doing so? Thanks!
post #68 of 90
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Thanks Simple Tech.
On a separate note, I downloaded the Intel Management Engine Firmware: 7.1.52.1176; ran through the intel management engine software installation, but haven't updated the firmware under \Tools\System Tools. Anyone have thoughts on whether I should perform this firmware update and how I should go about doing so? Thanks!

I made a minor glitch and uploaded the wrong Intel ME firmware for X79. Try the OP for 7.1.52.1176 which is the latest.

To update the firmware, open up a command prompt with admin privileges and type:
Code:
FWUpdLcl -b backup.bin

This will create a backup of your existing ME firmware. Then type:
Code:
FWUpdLcl -f ME7UPD.BIN

It will take a minute or so to flash. After it is done, restart your computer. You can verify that it worked by going into the BIOS and looking under the Main tab.
post #69 of 90
X79 got the Smart Response technology!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq0jGr5XGrs

Great Work ASRock! thumb.gif
post #70 of 90
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Originally Posted by ski-bum View Post

After Windows finally loads in my RAID array is still there and works fine. Just takes forever for Windows to load.
I contacted Asus and first they didn't realize that you couldn't roll back these .cap bios to earlier bios. Not even the last 2104.cap. They couldn't do it either.
There suggestion was to send me a new bios chip with the 2104 bios already flashed onto it.

Hm, why would you want to the 2104 BIOS if that screws up your RAID, or makes Windows boot forever?

I suggest to use the 1203 BIOS, that is the one before they moved to .cap files that can't be reverted. Unless you need the newer versions for Windows 8 compatibility or what else.

By the way, I just saw there is a new BIOS available: 3009

Again a .cap file. The very meaningful release notes are: Improve system stability.

I tell you what I do - I cross off Asus as a vendor. They can't be serious!
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