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post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Speedster159 View Post

Is there a list of the last RST Driver's that would work on certain chipsets?
Here is a list of the latest Intel RST drivers, which natively do fully support certain Intel Chipsets:
1. Intel 5- and 6-Series Chipsets (like P55, P67, Z68 etc.): v12.9.4.1000 WHQL
2. Intel 7-Series Desktop Chipsets (like Z77 etc.,): v13.1.0.1058 WHQL
3. Intel 8-, 9- and 100-Series Chipsets (like Z87, Z97, Z170 etc.): v14.8.7.1051 WHQL

For further details you may look here: http://www.win-raid.com/t2f23-Intel-RST-RSTe-Drivers-newest-v-WHQL-v-WHQL.html.
Note: "Fully supported" just means, that they are installable without any problems, but you should keep in mind, that the latest drivers are not automaticly the best ones for certain Intel chipsets. That is why I have started this thread: http://www.win-raid.com/t25f23-Which-are-the-quot-best-quot-Intel-AHCI-RAID-drivers.html
Edited by Fernando 1 - 7/19/16 at 6:27am
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Speedster159 View Post

I'm trying to install the latest one from the Intel site. I haven't tried uninstalling it on the Alienware, and the desktop was fresh from a format.

I checked my Z77 rig last night and I'm running RST Driver 13.1.0.1058 (and have been for a while). It hasn't given me any problems and the performance is about where it should be. That's the one I'd recommend. Newest isn't always the best in this matter smile.gif
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post #13 of 14
Not to be showing off here, but I have IRST 14.8.0.1042 installed on my ASRock Z77 Extreme4 board:



I assume that the way I installed IRST 14.8.0.1042 is why I was able to succeed. More about that in a moment.

First, if we check the ReadMe on Intel's download page for IRST 14.8.0.1042, it includes the Intel 7 series chipsets in the support list for this version of IRST:

https://downloadmirror.intel.com/25165/eng/ReadMe.txt

Unless that document was not updated correctly, Z77 boards should be able to use IRST 14.8.0.1042. If that really is important is another question.

I installed IRST 14.8.0.1042 during a new Windows 10 installation, using the f6flpy-x64.zip type driver, using the Load Driver option in the Custom Installation option. (Why does Intel still use the "flpy", floppy disk name for this driver, that drives me crazy!)

The SATA Mode was set to RAID, and I did a "UEFI booting" Windows 10 installation (CSM set to Disabled in the UEFI/BIOS), on an Intel 750 AIC SSD.

I also had a new UEFI/BIOS version for this board installed, P2.90M, that includes NVMe support, in its Beta download section:

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/?cat=Beta

Why am I using an Intel 750 in this board? (Why not?) Originally as a test to confirm it was possible to use an NVMe SSD as the OS drive in this board, with the new UEFI version. I'm a mod in ASRock's new forum, so I get to do things like this. winksmiley.jpg

So why are others having problems installing IRST 14.8.0.1042 on Z77 boards? I'm not sure.

I can't get the IRST 14.8.0.1042 Windows UI to install on my Z170 board, with a Samsung 950 Pro as the OS drive, with one SATA III SSD in that PC. The IRST 14.8.0.1042 installer just hangs during the IRST UI installation process. The 14.8.0.1042 driver installs apparently, same thing happens with the IRST 15 versions from Station Drivers. That is another story...

I checked the IRST Option ROM version in the IRST UI System Report, which shows 11.6.0.1702. That should be the legacy (non-EFI) Option ROM, which was not updated in the UEFI/BIOS version I'm using. I don't know what version the EFI Option ROM is, should check that with UBU. I should be using the EFI Option ROM, which is necessary for a PCIe NVMe SSD, but that has never been a requirement for installing IRST in general.

I have the INF/Chipset files version 10.1.1.8 installed.

You could try installing the basic IRST 14.8.0.1042 driver in the f6flpy-x64.zip package, by doing a manual driver update in Device Manager.

There really should be nothing related to the Z77 chipset in IRST 14.x drivers. The big addition in IRST 14 is RAID support for NVMe SSDs, but I doubt that feature will work with the Z77 chipset. I believe NVMe RAID support only works with the Intel 100 series chipsets, like the Z170.

If you are doing a new Windows installation on your Z77 board, the trick might be installing the 14.8.0.1042 f6flpy-x64 driver during the installation. Would that work in AHCI mode? Don't know, never tried it.

Otherwise, I doubt you are missing anything by not having IRST 14.8.0.1042 installed on your Intel 7 series chipset board.
post #14 of 14
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I assume that the way I installed IRST 14.8.0.1042 is why I was able to succeed.
It is not the way you installed the driver, but the fact, that your Intel SATA Controller is running in RAID mode, which gave you the option to get this Intel RST driver v14.x.x.xxxx installed onto your Intel Z77 mainboard.
You wouldn't be able to get it installed the normal way, if you were running your system drive in AHCI mode.
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First, if we check the ReadMe on Intel's download page for IRST 14.8.0.1042, it includes the Intel 7 series chipsets in the support list for this version of IRST:
Either it is not the ReadMe.txt file for the Intel RST driver v14.8.0.1042 or Intel has written something wrong:
Intel 7-Series Chipsets are natively not supported by any Intel RST driver from v13.2.x.xxxx up.
The related drivers are installable onto Intel RAID systems from ICH8R up due to the external universal DeviceID of the related Intel SATA RAID Controller (DEV_2822), but that does not mean, that all these RAID systems are fully supported by them. By the way: All the different Intel SATA RAID Controllers from ICH8R Southbridge up to 100-Series Chipset Systems have an own specific internal DeviceID and the driver (iaStorA.sys) code decides, whether the related Intel SATA RAID Controller is fully supported or not.
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