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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-03-2018, 08:26 PM - Thread Starter
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Going crazy trying to get NVMe boot to work on X79 board.

Hey all. I'm currently using ASRock X79 Extreme 11. On Windows 10, the drive shows up fine, everything works. Tested the drive. It's fine. I did the Beta BIOS update to 3.30P. Works fine. I did all the guides I could find, even using Rufus to make sure the USB was properly setup (GPT, UEFI, ISO). But I can't find the NVMe drive on the boot menu. After hours and hours of trying this stuff, I don't know what else to do. I can't boot into Windows. I get an error stating something about winload.efi missing. One possibility is that my GPU is too old. It's a GTX 650 Ti. It doesn't seem to have UEFI GOP. Thus it doesn't allow CSM to be disabled and Ultra Fast Boot to be an option. I'm not 100% sure if this would fix being able to boot from an NVMe drive though. Any thoughts?

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I might be wrong, but I don't think there is any way to boot off of an m.2 drive on that old of a chipset.

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Did you already inject the NVME drivers into your bios? X79 does NOT natively support NVME. You'll see it, but it'll NEVER boot from it until windows loads the nvme drivers.

There is a method to inject the NVME drivers into your bios so that it CAN natively load nvme as boot drives. I've done it on my RIVE and works great.

Look around here, or google NVME Driver X79 chipset, or similar.

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Hah, i forgot i had it bookmarked.

https://www.win-raid.com/t871f50-Gui....html#msg14810


This is the method i used.

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Ah no, I haven't tried that method. I will try it next. I emailed ASRock about their 3.30P Beta drivers and they assured me that NVMe boot works with it. I figured that doing the other methods were more so if the board BIOS wasn't updated for NVMe. I also emailed EVGA and talked to them about the UEFI GOP issue. They said they'll give me the firmware to update my card, just waiting on their email back. Since the chips don't have an iGPU (even the older Sandy/Ivy ones support UEFI GOP) it makes it a pain to check out if it's indeed part of the problem.






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