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chipset drivers are not drivers. they are inf files. Its just a list of devices and CSIDs that belong with the chipset, NOT drivers. The drivers are handled by the exe packages.

unless you forced a version you shouldn't have, the installer knows, and will ONLY install the correct version for your chipset.

in the case of P67 b3 with current bios' its 9.2.0.1016. (prior to b3 is 1015)

it should NEVER be anything else, as anything else is for a different chipset.

some people have tried to force a newer version, and the behvior that was indicated above is the result. If you like to live dangerously, you can do this in safe mode (safe mode bypasses win7s system file checker) by manually updating the device manager items from the extracted infs.

the exception to this if occasionally when bios updates with new intel microcode, intel may update the inf version. but its rare.

it sounds like the infs for p67 were not included in whatever was downloaded or it was a beta and incomplete. Intel does drop support for older chipsets from its packages as time goes on, however it seems a bit early for p67 to go bye-bye

heres a good post more technically oriented:

http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1037438869&postcount=3480
Edited by The Mac - 6/27/11 at 7:08pm
post #2132 of 3000
... thanks for the valuable info ! didnt know either the chipset only needs one definite INF file !
when i clicked through the first stages of that 9.2.3. 1016 install i saw our chipset wasnt in the supported list and thus canceled the process.

btw when checking which one my deluxe B2 has, it seems 9.2.0.1016 ... unforced, so i guess -"the exception to this if occasionally when bios updates with new intel microcode, intel may update the inf version. but its rare."- comes into working here ... still i think something wrong here, with that Xeon thing there:

    
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Okay, so I've read that the INF chipset installer will only install what it is compatible with...and that the current version for ASUS boards/BIOS is 9.2.0.1016.

BUT..... can anyone please explain why the ASUS download site for P8P67 Pro lists Version 9.2.0.1015 ?

ESPECIALLY since :

- Similar MSI boards (at their download site) list Version 9.2.0.1030 as current.

-Similar Gigabyte boards (at their download site) list Version 9.2.0.1021 as current.

-Similar ASRock boards (at their download site) lists Version 9.2.0.1015 as current.

- Similar ECS boards (at their download site) list Version v9.2.0.1021 as current.

See what I mean ? I am honestly somewhat doubtful that each mainboard maker takes the original Intel chipset driver, re-tools it especially for their own products, then names it the EXACT same thing that Intel calls it ???

I'm starting to think that they all ARE the same damn thing, being based on CHIPSET, not on individual mobo. Newer versions being released, motherboard vendors either keeping current (MSI) , or not so current (ASUS & ASRock).
Of course, so long as the chipset revision and/or latest BIOS support the new Intel driver.
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they probobly just listing the current installer at the time they posted it, it will still only install 1015 or 1016 depending on the revision of your board.

the Asrock. and asus pro link seems to be out of date unless they never released a b2 board to fix the sata issue, in which case 1015 for b1 would be accurate.

1016 IS the most current, and if u notice it says Xeon/2nd generation core 2. its fine.
Edited by The Mac - 6/28/11 at 10:35pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Narsil View Post
Okay, so I've read that the INF chipset installer will only install what it is compatible with...and that the current version for ASUS boards/BIOS is 9.2.0.1016.

BUT..... can anyone please explain why the ASUS download site for P8P67 Pro lists Version 9.2.0.1015 ?

ESPECIALLY since :

- Similar MSI boards (at their download site) list Version 9.2.0.1030 as current.

-Similar Gigabyte boards (at their download site) list Version 9.2.0.1021 as current.

-Similar ASRock boards (at their download site) lists Version 9.2.0.1015 as current.

- Similar ECS boards (at their download site) list Version v9.2.0.1021 as current.

See what I mean ? I am honestly somewhat doubtful that each mainboard maker takes the original Intel chipset driver, re-tools it especially for their own products, then names it the EXACT same thing that Intel calls it ???

I'm starting to think that they all ARE the same damn thing, being based on CHIPSET, not on individual mobo. Newer versions being released, motherboard vendors either keeping current (MSI) , or not so current (ASUS & ASRock).
Of course, so long as the chipset revision and/or latest BIOS support the new Intel driver.
Because that is what they have tested. Similar to how graphics card manufacturers usually post seemingly outdated drivers on their site.
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Yes, but the bios is strictly linked to intel IME and using a version not supported by the current mainboard bios can incur instability.
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***Warning for those with Sabertooth P67 MB's.***

Do not install chipset ver. 9.2.3.1016. Either incorrect drivers for our MB or not yet ready for prime time. Had many BSOD's, all with different error codes after installing this update. Could not start any stability tests (Prime95 v266) without a BSOD. Also messed up the MB temperature sensors, portraying false readings.

After re-installing the previous version, 9.2.0.1015, system was back to normal. Ran Prime95 for 4hrs without any issues and the temp sensors were working properly.

This is just a warning.

Cheers,
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Looks like the latest version for the P6 series is 9.2.0.1030 now.
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The most current chipset package available from the Intel website is 9.2.0.1030 (April 2011). The motherboard manufacturers that have earlier versions posted on their websites just haven't updated their download pages.

The Intel chipset utility only installs .inf files to your windows installation for the Intel chipset, nothing more. If you run the installer after a windows installation, the installer package looks at your device manager database, and installs .inf files to your HDD only for the devices that are listed for your hardware, and only for items associated with your particular Intel chip.

The .inf files are independent from the Motherboard manufacturer, as they are information files that tell windows what the Intel chipset is capable of. If there is more information (capabilities) of say the P67 chip, and the motherboard manufacturer has not implemented that capability into their motherboard (quite rare), windows ignores that information (doesn't load it) when the .inf file is loaded into windows. No harm, no foul.

This basically means if you install the latest version from Intel's website, you will gain all the capabilities that Intel has provided for the Chipset, and have been implemented by the motherboard manufacturer. Just because Intel issues a new utility package, doesn't mean that all of the .inf files in it have been updated. Also, staying current with this utility will often eliminate problem in windows that have been identified by Intel. Just like staying on top of the most recient drivers for your hardware.
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Again, the installer version IS NOT the version of the infs that end up getting installed, its only the newest installer package version.

1016 IS STILL THE NEWEST

1030 is the installer version, NOT the inf version.

you can install all the new packages that come out all you want, it will not change from 1016 unless intel changes the underlying infs.

the IME is a separate installer.

But it also works the same way. It will only install the correct inf for your chipset/CPU. Unless there is a microcode update from intel that fundementally changes the way the system functions, there will not be a new inf, therefore no new version.
Edited by The Mac - 6/29/11 at 6:43am
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to the best of my knowledge, 1016 is still the latest.

where are you seeing 1030?

Again, the installer version IS NOT the version of the infs that end up getting installed, its only the newest installer package version.

the IME is a separate installer.

But it also works the same way. It will only install the correct inf for your chipset/CPU. Unless there is a microcode update from intel that changes the way the system functions, there will not be a new inf, therefore no new version.
Intel's website: Chipset Utility 9.2.0.1030
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