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Yeah never RAID different models always use the same models.

As for more drives for the array, I once did a test and found out anything over 3 it didnt do much, So 3 is about maximum for the intel controller, This was on a P55 board so things could have changed.

If I was to do RAID again I would only do 2 drives in RAID 0

I would stick with RAID 0 if I was you smile.gif
i second this. on my z97 mobo things got funky with anything over three and three was kinda pointless so yeah 2 in raid 0 is all you need.
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Hey guys!
Could someone here please be so kind to help me out with a modded BIOS?
I've been getting some very useful help and tips from the very helpful member Fernando, but I still can not make this happen. frown.gif

It's for an Intel Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0 using Award BIOS.
Using Windows 7 Ultimate Ed x64.

I'm using the latest available BIOS version (F9D) for my motherboard. But its ICH Intel RAID ROM version is still based on the ancient Intel Matrix Storage Manager v8.9.1.1002, which unfortunately does NOT pass the TRIM command to Intel SATA2 ports with a RAID-0 array.

There is a "Universal" newer modded IRST RAID ROM v11.2.0.1527 for ICH10 based motherboards which is modded so that it does pass TRIM to a RAID-0 array. This OROM module is supposed to replace the PCI ROM(B) (ICHARAID.BIN) module in the BIOS image.

Unfortunately, the task involved in incorporating this .bin module into my BIOS, doesn't seem to be as easy and straight forward as just releasing/deleting the existing PCI ROM(B) (ICHARAID.BIN) module and replacing it with its newer modded counterpart. Doing that simply gives me a "Not Valid BIOS Image" error when trying to flash it using Q-Flash.

I've tried to use CBROM32_198 and CBROM_155 without success.... Apparently it involves both "filing out" the space caused by deleting the old PCI ROM(B) (ICHARAID.BIN) module with some "dummy" file directly into the BIOS image (due to some "sensitive" modules surrounding it), and also adjusting the new modded file to fit in with my F9D BIOS using HexEditor or a similar tool, and I don't seem to be getting this right no matter how hard I try......

I really really need this mod to give me TRIM function for my RAID-0 array. If anybody here could please help me out with this BIOS mod I'd be truly appreciative smile.gif Below I'll be giving links to all the needed files:

Latest F9D BIOS for GA-X58A-UD7 mobo (the .exe file is actually just a self-extracting file, just double click on it please)
Universally TRIM modified Intel RST RAID ROM v11.2.0.1527 with TRIM in RAID-0 support (All modded IRST RAID ROM files are found at Fernanodo's site here)
Som Tips/Guide for Enhanced BIOS Modding of Award BIOSes

Also, there is actually a F9D BIOS with modded IRST RAID ROM v11.6.0.1702 which has been made earlier which is supposed to pass TRIM to a RAID-0 array...but this is done according to an earlier method which totally screws up my Marvell controller instead, making it useless, giving BSODs, unless I fully disable my Marvell 9128 controller in BIOS, but then I can not even utilize my 2 x Marvell SATA ports for connecting a couple of data backup regular HDDs to them.... So I can not use the above mod unfortunately since I need to use ALL my SATA connections, but I link to it here below in case someone needs to take a look at it.

But, this older BIOS mod actually DOES flash just fine and does upgrade my Intel RAID ROM version in my BIOS, but as mentioned above it messes up my Marvell controller instead. This issue has been reproduced and confirmed, therefore the "Universally TRIM modified Intel RST RAID ROM v11.2.0.1527 with TRIM in RAID-0 support" linked above was made instead with a newer method to remedy that...but that one is only a separate ICHARAID.BIN file which I don't know how to incorporate into my F9D BIOS in a proper manner using HexEditor or any other tool frown.gif Therefore I need your help!

TRIM modded F9D BIOS version with added RAID ROM v11.6.0.1702 with TRIM in RAID-0 support

Thank you in advance smile.gif
Edited by Bittornado - 2/27/15 at 5:42pm
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^ did you try the USB way?
 
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^ did you try the USB way?
Oh a very good question!
Sorry missed to add that in my original post... actually, yes. I tried it first at the same time as my fresh-installing Win7 Ultimate x64, tried to load it before Windows was going to be installed, but it was not recognized. I have also tried to adding it to the BIOS using CBROM, and then updating the BIOS with both Q-Flash and by using USB....it still gives me "invalid BIOS" error message.

It seems as if this modded .bin module needs to be added to the rest of the BIOS image file in a certain way, perhaps also altering something else as well in the BIOS file itself since the .bin module becomes compressed when being inserted there...in order for it to become compatible. I don't know how to make those changes though.
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Yeah its very hard to mod those BIOS's, I dont even like to do it since its so sensitive it can brick the board if done wrong, But when I used to do it I would copy all the modules under the ICHRAID.bin then I would remove all of them under it and the ICHRAID.bin, Then I would re-insert the new ICHRAID.bin then add the rest in the correct order under the ICHRAID.bin, so right down the order of each module then remove the old ICHRAID.bin and everything under it then simply re-add it all. Im pretty sure i used CBROM version 198.

If I was you though I wouldnt mess with it I would keep the BIOS original.
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Yeah its very hard to mod those BIOS's, I dont even like to do it since its so sensitive it can brick the board if done wrong, But when I used to do it I would copy all the modules under the ICHRAID.bin then I would remove all of them under it and the ICHRAID.bin, Then I would re-insert the new ICHRAID.bin then add the rest in the correct order under the ICHRAID.bin, so right down the order of each module then remove the old ICHRAID.bin and everything under it then simply re-add it all. Im pretty sure i used CBROM version 198.

If I was you though I wouldnt mess with it I would keep the BIOS original.

Thank you for your reply smile.gif

Yeah just as you mentioned, I was told by Fernando too that there are some sensitive INIT modules that the BIOS doesn't like to lose the order of. I was just gonna do exactly what you are suggesting here....and it seemed as if it was working...until I came to the point where one of the last modules were to be copied so that I could re-insert it later. This module is called Group Rom [17] which contains the M9123FW.bin file. Trying to re-insert this module after previously having been extracted out from bios with CBROM, somehow, instead of getting the Group Rom [17] back to the list, it alters another module called Group Rom[ 0] which contains something called "_En_Code.bin!!!

No matter how hard I try I can not fix this problem, because it alters the Group Rom[ 0] module which is situated pretty much high up in that order, and thus falls down to the end of the list, messing up the order of everything else I have been re-inserting! I think I would have been able to get back the original order of the modules correctly, if it had not been for this glitch...I can not resolve this step frown.gif Group Rom[17] is one file from the last one in that order and has to be inserted almost after everything else, and since it messes up Group Rom[ 0] which is above all the already re-inserted modules, the order gets messed up once again....

I have though seen other modded BIOS images with the ICHRAID.BIN just inserted as the last module and they work just fine...as it appears, the order of PCI ROM modules is not so critical...but something else happens somehow when I re-insert the module. Someone mentioned that the "gap" created after removing the old ICHRAID.BIN has to be "filled up" with a ghost file/dummy file just the same size, and THEN the new ICHRAID.BIN can be re-inserted last...but I can not make a ghost file at the same place as the old ICHRAID.BIN either, as any attempts to insert new modules, puts them at the last place in that list frown.gif
And I don't know how to alter them directly via copying/pasting in Hex Editor...so I'm really really stuck frown.gif

I know it can be done as others have done it before...only if I knew how smile.gif
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You sound like your doing everything correctly but yeah if its altering others ones when placing stuff back thats not a good sign.

Gimme a bit ill mess with it see what I can do for you. I'll probably get the same results as you but lets see anyway.
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Here we go, Everything went fine on my end I just renamed the 11.2.x RAID bin to ICHARAID.bin then i simply replaced the older one.


It did put the replaced ICHARAID.bin at the bottom but im assuming CBROM knows what its doing.
Edited by garikfox - 3/1/15 at 10:14am
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