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MoKiChU
04-20-2020, 06:27 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel Chipset Drivers :

Package : 10.1.18716.8265 WHQL [30/03/2021]
Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/UU8yETBK#RWV7q-D0MFfiqO4akZfFWTPYWpK96qEUaqVY2vaNIQM)


Install/Update Process :

Launch "CHIPSET_Intel_vxx.x.xxxxx.xxxx.exe"

Additional step specific to X299 (to be carried out only once, after the first install of the Chipset Drivers) :


- Download X299 add-on driver : Link (https://mega.nz/file/hEtjCaJC#qX72HUydGsh68NKsBMP2JEkLT1kA_1JBRgBgqGKNw Ss)
- Right click on "Skylake-ESystem.inf" > Install > Wait for the message "The operation completed successfully" or for restart request

- Intel MEI Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 2108.100.0.1053 WHQL [16/02/2021]


SoftwareComponent Drivers :

DAL SoftwareComponent Driver : 1.41.2021.121 WHQL [21/01/2021]
ICLS SoftwareComponent Driver : 1.62.321.1 WHQL [17/09/2020]
LMS SoftwareComponent Driver : 2109.0.52.0 WHQL [22/03/2021]


Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/UMUnwKKY#3UvIzhCuIZmhhgPP_geY3k3OF9VX24DcBlMlI7fJk zI)


Install/Update Process :

Launch "Install.cmd" by right-click Run as admin > Automatic restart when install is done

- Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers - 2xx*/3xx*/4xx/5xx : 18.32.0.1006 WHQL [18/02/2021]
Drivers - 1xx*/2xx/3xx : 17.9.5.1018 WHQL [10/11/2020]
Drivers - 1xx : 17.7.1.1010 WHQL [02/03/2021]
Download - 2xx*/3xx*/4xx/5xx : Link (https://mega.nz/file/4Us2lKAA#1XC1ieSApXQ7nhY84jGqMXomCJVtiGPHbuCtI3jKf Go)
Download - 1xx*/2xx/3xx : Link (https://mega.nz/file/0c9ilC6D#jnDDnX0WZPe2TpuHSjP9HiQXZnKiXxNTWMGwn_B4g fc)
Download - 1xx : Link (https://mega.nz/file/VN01WQBI#Ui02OT-BTb32O8SyAaR4ZCXOzfLTk87typdzIyiaHmU)


* Only some chipsets from the series are supported.


Install/Update Process :

AHCI : Right click on "iaAHCIC.inf" > Install > Wait for the message "The operation completed successfully" or for restart request

RAID/Optane : Right click on "iaStorAC.inf" > Install > Wait for the message "The operation completed successfully" or for restart request


OS requirements : Windows 10 64 bit 20xx/VB/1904x.x or more recent for some drivers.
Hardware requirements : Motherboards/Notebooks/Desktops with Intel 1xx/2xx/3xx/4xx/5xx series chipsets.




TIPS :

If you want to manage the drivers (remove old/unused drivers for example) that you have in your Windows DriverStore
Use Driver Store Explorer (https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/latest) (Right click on "Rapr.exe" > Run as administrator).

If you want better interrupts delivery latency
Enable MSI (Message Signaled-based Interrupts) mode on all your supported devices (see the column "supported modes") with
MSI Mode Utility (https://mega.nz/file/kd11WISZ#mBd-IKDz63-dkoVLxHpN4BerYxSi1npxr7cWTkMG-UY) (Right click on "MSI_util_v3.exe" > Run as administrator).

Falkentyne
04-21-2020, 12:48 AM
Hi everyone,

- Intel Chipset Drivers (Drivers Only Package) :

Package : 10.1.18263.8193 WHQL [02/01/2020]
Download : Link (https://mega.nz/#!FcsCXSiD!4BEWG21LrVuPw_UPyl9NMg9AKjNZ2V47aDkfeW4 Yx98)



- Intel Ethernet Drivers - I21x-V (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 12.18.9.20 WHQL [03/02/2020]
Download : Link (https://mega.nz/#!UFl3XITA!IpMpIDS39LT1BP_Ffu_OpwcSeWICvoNSqcYKD7R oYks)



- Intel MEI Drivers with SoftwareComponent Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 1952.14.0.1470 WHQL [25/12/2019]




Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/9BUzgSLK#_Dcj2aq7yDrdzmbX9ZRNBtBq0k01hTsv7innByGuL Mw)



- Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers - 3xx/4xx : 17.8.1.1066 WHQL [20/12/2019]
Drivers - 1xx/2xx : 17.7.0.1006 WHQL [07/08/2019]
Download - 3xx/4xx : Link (https://mega.nz/#!ldUW2S6A!-jYDmFO9t5iwIEW-us35P0re-F4sAiT0V_r_QIcBbAo)
Download - 1xx/2xx : Link (https://mega.nz/#!JIVwHQ7b!rtuNJWOsDGh0s9IRFVofq9wHj4bIAI3l8Pix2H7 uyWI)




OS requirements : Windows 10 64 bit 1903/19H1/18362.x or more recent for some drivers.
Hardware requirements : Motherboards with Intel 1xx/2xx/3xx/4xx series chipsets with Intel I21x-V ethernet controller.





Nice to see you again, Mokichu. How are you holding up through this quarantine and pandemic?

howxcore
04-23-2020, 01:38 AM
Thanks for coming back MoKiChu, You manage a very tight ship in these forums for all of us to keep our drivers updated, highly appreciated.

Ch3vr0n
04-23-2020, 06:11 PM
Welcome back! Don't let anyone get under your skin or tell you what you should or shouldn't do! Keep it up :)

BillBittel
04-25-2020, 06:20 PM
I am so glad to see you back MoKichU !! I just downloaded 5 updates. Thank You!

I-Siamak-I
04-26-2020, 08:10 PM
@MoKiChU ,

Question for you, in regards to ME Drivers, is it necessary to install the components as well? ( DAL SoftwareComponent, ICLS SoftwareComponent, LMS SoftwareComponent )
What are these good for?

Fautor
04-30-2020, 08:18 AM
Hi everyone,

- Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers - 3xx/4xx : 17.8.8.1072 WHQL [18/03/2020]
Download - 3xx/4xx : Link (https://mega.nz/file/0RtShawY#RYLa3FdSwf6F8Gr5XBMXGJfsep4mFWaUy5WC12gLF pc)


Thread updated.

Thank you very much! Have one question: i have Maximus IX Hero motherboard (z270), but found hardware id of my AHCI controller in iaAHCIC.inf from this latest drivers for 3xx/4xx, they're installing well. Should i keep 3xx/4xx version or use 1xx/2xx?

I-Siamak-I
05-01-2020, 09:09 AM
Hi,

If you don't install the Intel MEI SWC drivers (DAL, ICLS & LMS), Windows Update will do it for you with older versions than the ones I provided. The install order of these SWC drivers is initied by Intel MEI drivers itself.

Thank you for the response, so basically I will:

1. Install ME Driver
2. Install DAL
3. Install ICLS
4. Install LMS

and Done?

Sineira1
05-03-2020, 04:16 PM
How do I verify the Chipset drivers were installed?

Sineira1
05-03-2020, 10:59 PM
Hi,

You can see the version of the package in your installed apps (Windows Settings > Apps).

If you want see the drivers versions, the easiest and fastest way is to use Driver Store Explorer (https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/latest) (because the devices are different according to the motherboards) by looking in System devices at the Intel .inf ending with system and which have the field of the last column Device Name filled.

Note (from Intel) : Intel(R) Chipset Device Software uses an unusual date for the devices it is targeting. The date 07/18/1968 is symbolic - Intel was founded that day. The reason this date is used is to lower the rank of Intel(R) Chipset Device Software. This is necessary because it's a supporting utility that should not overwrite any other drivers.


Ok, these are the only ones I see with a date like that. Not the same version number. Wrong or correct?

pinkfloyd1173
05-09-2020, 04:53 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel Chipset Drivers (Drivers Only Package) :

Package : 10.1.18295.8201 WHQL [03/02/2020]
Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/EM9GwYYR#CG52bKi3w62cEMl2zN1FwiN5Q8NYd7g7_cOCaiXeI 9E)


Thread updated.

Hey Mr. M

For some resason I can not update this driver? I am following your intructions and still will not update?

Is there another way to install chipset driver?

UPDATE:

This driver is installed, checked in apps and I see the correct driver number. I also checked in the "driver store explorer" but it is not showing the updated driver, still showing the old one? It is also showing the old one when I check in device manager too?

Any advice will help, thanks in advance.

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pinkfloyd1173
05-09-2020, 05:20 PM
Hi,

If you are looking for the version number of the package you are using, you can simply see it via Control Panel > Programs and Features or via Settings > Applications : Intel(R) Chipset Device Software.

If you are looking for the version number of the drivers you are using, use Driver Store Explorer and by looking in System devices category in the INF column for the .inf files ending with system from Intel. You can see via the Device Name column which devices in the Device Manager use which drivers.


I see thank you for this information MR. M, you are the best!!

Jesseinsf
05-11-2020, 10:45 AM
the ones that have the date as 1968 seem to never change.

Guitarmageddon888
05-14-2020, 07:30 PM
Hello, this component is something new not included in prior packages I think? What is it for?

DAL-WC SoftwareComponent Driver : 9999.99.0.0 WHQL [20/03/2017]

claudej
05-15-2020, 04:42 PM
Thank you

pinkfloyd1173
05-15-2020, 08:04 PM
Mr. M,

I have a few questions for you about these Drivers "Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers"

What are they?
Do I need them?
Do I need to install the "Rapid Storage Technology", to use the drivers or can I just install the drivers only?

Thank you in advance Mr. M

pinkfloyd1173
05-15-2020, 09:43 PM
Hi,

These are the Intel SATA drivers (for your hard drives, whatever they are, NVMe or not).



Yes. Here are the drivers used according to the most common scenarios (excluding RAID/Optane) :

HDD/SSD SATA : Intel SATA AHCI Driver
SSD NVMe SAMSUNG : Intel SATA AHCI Driver + Samsung NVMe Driver
SSD NVMe Corsair or others : Intel SATA AHCI Driver + Microsoft built-in NVMe Driver



No, you just need to install the drivers only (AHCI only if you don't have RAID/Optane stuff).


Thank you sir.

piratino
05-18-2020, 12:08 PM
Wow!! Super nice to see you again here. Following you since the beginning of my ASUS ROG journey. Thumps up for you guy!! :cool:

SiDeSaLaD
06-07-2020, 11:09 AM
You Must Have ROG Vision, Eyes Everywhere!

Thanks Once More For Your Work

SaLaD

Goofee79
06-09-2020, 01:54 PM
Updated my z490-g with these, all good. Thanks

pinkfloyd1173
06-11-2020, 07:33 PM
Thank you,

Mr. M

piratino
06-11-2020, 09:47 PM
Thank you!

EaglePC
06-14-2020, 12:04 AM
thanks for the drivers any post from you with bluetooth / WIFI drivers for realtek x299

EaglePC
06-14-2020, 12:15 AM
Hi everyone,

- Intel Chipset Drivers (Drivers Only Package) :

Package : 10.1.18383.8213 WHQL [01/05/2020]
Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/hUF0naoJ#tOKbwiKn4pAk_TjMq4a-wBniroaO8J-wlJqf0qhiEMc)


Thread updated.


no files ?
skylake-e.cat
Skylake-ESystem.inf

howxcore
06-15-2020, 08:16 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel MEI Drivers with SoftwareComponent Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 2021.14.0.1615 WHQL [19/05/2020]




Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/ZRshSDjJ#nidQOseb4SQXjPZwANv7IrHWugsfFChKh0nVo9gt7 AA)


Thread updated.

Hey , If I dont get a installation complete or restart request, does it mean i have the latest version?

SiDeSaLaD
06-16-2020, 02:11 PM
Tthank you once again MoKiChU

SaLaD

Cezarycezary777
06-16-2020, 02:25 PM
Hi
Is good for R6E Omega and ROG Z-270F?

Cezarycezary777
06-16-2020, 02:35 PM
At the moment I have installed 17.8.8.1072. Do I need to re-install 17.7.x.xxx branch?

Cezarycezary777
06-16-2020, 02:40 PM
Thanks for your help. :):):)

piratino
06-16-2020, 09:46 PM
In a few post back (now I can't find it) you spoke about wifi and integrated vga drivers that were like to be founded here (https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/59485/Wireless-Networking) and here (https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/80939/Graphics-Drivers) respectively.

For integrated vga OK, but regarding wifi, in my ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-G GAMING (WI-FI AC) I have a Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC.

The last driver available from the ASUS download page for my motherboard is more updated than the one available from the official Realtek website (https://www.realtek.com/en/component/zoo/category/rtl8822be-software). Do you know where to find latest drivers also for non Intel wifi nics, like in my case Realtek? I assume most here has this brand.

Thanks you.

vmanuelgm
06-17-2020, 06:17 PM
Thanks Mokichu!!!

criskoe
06-17-2020, 06:25 PM
Hello. @MoKiChU
Sorry this might be a stupid question but for some reason when I try to Install the MEI drivers as instructed I cant get the "heci.inf" to install.
I just get a "The system cannot find the file specified". The Other ones install no problem.

Do i have to have the base MEI Drivers installed first that came with the board?

XII Extreme Z490

criskoe
06-17-2020, 08:19 PM
Hi,

No you don't need. Try to re-download and/or move the drivers folder elsewhere.

Moving the folder off the desktop into the the main C drive did the trick. TY!

piratino
06-17-2020, 08:43 PM
Always install drivers form one folder directly in main drive (X:\folder\files)

restsugavan
06-18-2020, 12:27 AM
Thank you @MoKiChu for your kindness. Intel Chipset for x299 working very well installing however it didn't contain anything new
especially X299PCH and it component drivers.

85313

DmitriyS
06-20-2020, 08:06 PM
Hello MOKICHU

for asus rog maximus xi extreme which driver is the last?


Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers

DmitriyS
06-20-2020, 08:49 PM
Hi,

You need this one :

Thank!

DmitriyS
06-20-2020, 09:07 PM
You're welcome ;)

You just sent me a PM but here what I received :



Anyway, aske me here, this will avoid this bug.

Yes!

sorry may bug)

https://www.station-drivers.com/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=352&func=fileinfo&id=4488&lang=en

I think there is a complete driver package and + interface? how do you think?))

https://ibb.co/F3btq0Y

DmitriyS
06-20-2020, 09:33 PM
or asus rog maximus xi extreme which driver is the last?


Intel Management Engine Interface (MEI)

DmitriyS
06-20-2020, 09:55 PM
If you want Intel® Optane Memory and Storage Management app in addition to the drivers I offer here, you will find it from MS Store : Link (https://www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9mzng5hzwz1t) but of course you can use the Drivers & Software package (not Drivers Only).



There is only one on the thread, go to the first page of the thread and follow the processes.

Thank!

DmitriyS
06-21-2020, 08:16 AM
this driver?


Intel MEI Drivers with SoftwareComponent Drivers (Drivers Only) :
Drivers : 2021.14.0.1615 WHQL [19/05/2020]

SoftwareComponent Drivers :

DAL SoftwareComponent Driver : 1.37.2020.426 WHQL [26/04/2020]
ICLS SoftwareComponent Driver : 1.61.251.0 WHQL [09/04/2020]
LMS SoftwareComponent Driver : 2019.14.0.1587 WHQL [04/05/2020]

criskoe
06-21-2020, 08:25 AM
The ones on the front page/first post are the most recent. OP is always updating the first post. So yes that is the most recent.

Nugisrott
06-21-2020, 03:25 PM
For some reason I cant install these drivers (for Z390F), it says ,,unknown error".

Nugisrott
06-21-2020, 04:50 PM
Hi,

Which drivers are you talking about ?

Which version of Windows 10 do you use ?

The lates you have posted here and im using OS build 19041.329 (2004).

Nugisrott
06-21-2020, 07:49 PM
Please be more specific, otherwise I could not help you : Which drivers are you talking about ? Chipset ? MEI ? SATA ?

Also please post a screenshot of your "Unknown error".

I am talking about the chipset drivers. - Intel Chipset Drivers (Drivers Only Package) :
Package : 10.1.18383.8213 WHQL [01/05/2020]

It just says Unknown error when I click to install, no need for screenshot.

Nugisrott
06-23-2020, 04:26 PM
- Uninstall your current Intel Chipset Drivers package (via Start > Settings > Apps) then restart your PC
- Launch Driver Store Explorer (https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/latest) > Check the boxes of all versions of INTEL drivers which .inf end with ...system.inf (if you find them)
- Check the box "Force Deletion" then click on the "Delete Package" button then restart your PC
- Install the latest Intel Chipset Drivers package

When I click next to uninstall drivers, it says ,, The feature you are trying to use is on a network resource that is unavailable."
It gives me the option to try again or enter alternate path to it.

Also, the Driver Explorer is full of .inf drivers but I cant see system.inf anywhere.

Nugisrott
06-23-2020, 05:22 PM
This explains why you had your "Unknown error" when you tried to update with the latest Intel Chipset Drivers package : Your existing install of Intel Chipset Drivers was corrupted (software issue, not drivers issue).



There should be a pre-filled path, could you copy it pasted here ? This will allow us to identify the version that caused your issue.

C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\{44C34709-F068-4CBC-8A71-515EDBC3B2A6}v10.1.18383.8213\
It shows I have the latest version installed already, but wont allow it to be uninstalled (Win update installed these automatically).
Anyway, there is no chipset drivers under Device Manager...

Nugisrott
06-24-2020, 08:31 AM
Yes, but not properly installed (only software badly installed and no chipset drivers installed), hence the error during the uninstall.

We will try to repair your Intel Chispet Drivers install in order to properly uninstall and reinstall your Intel Chispet Drivers (like explained here (https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?117609-DRIVERS-Intel-Chipset-MEI-SATA-(1xx-2xx-3xx-4xx)/page7#post808113)) :


- Download/Extract this (this is the folder you are missing) : Link (https://bayfiles.com/f1w3W2B4oe/_44C34709-F068-4CBC-8A71-515EDBC3B2A6_v10.1.18383.8213_7z)
- Open a Explorer window then past this in the address bar : C:\ProgramData\Package Cache
- Copy/Past in the extracted folder ({44C34709-F068-4CBC-8A71-515EDBC3B2A6}v10.1.18383.8213 folder with SetupChipsetx64.msi & media1.cab in)
- Uninstall your current Intel Chipset Drivers package (via Start > Settings > Apps) then restart your PC
- Install the latest Intel Chipset Drivers package



You can see the version of the package in your installed apps (Windows Settings > Apps).

If you want see the drivers versions, the easiest and fastest way is to use Driver Store Explorer (https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/latest) (because the devices are different according to the motherboards) by looking in System devices at the Intel .inf ending with system and which have the field of the last column Device Name filled.

Note (from Intel) : Intel(R) Chipset Device Software uses an unusual date for the devices it is targeting. The date 07/18/1968 is symbolic - Intel was founded that day. The reason this date is used is to lower the rank of Intel(R) Chipset Device Software. This is necessary because it's a supporting utility that should not overwrite any other drivers.

I copy-pasted the folder with included files, it says: SetupChipsetx64.msi is not valid installation package for the product Intel Chipset Device Software.

Nugisrott
06-24-2020, 09:30 AM
Sorry, I'm out of idea, the installation of your Intel Chipset Drivers probably had to be done at the same time as the installation via Windows Update which probably generated a conflict.
I guess that caused it indeed, anyway, thanks a lot!

Unless this thing could cause some problems or conflicts during everyday usage of my pc, Il keep it as it is for now.

I guess Windows Recovery would do the trick?

Nugisrott
06-24-2020, 03:46 PM
No you fear nothing at all, the Intel Chipset Drivers are called drivers but they are not really drivers, they have nothing functional/active, they just serve to recognize the product names in Device Manager, to identify all the pieces of the chipset.



Nevertheless I understand your frustration and your desire to clean it up, so indeed a Windows Recovery could fix your issue, but the most effective would be a clean install.

I fully cleaned up leftovers from registry and managed to install chipset drivers.

sehlat
06-29-2020, 10:47 PM
I'm kind of at a loss. I'm using Driver Store Explorer, but none of the INTEL entries have the word "chipset" in any of them, so I'm not sure which chipset driver version is currently on my system. Either way, which is the most updated chipset driver for my Asus Rampage VI Extreme Omega motherboard from your list?

EaglePC
07-12-2020, 05:11 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel Chipset Drivers (Drivers Only Package) :

Package - X299 : 10.1.18435.8224 WHQL [22/06/2020]
Download - X299 : Link (https://mega.nz/file/Ud8VnIQJ#jGt08C9JHMHj84mSatZNNxGyYQLJmt00CpLCk-urSok)


Thread updated.


very confused kabylakepch-h missing files strix x299 gaming

CoreBone
07-23-2020, 01:39 PM
Hi MoKiChU,

I appreciate your work you have done here!

I have this little problem with my clean 2004 install. Did all these drivers upgrade month ago. And now with previous version of LMS and now with this new version of LMS.

Something has gone wrong with LMS Service. Didn't find any clue in inf-file or Windows registry or trying fix that path where service executable is.

85721


Also tried this as Administrator:

sc config LMS binpath="c:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\lms .inf_amd64_9c1ec18c04feca8d\LMS.exe"

Always can't find the executable when trying to start the service.

MoKiChU
07-23-2020, 06:13 PM
Hi MoKiChU,

I appreciate your work you have done here!

I have this little problem with my clean 2004 install. Did all these drivers upgrade month ago. And now with previous version of LMS and now with this new version of LMS.

Something has gone wrong with LMS Service. Didn't find any clue in inf-file or Windows registry or trying fix that path where service executable is.

Hi,

If you don't install the Intel MEI SWC drivers (DAL, ICLS & LMS) fast enough, Windows Update will do it for you with older versions than the ones I provided because the install order of these SWC drivers is initied by Intel MEI drivers itself. Maybe there was a conflict when Windows Update tried to update them probably at the same time as you.

In order to avoid this scenario, and in order to simplify and speed up the update process, I scripted the install of the 4 drivers (MEI + 3 SWC) then automatic restart when install is done so as not to give Windows Update time to download/install them and generate a conflict. So :

- If you had Intel Management Engine Components in your apps installed : Uninstall it (Start > Settings > Apps) then restart your PC
- Launch Driver Store Explorer (https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/latest) > Check the boxes of all versions of these drivers .inf (if you find them) : heci.inf | dal.inf | dal_wc.inf | iclsclient.inf | lms.inf
- Check the box "Force Deletion" then click on the "Delete Driver" button then restart your PC
- Redownload the Intel MEI drivers package from the first post of this thread
- Follow the new Install/Update Process

CoreBone
07-23-2020, 07:06 PM
Thank you,

It was only leftover from primary drivers site Intel Management Engine Interface driver package.

Camp_Tiger
07-24-2020, 03:18 PM
Hi,

If you don't install the Intel MEI SWC drivers (DAL, ICLS & LMS) fast enough, Windows Update will do it for you with older versions than the ones I provided because the install order of these SWC drivers is initied by Intel MEI drivers itself. Maybe there was a conflict when Windows Update tried to update them probably at the same time as you.

In order to avoid this scenario, and in order to simplify and speed up the update process, I scripted the install of the 4 drivers (MEI + 3 SWC) then automatic restart when install is done so as not to give Windows Update time to download/install them and generate a conflict. So :

- If you had Intel Management Engine Components in your apps installed : Uninstall it (Start > Settings > Apps) then restart your PC
- Launch Driver Store Explorer (https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/latest) > Check the boxes of all versions of these drivers .inf (if you find them) : heci.inf | dal.inf | dal_wc.inf | iclsclient.inf | lms.inf
- Check the box "Force Deletion" then click on the "Delete Driver" button then restart your PC
- Redownload the Intel MEI drivers package from the first post of this thread
- Follow the new Install/Update Process


Thank you very much for this it helped me out a lot!! :D

DmitriyS
08-30-2020, 06:46 PM
Thank you MoKiChU

bass junkie xl
08-31-2020, 01:14 AM
i have the asus z-390 xi code

i have always installed the intel chip set driver then the intel managment engine driver from chip set section of my mobos asus web site drivers page ( asus z-390 xi code )

and i installed these updates as they roll out on this forum on this page do i not need to uninstall both of them before installing both of chipset / mei from this page ? or do i install over top

piratino
09-01-2020, 01:26 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel MEI Drivers with SoftwareComponent Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 2023.15.0.1249 WHQL [02/06/2020]




Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/wA1khQ4a#NWVRS_xA_9AR6PlFk3d9X-oIXyrOUBmzQIg-fgtaaXs)


Thread updated.

Hi there!

As I've read that you have adopted here the Install.cmd solution, should I go for the update directly as described (right-click+run-as-administrator), or should I do a complete clean before installing this new package version?

Thanks in advance!

MoKiChU
09-04-2020, 11:36 AM
i have the asus z-390 xi code

i have always installed the intel chip set driver then the intel managment engine driver from chip set section of my mobos asus web site drivers page ( asus z-390 xi code )

and i installed these updates as they roll out on this forum on this page do i not need to uninstall both of them before installing both of chipset / mei from this page ? or do i install over top
Hi there!

As I've read that you have adopted here the Install.cmd solution, should I go for the update directly as described (right-click+run-as-administrator), or should I do a complete clean before installing this new package version?

Thanks in advance!

Hi,

- If you had Intel Management Engine Components in your apps installed :


- Uninstall it (Start > Settings > Apps) then restart your PC
- Launch Driver Store Explorer (https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/latest) > Check the boxes of all versions of these drivers .inf (if you find them) : heci.inf | dal.inf | dal_wc.inf | iclsclient.inf | lms.inf
- Check the box "Force Deletion" then click on the "Delete Driver" button then restart your PC
- Redownload the Intel MEI drivers package from the first post of this thread
- Follow the Install/Update Process

- if you are already using the Intel MEI drivers package from this thread : You can update directly by following the Install/Update Process.

dfaovred
09-05-2020, 03:19 AM
Hi everyone,

- Intel Chipset Drivers (Drivers Only Package) :

Package - 1xx/2xx/3xx/4xx : 10.1.18460.8229 WHQL [17/07/2020]
Download - 1xx/2xx/3xx/4xx : Link (https://mega.nz/file/cY8iFQCB#20MMtkKKIgMNCM7UBZt8AfbcCndpNeoDLtE0gyJWJ 8U)


Thread updated.

Hi MoKiChU,

Hope you're doing well! Thanks for the update :D

DmitriyS
09-17-2020, 07:54 AM
Thank you

richie3p
09-21-2020, 09:13 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel MEI Drivers with SoftwareComponent Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 2031.15.0.1743 WHQL [28/07/2020]




Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/xZ8VDYaK#eR70jKWem4weqd-DnQZvEDMLUqZwpYEsY6LLMt5fEXE)


Thread updated.

Hi, Just wondering because i'm new here. Are the drivers in this post considered beta drivers or something? Because I own a Strix z490-E and on the support page for my motherboard the driver versions for ME and chipset are much older than the ones in this post (the ME is even labeled "beta" on the support page since May). Would you recommend to use these ones instead because they are more recent?

XYchromosone
09-21-2020, 10:51 PM
Hi all, is there a problem if installing Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers : 4xx : 18.30.0.1135 on a 3xx chipset motherboard? instead of 17.9.4.1017?

Drivers - 4xx : 18.30.0.1135 WHQL [17/07/2020]
Drivers - 3xx : 17.9.4.1017 WHQL [24/07/2020]

I ask because I have installed v18.30.0.1135 on my maximus XI Extreme Z390 motherboard and it's all running OK. I haven't run any SSD benchmarks with both versions so I don't know if there is any disadvantage of using v18 instead of v17.

I guess I could ask win-raid forum for there might be someone there who knows, in case there's nobody here who can shed some light on this subject. TIA for any input, folks.

howxcore
09-22-2020, 03:08 AM
Hi all, is there a problem if installing Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers : 4xx : 18.30.0.1135 on a 3xx chipset motherboard? instead of 17.9.4.1017?

Drivers - 4xx : 18.30.0.1135 WHQL [17/07/2020]
Drivers - 3xx : 17.9.4.1017 WHQL [24/07/2020]

I ask because I have installed v18.30.0.1135 on my maximus XI Extreme Z390 motherboard and it's all running OK. I haven't run any SSD benchmarks with both versions so I don't know if there is any disadvantage of using v18 instead of v17.

I guess I could ask win-raid forum for there might be someone there who knows, in case there's nobody here who can shed some light on this subject. TIA for any input, folks.

You need to install the 17.9.4 drivers because they are for the z390 chipset, 18.30 drivers are for the z490 chipset.

Jesseinsf
09-22-2020, 09:32 AM
Hi,

- Motherboards with Intel 2xx series chipsets are not compatible with 17.8.x drivers branch and more recent except for motherboards with some Intel 2xx series chipsets whose support is currently maintained. This is why the all Intel 2xx series chipsets is not marked as compatible with 17.8.x drivers and more recent.
- Motherboards with Intel 3xx series chipsets are not compatible with 18.30.x drivers branch and more recent except for motherboards with some Intel 3xx series chipsets whose support is currently maintained. This is why the all Intel 3xx series chipsets is not marked as compatible with 18.30.x drivers and more recent.

Note : I already see questions arrived "which is the most optimal then ?", the most optimal is to respect what there is written on the first post of this thread, so, if you don't have motherboard with Intel 3xx series chipset, don't use the 17.8.x drivers branch and more recent, if you don't have motherboard with Intel 4xx series chipset, don't use the 18.30.x drivers branch and more recent.
Did you make a mistake in the "Note" section with the Chipset versions?

Jesseinsf
09-22-2020, 06:06 PM
Hi,

I reread it, and no, there is no mistake.
I got it, makes sense now. Was quite late last night when I read it.

XYchromosone
09-22-2020, 09:13 PM
Hi,

- Motherboards with Intel 2xx series chipsets are not compatible with 17.8.x drivers branch and more recent except for motherboards with some Intel 2xx series chipsets whose support is currently maintained. This is why the all Intel 2xx series chipsets is not marked as compatible with 17.8.x drivers and more recent.
- Motherboards with Intel 3xx series chipsets are not compatible with 18.30.x drivers branch and more recent except for motherboards with some Intel 3xx series chipsets whose support is currently maintained. This is why the all Intel 3xx series chipsets is not marked as compatible with 18.30.x drivers and more recent.

Note : I already see questions arrived "which is the most optimal then ?", the most optimal is to respect what there is written on the first post of this thread, so, if you don't have motherboard with Intel 3xx series chipset, don't use the 17.8.x drivers branch and more recent, if you don't have motherboard with Intel 4xx series chipset, don't use the 18.30.x drivers branch and more recent.

Thanks for your reply MoKiChU. This is interesting, let me explain why. The hardware ID for the "Storage controller/Intel Chipset SATA/PCIe RST Premium controller" for my Z390 is "PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2822&CC_0104"

The iaStorAC.inf file found in Driver Ver=07/17/2020,18.30.0.1135 specifically found in the folder "Intel RST v18.30.0.1135\F6\NonVMD\f6flpy-x64" has the same hardware ID, specifically the first one in the hardware ID list:

"%PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2822&CC_0104.DeviceDesc% = RAID_inst, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2822&CC_0104"

BTW the inf file "iaStorHsa_Ext.inf" found in "Intel RST v18.30.0.1135\F6\HsaExtension" also has hardware ID "PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2822&CC_0104"

So this tells me that v18 is indeed compatible with the Z390 chipset, and not just for the Z4xx

This is why I installed v18, but I asked on this thread if there is any known issue if I installed v18 on a Z3xx because the first post suggests v18 is only for Z4xx chipsets. My PC is running fine with v18, so it should because 2 of the driver's inf files has the z390 hardware ID as I've explained above. If v18 wasn't compatible with z390 the inf files in the 2 folders I mentioned above would not mention the hardware ID for the Z390. Do you see my point?

XYchromosone
09-24-2020, 12:28 PM
Read my previous post again, I have already explained that some 3xx series chipsets HW ID were compatible 18.30.x drivers branch (including your Z390 RAID HW ID or my Z370 AHCI HW ID), but that it's not optimal to use them and this is why the all Intel 3xx series chipsets are not marked as compatible with 18.30.x drivers. But if you want to use this branch at all costs, do what you want, of course.

Thanks for your reply, I appreciate it. When I get time, I shall run some SSD benchmarks with v18 and v17 to see if there might be any impact on the speed of the SSD with either driver version. This is what my original question was based on. I don't know of any app or any way to test for "compatibility" for a particular driver except for benchmarking and stability/stress testing?

empleat
10-02-2020, 03:58 PM
Thanks for coming back MoKiChu, You manage a very tight ship in these forums for all of us to keep our drivers updated, highly appreciated.
Wait so asus as big company they are, not only that they don't include latest drivers on sites of their motherboards. Yet some person has to manage drivers for them in free time and post them on forums? What is this? So i am suppose to search all topics for each driver, or what? Holly... Mokichu is god, mokichu doesn't work for asus right? I don't think... Poor guy is not even paid for this :/ I am never buying anything again from asus from multiple reasons, this is just tip on the iceberg... I don't even what is going on...

GanjaHouse
10-02-2020, 04:04 PM
Wait so asus as big company they are, not only that they don't include latest drivers on sites of their motherboards. Yet some person has to manage drivers for them in free time and post them on forums? What is this? So i am suppose to search all topics for each driver, or what? Holly... Mokichu is god, mokichu doesn't work for asus right? I don't think... Poor guy is not even paid for this :/ I am never buying anything again from asus from multiple reasons, this is just tip on the iceberg... I don't even what is going on...

It is something that I can not understand either as a brand with the name it has does not update its page with drivers and we have to investigate and search through forums.

Of course, we must be grateful for the work that the colleague does for keeping all the threads updated and giving support when there are doubts.

lLegendaary
10-03-2020, 02:39 AM
Dear MokiChU ,
I hope you are fine ?
I see intel ME Driver for x299 here is number 10.1.18295.8201
and The one I've CHIPSET_Intel_v10.1.18383.8213_X299


So my question to you which one is newer ?
The one you have or the one I already've

Thanks ,
ABF

lLegendaary
10-03-2020, 12:59 PM
Hi,

You need 10.1.18295.8201 version as indicated in the first post of this thread (10.1.18383.8213 version and more recent does not contain all the drivers your chipset needs).


Thank you really appreciate your reply .

richie3p
10-09-2020, 09:50 PM
Wait so asus as big company they are, not only that they don't include latest drivers on sites of their motherboards. Yet some person has to manage drivers for them in free time and post them on forums? What is this? So i am suppose to search all topics for each driver, or what? Holly... Mokichu is god, mokichu doesn't work for asus right? I don't think... Poor guy is not even paid for this :/ I am never buying anything again from asus from multiple reasons, this is just tip on the iceberg... I don't even what is going on...

yup, it's honestly depressing I feel like asus has abandoned z490, there have barely been any updates on the support page. They might have shifted all their resources to z590 since intel said rocket lake is coming out q1 2021.

TBKnbaNYC
10-14-2020, 09:43 PM
I built my PC a couple weeks ago and installed all the drivers from Asus' driver page for my Z490 Maximus Hero XII. Everything seems to be running well... i think. My build. (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/VWmgXL)

Should I install these optional driver updates that windows is offering me? Any explanation would be much appreciated. I'm having trouble even finding my current driver versions for these 4 drivers.

Apologies if this post is redundant and has already been covered. Thanks!

86514

SiDeSaLaD
10-15-2020, 12:11 AM
I built my PC a couple weeks ago and installed all the drivers from Asus' driver page for my Z490 Maximus Hero XII. Everything seems to be running well... i think. My build. (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/VWmgXL)

Should I install these optional driver updates that windows is offering me? Any explanation would be much appreciated. I'm having trouble even finding my current driver versions for these 4 drivers.

Apologies if this post is redundant and has already been covered. Thanks!

86514


These are spurious updates unrelated to your chipset, they seem to be linked to the recent 20H2 Update which is still currently classed as a preview build.
Do not install as conflicts are likely.

SiDeSaLaD

MirceaForce
10-15-2020, 04:46 PM
Hi everyone,

The DAL SoftwareComponent Driver have been updated.


Thread, post & drivers package updated.

I did got this trough windows update

SoftwareComponent Drivers :

DAL SoftwareComponent Driver : 1.38.2020.805 WHQL [06/08/2020]
ICLS SoftwareComponent Driver : 1.61.251.0 WHQL [09/04/2020]
LMS SoftwareComponent Driver : 2033.15.0.1782 WHQL [13/08/2020]

are this ok for my motherboard asus rampage vi extreme omega x299 ?

Jesseinsf
10-19-2020, 10:23 PM
This update refers to the Intel MEI Drivers with SoftwareComponent Drivers in this thread which is offered as an Optional Update on my Windows 10 Pro for Workstations PC which is also on the Insider Beta channel.

MirceaForce
10-20-2020, 06:12 PM
This update refers to the Intel MEI Drivers with SoftwareComponent Drivers in this thread which is offered as an Optional Update on my Windows 10 Pro for Workstations PC which is also on the Insider Beta channel.

so this :

SoftwareComponent Drivers :

DAL SoftwareComponent Driver : 1.38.2020.805 WHQL [06/08/2020]
ICLS SoftwareComponent Driver : 1.61.251.0 WHQL [09/04/2020]
LMS SoftwareComponent Driver : 2033.15.0.1782 WHQL [13/08/2020]


are beta right ?

EaglePC
10-27-2020, 12:26 AM
i was thinking x299 is intel 200 series not 300 but ACHI in device manager show 300 series

DmitriyS
11-01-2020, 11:52 AM
Hello! I need to install Drivers - 3xx: 17.9.4.1017 WHQL [07/24/2020] when I have already installed Samsung NVMe Drivers (Drivers Only):
Drivers: 3.3.0.2003 WHQL [21/01/2020]?

DmitriyS
11-01-2020, 02:42 PM
Hi,

Yes. Here are the drivers used according to the most common scenarios (excluding RAID/Optane) :

HDD/SSD SATA : Intel SATA AHCI Driver
SSD NVMe SAMSUNG : Intel SATA AHCI Driver + Samsung NVMe Driver
SSD NVMe Corsair or others : Intel SATA AHCI Driver + Microsoft built-in NVMe Driver

I need to install 3xx: 17.9.4.1017 WHQL [07/24/2020] and Samsung NVMe Drivers (Drivers Only):
Drivers: 3.3.0.2003 WHQL [21/01/2020]?

DmitriyS
11-01-2020, 07:21 PM
Yes, as I told you in my previous answer to this same question.

Thanks

EaglePC
11-02-2020, 06:44 AM
Skylake- E Version 10.1.8.7 been released

olimpiubogatean
11-07-2020, 03:20 AM
Yes, as I told you in my previous answer to this same question.

Hello all,

@MoKiChU
You can support drive on the wifi side for ROG MAXIMUS X CODE?
The present drive is not stable, even the latest version from Microsoft!

86744
Thx

olimpiubogatean
11-08-2020, 05:41 PM
Hi,

You need these Realtek WiFi & Bluetooth Drivers : [DRIVERS] Realtek Ethernet/WiFi/Bluetooth (https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?118059-DRIVERS-Realtek-Ethernet-WiFi-Bluetooth)



You also need this Intel Ethernet Drivers : [DRIVERS] Intel Ethernet/WiFi/Bluetooth (https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?118280-DRIVERS-Intel-Ethernet-WiFi-Bluetooth)

Thanks for the reply, I will try the driver proposed by you!:cool:

olimpiubogatean
11-08-2020, 05:57 PM
Thanks for the reply, I will try the driver proposed by you!:cool:

I don't think I can install it, after I finish the installation, the old version remains

!


86764

thunderrd
11-11-2020, 03:38 PM
Intel MEI Drivers with SoftwareComponent Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 2036.100.0.1024 WHQL [30/08/2020]
Hi MoKiChU, I've got a Maximus XI Formula board.

I've cleaned out the old .inf files, and installed this package successfully. Unfortunately, I'm getting some event viewer errors for LMS service. I also can't start LMS service manually.

I've checked in Driver Store Explorer that the old drivers are gone. It appears they are, and the correct, current versions of lms.inf, dal.inf, and iclsclient.inf are there.

Any suggestions as to why the LMS service isn't installed correctly with the new filename, and how to reinstall the service with the correct target?

I've attached some screenshots to show the details. Thanks for the time ;)868048680586806

MoKiChU
11-11-2020, 05:20 PM
Hi MoKiChU, I've got a Maximus XI Formula board.

I've cleaned out the old .inf files, and installed this package successfully. Unfortunately, I'm getting some event viewer errors for LMS service. I also can't start LMS service manually.

I've checked in Driver Store Explorer that the old drivers are gone. It appears they are, and the correct, current versions of lms.inf, dal.inf, and iclsclient.inf are there.

Any suggestions as to why the LMS service isn't installed correctly with the new filename, and how to reinstall the service with the correct target?

I've attached some screenshots to show the details. Thanks for the time ;)

Hi,

There is no errors on my side, the service is started (auto), and there are no missing files.

In addition, to avoid conflict with Windows Update, you must not (except in the case of a cleanup to fix a mess), cleanup your drivers then install the new ones, you must first install the new ones and then (optional) delete the old ones via Driver Store Explorer.

So, follow this process :


- If you had Intel Management Engine Components in your apps installed : Uninstall it (Start > Settings > Apps) then restart your PC
- Launch Driver Store Explorer (https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/latest) > Check the boxes of all versions of these drivers .inf (if you find them) : heci.inf | dal.inf | dal_wc.inf | iclsclient.inf | lms.inf
- Check the box "Force Deletion" then click on the "Delete Driver" button then restart your PC
- Download the Intel MEI drivers package from the first post of this thread
- Follow the Install/Update Process

Jesseinsf
11-11-2020, 06:43 PM
Hi MoKiChU, I've got a Maximus XI Formula board.

I've cleaned out the old .inf files, and installed this package successfully. Unfortunately, I'm getting some event viewer errors for LMS service. I also can't start LMS service manually.

I've checked in Driver Store Explorer that the old drivers are gone. It appears they are, and the correct, current versions of lms.inf, dal.inf, and iclsclient.inf are there.

Any suggestions as to why the LMS service isn't installed correctly with the new filename, and how to reinstall the service with the correct target?

I've attached some screenshots to show the details. Thanks for the time ;)
I have the same problem on my Maximus XI Extreme. Let me know if MoKiChU's instructions fix your issue.

thunderrd
11-12-2020, 06:16 AM
In addition, to avoid conflict with Windows Update, you must not (except in the case of a cleanup to fix a mess), cleanup your drivers then install the new ones, you must first install the new ones and then (optional) delete the old ones via Driver Store Explorer.

This must be what I did wrong! I'll remember for the future.

Thanks as always, MoKiChU - your uninstall/reinstall routine worked perfectly. The LMS Service now starts as expected. The ME Components no longer show in the Windows ADD/REMOVE, so I guess they are redundant now that the drivers are installed directly.

I won't be making the same mistake again [until the next time] ;)

Have a great day and and thanks for the help!

@Jesseinsf: fix works correctly on my machine, if LMS service isn't automatically starting, you can follow the procedure in MoKiChU's post. Good luck :)

olimpiubogatean
11-12-2020, 02:08 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel MEI Drivers with SoftwareComponent Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 2036.100.0.1024 WHQL [30/08/2020]



Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/sFEjEIha#vh6Rm1Z3_LAv0RsHcOYmkxEiHhlyv-65G4F2eLhJpic)


Thread updated.


Hello,
Thanks, I managed to install it thanks for the reply!

MPTraxx
11-20-2020, 10:09 PM
Hi all,

Drivers are final? Or beta? Because frequently updated here many versions and often... Final version must long wait for official release on Asus support Web page... For example I have audio driver from 2019 year latest version on web page... So can someone explain me this? ��

Enderwiggin03
11-21-2020, 12:29 AM
Hi all,

Drivers are final? Or beta? Because frequently updated here many versions and often... Final version must long wait for official release on Asus support Web page... For example I have audio driver from 2019 year latest version on web page... So can someone explain me this? ��

Asus is horrible at releasing newest drivers.

MPTraxx
11-21-2020, 10:29 AM
Asus is horrible at releasing newest drivers.

Yes but only on their official Web page for all customers... Here on forum are a lot of new and new versions...

warreng090
11-25-2020, 07:39 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel MEI Drivers with SoftwareComponent Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 2040.100.0.1029 WHQL [01/10/2020]




Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/8N0QlTiT#gYPrXYauSqUCyGK0-KwQ3y3IofudOyKcoNYLu9R_vBA)


Thread updated.


Thank you for keeping this updated.

Is LMS.exe necessary? Windows wants to run it, but it can never locate the file, though the path is present C:\WINDOWS\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\lms .inf_amd64_3e38e338bd327f33\LMS.exe

I continue to get the following Event 7000, Service Control Manager error message:

The Intel(R) Management and Security Application Local Management Service service failed to start due to the following error:
The system cannot find the file specified.

warreng090
11-26-2020, 12:10 AM
Hi,

Already answered here (https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?117609-DRIVERS-Intel-Chipset-MEI-SATA-(1xx-2xx-3xx-4xx)/page12#post819378). Follow this process :

That fixed it! Thank you!

toouur
11-29-2020, 11:11 PM
Hi there,

I receive Error 23: Communication error between application and Intel(R) ME module upon trying to update this ME_Intel_v14.0.45.1389 (from this thread and this MEUpdateTool_14.0.45.1389V2.1_T (from asus website)

my current firmware: 14.0.33.1125
current driver version: 2040.100.0.1029
Asus z490-e

will appreciate any advise please

ps. It's shown as Intel management engine interface #1 - is it possible to get rid of #1? I tried uninstalling and searching in register - no luck

MoKiChU
11-30-2020, 12:30 PM
Hi there,

I receive Error 23: Communication error between application and Intel(R) ME module upon trying to update this ME_Intel_v14.0.45.1389 (from this thread and this MEUpdateTool_14.0.45.1389V2.1_T (from asus website)

my current firmware: 14.0.33.1125
current driver version: 2040.100.0.1029
Asus z490-e

will appreciate any advise please

ps. It's shown as Intel management engine interface #1 - is it possible to get rid of #1? I tried uninstalling and searching in register - no luck

Hi,

1) Follow this process :


- If you had Intel Management Engine Components in your apps installed : Uninstall it (Start > Settings > Apps) then restart your PC
- Launch Driver Store Explorer (https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/latest) > Check the boxes of all versions of these drivers .inf (if you find them) : heci.inf | dal.inf | dal_wc.inf | iclsclient.inf | lms.inf
- Check the box "Force Deletion" then click on the "Delete Driver" button then restart your PC
- Download the Intel MEI drivers package from the first post of this thread
- Follow the Install/Update Process

2) Download the Intel ME firmware from the first post of this thread (https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?117768-FIRMWARE-Intel-ME-(Z490)) then follow the Install/Update Process.

toouur
12-01-2020, 09:15 AM
Many thanks! With the steps above I was able to update firmware (but not with tool from your post - it still gave me communication error - but with one from Asus site) I still don't have drivers of the same version and am puzzled where to find them cause now I have:

my current firmware: 14.0.45.1389
current driver version: 2040.100.0.1029

And I believe they should be the same version?

cricketbones
12-01-2020, 02:46 PM
Many thanks! With the steps above I was able to update firmware (but not with tool from your post - it still gave me communication error - but with one from Asus site) I still don't have drivers of the same version and am puzzled where to find them cause now I have:

my current firmware: 14.0.45.1389
current driver version: 2040.100.0.1029

And I believe they should be the same version?

No they should not.

toouur
12-01-2020, 10:07 PM
Many thanks! With the steps above I was able to update firmware (but not with tool from your post - it still gave me communication error - but with one from Asus site) I still don't have drivers of the same version and am puzzled where to find them cause now I have:

my current firmware: 14.0.45.1389
current driver version: 2040.100.0.1029

And I believe they should be the same version?

MEUpdateTool
Intel has identified security issue that could potentially place impacted platform at risk.
Use ME Update tool to update your ME.
*We suggest you update ME Driver to the latest Version 14.0.45.1389V2.1 simultaneously.
Please download the file and check the MD5 code first.
MD5: a326d4ad928cc054d970924b50e7b6d6


%%%

toouur
12-01-2020, 11:26 PM
Oh..such a facepalm to ASUS

thanks for replies, guys!

cerenbjk
12-03-2020, 11:20 AM
@MoKiChU ,

When I press properties on the device manager it says device failed to load.. Is that normal?
(I installed intel me)

Device PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_A360&SUBSYS_86941043&REV_10\3&11583659&0&B0 had a problem starting.

Driver Name: oem89.inf
Class Guid: {4d36e97d-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}
Service: MEIx64
Lower Filters:
Upper Filters:
Problem: 0x15
Problem Status: 0x0

Wangeyed
12-03-2020, 05:23 PM
i got the same from a week ago, dont think its anything to worry about if it says its working

cerenbjk
12-03-2020, 07:48 PM
i got the same from a week ago, dont think its anything to worry about if it says its working

Its so stupid like that, status is working but when u click details or properties whatever it was, says fail to start... What is that ?

Guitarmageddon888
12-05-2020, 09:27 PM
Maybe since all these files are INF files and not any sort of management engine software. Could be something windows is looking for and expecting to find, and it confuses windows. These inf files give "basic" MEI functionality but for our purposes here it is negligible and transparent to us as home users. That would be my guess. There is actual MEI software you could install, but would likely get no noticeable difference for it except more software on your system, more bloat, and possible compatibility issues as drivers and programs always present.

MoKiChU
12-06-2020, 02:58 PM
@MoKiChU ,

When I press properties on the device manager it says device failed to load.. Is that normal?
(I installed intel me)

Device PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_A360&SUBSYS_86941043&REV_10\3&11583659&0&B0 had a problem starting.

Driver Name: oem89.inf
Class Guid: {4d36e97d-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}
Service: MEIx64
Lower Filters:
Upper Filters:
Problem: 0x15
Problem Status: 0x0
i got the same from a week ago, dont think its anything to worry about if it says its working
Its so stupid like that, status is working but when u click details or properties whatever it was, says fail to start... What is that ?
Maybe since all these files are INF files and not any sort of management engine software. Could be something windows is looking for and expecting to find, and it confuses windows. These inf files give "basic" MEI functionality but for our purposes here it is negligible and transparent to us as home users. That would be my guess. There is actual MEI software you could install, but would likely get no noticeable difference for it except more software on your system, more bloat, and possible compatibility issues as drivers and programs always present.

Hi,

What you (cerenbjk) are showing is not the current state of your Intel MEI device but the event log of your Intel MEI device, it simply indicates that the device did not have time to start after installing the drivers, because of the autorestart too fast (after install). So :

I added a 5 sec delay before autorestart, you won't see this message in the event log anymore. Driver package updated.

Follow this process :


- Re-download the Intel MEI drivers package from the first post of this thread
- Launch Driver Store Explorer (https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/latest) > Check the boxes of all versions of these drivers .inf (if you find them) : heci.inf | dal.inf | dal_wc.inf | iclsclient.inf | lms.inf
- Check the box "Force Deletion" then click on the "Delete Driver" button (don't restart your PC)
- Follow the Install/Update Process

piratino
12-16-2020, 12:59 PM
Hello there!

Haven't updated the MEI drivers in a while as, I don't why, the forums hasn't informed me about any new posts, even if I have instant notifications..

I have noticed that there is an update for the MEI driver, but no update for the ME fw. I have just updated the driver and everything is ok.

Regarding the update, why is it ok to have newer drivers on old fw? I really though that MEI drv and ME fw were coming a bit along...

Thank you so much for your help. You are really a game changer. I would buy you a coffee/beer if it would be possible. :)

nerpish
12-18-2020, 05:38 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel Chipset Drivers (Drivers Only Package) :

Package - 1xx/2xx/3xx/4xx : 10.1.18508.8239 WHQL [03/09/2020]
Download - 1xx/2xx/3xx/4xx : Link (https://mega.nz/file/MBMHhaAD#sDy9EijyVzV5OglgxiuxBHB7kBOxjt9oNhy65aRSs hQ)


Thread updated.

Thanks as always for staying on top of this for us users. :)

rgen44
12-19-2020, 11:56 AM
Hi everyone,

- Intel Chipset Drivers (Drivers Only Package) :

Package - 1xx/2xx/3xx/4xx : 10.1.18508.8239 WHQL [03/09/2020]
Download - 1xx/2xx/3xx/4xx : Link (https://mega.nz/file/MBMHhaAD#sDy9EijyVzV5OglgxiuxBHB7kBOxjt9oNhy65aRSs hQ)


Thread updated.

Thank you for your time and effort. STAY WELL!

DmitriyS
12-19-2020, 02:35 PM
Hi MoKiChU Thank you!

BillBittel
12-20-2020, 03:47 PM
Hi MoKiChU.

The Intel Chipset Drivers 10.1.18508.8239 WHQL install is not working for me on my Max X Hero Wifi. The last one I think I successfully installed was 10.1.18460.8229 WHQL. I say "think" because I looked in Device Manager and Drive Store Explorer for driver 10.1.18460.8229 but don't see it listed. Is this normal? When I tried to install 10.1.18508.8239 it ends with Failure - Unknown Error. I looked at the log file but could not tell what the error is. I then decided to try installing the last version that I had from you (10.1.18460.8229 WHQL) and that also failed to install.

I have installed many driver updates thanks to your efforts and have rarely had any trouble. I don't know why this version won't install, or why the last version won't install, or why I don't see any driver with these version numbers in Device Manager or Drive Store Explorer. I tried to attach the 2 log files that were generated but the Asus upload thing said it was not a valid file. Maybe they only allow image files? Here are the last few lines of Chipset_20201220103841.log.

EDIT TO ADD - After doing some investigation, it appears that the latest Intel Chipset Driver that is installed is 10.1.1.38 which is what I see in Device Manager for all of the Intel 200 Series Chipset Family entries. In Drive Store Explorer it shows up as kabylakepch-hsystem.inf. I looked back through the other versions I have from you. If I attempt to install CHIPSET_Intel_v10.1.18383.8213 it gives a warning that a newer version is installed so I aborted that installation. If I advance to the next one (CHIPSET_Intel_v10.1.18460.8229) I don't get the newer version installed warning but I do get Failure - Unknown Error. If I try the latest one you have posted (CHIPSET_Intel_v10.1.18508.8239) I also get Failure - Unknown Error.

MSIFASTINSTALL="7" IIF_MSI_SWITCHES="" ARPNOMODIFY="1"'
[3914:5E90][2020-12-20T10:38:47]e000: Error 0x80070643: Failed to install MSI package.
[3914:5E90][2020-12-20T10:38:47]e000: Error 0x80070643: Failed to execute MSI package.
[1E14:5CD0][2020-12-20T10:38:47]e000: Error 0x80070643: Failed to configure per-machine MSI package.
[1E14:5CD0][2020-12-20T10:38:47]i319: Applied execute package: SetupChipsetx64.msi, result: 0x80070643, restart: None
[1E14:5CD0][2020-12-20T10:38:47]e000: Error 0x80070643: Failed to execute MSI package.
[3914:5E90][2020-12-20T10:38:47]i318: Skipped rollback of package: SetupChipsetx64.msi, action: Uninstall, already: Absent
[1E14:5CD0][2020-12-20T10:38:47]i319: Applied rollback package: SetupChipsetx64.msi, result: 0x0, restart: None
[3914:5E90][2020-12-20T10:38:47]i329: Removed package dependency provider: {4F954DAC-F23D-4AF8-A730-65C372BF6661}, package: SetupChipsetx64.msi
[3914:5E90][2020-12-20T10:38:47]i351: Removing cached package: SetupChipsetx64.msi, from path: C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\{4F954DAC-F23D-4AF8-A730-65C372BF6661}v10.1.18508.8239\
[3914:5E90][2020-12-20T10:38:47]i329: Removed package dependency provider: {74047D2E-0769-4C22-BFEA-6AE32AFF2D8A}, package: SetupChipsetx86.msi
[3914:5E90][2020-12-20T10:38:47]i372: Session end, registration key: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstal l\{a884defb-81e9-46b8-a7f2-5d27c231bf51}, resume: None, restart: None, disable resume: No
[3914:5E90][2020-12-20T10:38:47]i330: Removed bundle dependency provider: {a884defb-81e9-46b8-a7f2-5d27c231bf51}
[3914:5E90][2020-12-20T10:38:47]i352: Removing cached bundle: {a884defb-81e9-46b8-a7f2-5d27c231bf51}, from path: C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\{a884defb-81e9-46b8-a7f2-5d27c231bf51}\
[3914:5E90][2020-12-20T10:38:47]i371: Updating session, registration key: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstal l\{a884defb-81e9-46b8-a7f2-5d27c231bf51}, resume: None, restart initiated: No, disable resume: No
[1E14:5CD0][2020-12-20T10:38:47]i000: ** MBA ** Apply complete. Status: '0x80070643' Restart: 'None' Result: 'None'
[1E14:5CD0][2020-12-20T10:38:47]i399: Apply complete, result: 0x80070643, restart: None, ba requested restart: No
[1E14:6BF4][2020-12-20T10:38:47]e000: ** MBA ** Unknown error.


Thank you,

Sineira1
12-20-2020, 05:03 PM
Hi MoKiChU.

The Intel Chipset Drivers 10.1.18508.8239 WHQL install is not working for me on my Max X Hero Wifi.

Same issue on a Maximus XI Code.

rstolpe1988
12-21-2020, 01:33 PM
The latest chipset working fine on ROG MAXIMUS XII HERO (WI-FI) - for anyone who wondering.

broncogr
12-21-2020, 04:23 PM
Also not working on Maximus XII Extreme

GanjaHouse
12-21-2020, 05:05 PM
Work in Z490 Maximus XIII

Thanks

Jesseinsf
12-21-2020, 10:04 PM
Work in Z490 Maximus XIII

Thanks
You mean Maximus XII :-)

GanjaHouse
12-21-2020, 10:25 PM
You mean Maximus XII :-)

hahahaha Yes Sir

Jesseinsf
12-21-2020, 10:51 PM
hahahaha Yes Sir
You almost had me excited that the Z590 was available :-P

BillBittel
12-21-2020, 11:42 PM
Z590 probably will be available before i get the parts to build a Ryzen 5000 rig.

No Asus Crosshair VIII Dark Hero - Check
No AMD 5900X - Check
No Asus or EVGA RTX3080 - Check

KiLLa CaM
12-22-2020, 12:49 AM
Question, how often should I be updating these for my mobo? I just got my PC in September, and I have the Maximus XII Hero Wi-Fi. I followed all of your firmware and driver threads maybe last month or maybe the month before so they're all still pretty recent, a few even still being the most up to date version. I don't know a whole lot about computers in terms of these things, but I obviously don't seem to have any issues on the current versions I have.

rstolpe1988
12-22-2020, 09:51 AM
Question, how often should I be updating these for my mobo? I just got my PC in September, and I have the Maximus XII Hero Wi-Fi. I followed all of your firmware and driver threads maybe last month or maybe the month before so they're all still pretty recent, a few even still being the most up to date version. I don't know a whole lot about computers in terms of these things, but I obviously don't seem to have any issues on the current versions I have.

Well it's up to you, I prefer the latest drivers. Now WIndows has released the latest October update so if your up to date with windows I should update to the latest drivers also.

KiLLa CaM
12-28-2020, 07:47 AM
Well it's up to you, I prefer the latest drivers. Now WIndows has released the latest October update so if your up to date with windows I should update to the latest drivers also.

I mean what kind of impact will I see being a version or 2 behind? A few of these drivers were a pain to do because they don't install properly unless you follow the special tutorial that OP posted. I also am not on the new October windows update, I'm still on Version 2004 build 19041.685 and my mobo's BIOS is what it shipped with too. Not sure what I should do

rstolpe1988
12-28-2020, 11:21 AM
I mean what kind of impact will I see being a version or 2 behind? A few of these drivers were a pain to do because they don't install properly unless you follow the special tutorial that OP posted. I also am not on the new October windows update, I'm still on Version 2004 build 19041.685 and my mobo's BIOS is what it shipped with too. Not sure what I should do

Well it depends, depends on the bugs or what ever the driver are fixing.
The installation of the drivers are not hard to do. Click on a file and then after installation reboot the computer all done.

KiLLa CaM
12-29-2020, 06:40 AM
Well it depends, depends on the bugs or what ever the driver are fixing.
The installation of the drivers are not hard to do. Click on a file and then after installation reboot the computer all done.

As I stated some are not so simple. I had to do some weird stuff to get most of these to work lol. How about the BIOS updates though? We seem to have the same mobo from ur specs, I have yet to update mine from whatever it came with stock. Do I need to update that if I don't exactly see any issues currently?

rstolpe1988
12-29-2020, 07:15 AM
As I stated some are not so simple. I had to do some weird stuff to get most of these to work lol. How about the BIOS updates though? We seem to have the same mobo from ur specs, I have yet to update mine from whatever it came with stock. Do I need to update that if I don't exactly see any issues currently?

I’m recommending to update bios as it’s has new microcode and the BAR function etc.

KiLLa CaM
12-29-2020, 07:23 AM
I’m recommending to update bios as it’s has new microcode and the BAR function etc.

Ok I'm doing the couple drivers that were out of date, and they were much easier to install this time around (appears it was due to the original management software that was auto installed on my PC showing in the Add or Remove Programs)

BIOS Version 1003 is newest right? ALSO, can I install the BIOS using the EZ Flash Utility (it's easier for me than using a USB)? And should I update my Intel ME Firmware before or after the new BIOS?

rstolpe1988
12-30-2020, 09:24 AM
Ok I'm doing the couple drivers that were out of date, and they were much easier to install this time around (appears it was due to the original management software that was auto installed on my PC showing in the Add or Remove Programs)

BIOS Version 1003 is newest right? ALSO, can I install the BIOS using the EZ Flash Utility (it's easier for me than using a USB)? And should I update my Intel ME Firmware before or after the new BIOS?

Yes, the 1003 are the latest. Update that trough EZ Flash and then update the ME Firmware don't matter which order you do it in.

MMosquiton
01-02-2021, 09:22 PM
Hi,

You can see the version of the package in your installed apps (Windows Settings > Apps).

If you want see the drivers versions, the easiest and fastest way is to use Driver Store Explorer (https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/latest) (because the devices are different according to the motherboards) by looking in System devices at the Intel .inf ending with system and which have the field of the last column Device Name filled.

Note (from Intel) : Intel(R) Chipset Device Software uses an unusual date for the devices it is targeting. The date 07/18/1968 is symbolic - Intel was founded that day. The reason this date is used is to lower the rank of Intel(R) Chipset Device Software. This is necessary because it's a supporting utility that should not overwrite any other drivers.

Sorry but "Driver Store Explorer" report always same old version visible from Device Manager (10.1.16.7) on my asus rog strix z390-e gaming, why?
What is the method to update chipset driver?

Ty

MoKiChU
01-03-2021, 02:42 PM
Sorry but "Driver Store Explorer" report always same old version visible from Device Manager (10.1.16.7) on my asus rog strix z390-e gaming, why?
What is the method to update chipset driver?

Ty

Hi,

You have the latest version to date. What makes you thought you are not up to date ?

Anyway, it's Sunday, I'll take the time to explain a few more details :

- Intel Chipset Drivers are not "drivers" strictly speaking (unlike AMD Chipset Drivers), because they do not "drive" anything at all, they have nothing functional, they are only used to index/label hardware IDs linked to the Chipset-CPU pair, and the package contains nothing other than the installer of these "drivers" (hence the mention Drivers Only Package).

- So since they are not "drivers" strictly speaking as I explained previously, as the versions of the drivers progress (the .inf and not the package/installer itself) there are nothing that is fixed as there is nothing to fix, these are just additions of support for new hardware IDs and a new WHQL signature as the versions of Windows 10 are released. However, the package/installer may have bugfixes to improve the method of hardware detection and driver installation.

- What is the interest in this case to update Intel Chipset Drivers if they have already been installed once ?


- Be ready for a CPU or motherboard upgrade
- Have "drivers" signed WHQL in line with the latest version of Windows 10

Note : I do not advise you to install the Intel Chipset drivers from Windows Update (Optional updates), this method uses an update method suitable for "real drivers" but is unsuitable for these drivers which are not finally not technically drivers.


So to conclude these explanations, here is what you are supposed to see in your DriverStore for your Z390 (CannonLake H Chipset) + ix-9xxx series (CoffeeLake Refresh CPU) :


- CannonLake-HSystem.inf : 10.1.16.7
- CoffeelakeSystem.inf : 10.1.14.8
- SkylakeSystem.inf : 10.1.7.3

and what I see in my DriverStore for my Z370 (KabyLake H Refresh/CoffeeLake H Chipset) + i7-8700K (CoffeeLake CPU) :


- KabyLakePCH-HSystem.inf : 10.1.11.4
- CoffeelakeSystem.inf : 10.1.14.8
- SkylakeSystem.inf : 10.1.7.3

This is to show you why, unlike the other drivers that I offer, I provided the installer, because without it most people would not be able to determine which drivers (.inf) to use according to the Chipset-CPU pair.


I hope these explanations have given you or others a better understanding about Intel Chipset Drivers.

MMosquiton
01-04-2021, 02:42 PM
...
I hope these explanations have given you or others a better understanding about Intel Chipset Drivers.

Ty for your detailed explanation!

I wanted to make sure I have the latest version of the chipset drivers (and not just those) because I am trying to fix a problem.
When the Turbo bios option is enabled playing Quake Champion (Full screen 1920x1080) the pc restarts to the intro screen before the match starts or at the end before the final stats.

If I play 1366x768, in window mode, the problem does not occur.
If I play 1600x1024, in window mode, the problem not always occur.
If I disable the Turbo the problem never occurs.

The PSU (enermax infiniti 720) emits 2 beeps which means
1. Power supply abnormal, protection circuit activated.
or
2. Connector terminals are short-circuited.

Have you some info about this problem?

Ty

MoKiChU
01-04-2021, 04:27 PM
Ty for your detailed explanation!

I wanted to make sure I have the latest version of the chipset drivers (and not just those) because I am trying to fix a problem.
When the Turbo bios option is enabled playing Quake Champion (Full screen 1920x1080) the pc restarts to the intro screen before the match starts or at the end before the final stats.

If I play 1366x768, in window mode, the problem does not occur.
If I play 1600x1024, in window mode, the problem not always occur.
If I disable the Turbo the problem never occurs.

The PSU (enermax infiniti 720) emits 2 beeps which means
1. Power supply abnormal, protection circuit activated.
or
2. Connector terminals are short-circuited.

Have you some info about this problem?

Ty

Hi,

The Intel Chipset Drivers having nothing functional, I confirm that this will not solve your issue.

Turbo is an original feature and is not equated with overclock, you can leave it enabled.

On the other hand, there are 2 things which are activated by default on high-end ASUS motherboards which are assimilated to overclock and which I advise you to disable : ASUS MultiCore Enhancement & XMP optimized by ASUS. So :

ASUS MultiCore Enhancement Auto/Enabled : ASUS optimized core ratio
ASUS MultiCore Enhancement Disabled : Original core ratio from Intel

XMP I mode = ASUS optimized XMP profil
XMP II mode = Original XMP profil from memory stick manufacturer.


Follow this process :

- Go in your BIOS > Press F5 (Default) > Press F7 (Advanced Mode) > Extreme Tweaker tab :


Ai Overclock Tuner : XMP II
ASUS MultiCore Enhancement : Disabled

- Press F10 (Save & Exit)

MMosquiton
01-04-2021, 05:31 PM
Hi,

The Intel Chipset Drivers having nothing functional, I confirm that this will not solve your issue.

Turbo is an original feature and is not equated with overclock, you can leave it enabled.

On the other hand, there are 2 things which are activated by default on high-end ASUS motherboards which are assimilated to overclock and which I advise you to disable : ASUS MultiCore Enhancement & XMP optimized by ASUS. So :

ASUS MultiCore Enhancement Auto/Enabled : ASUS optimized core ratio
ASUS MultiCore Enhancement Disabled : Original core ratio from Intel

XMP I mode = ASUS optimized XMP profil
XMP II mode = Original XMP profil from memory stick manufacturer.


Follow this process :

- Go in your BIOS > Press F5 (Default) > Press F7 (Advanced Mode) > Extreme Tweaker tab :


Ai Overclock Tuner : XMP II
ASUS MultiCore Enhancement : Disabled

- Press F10 (Save & Exit)

Ty for your aswer!

Do you think that the ASUS MultiCore Enhancement and XMP optimized are the cause of issue when Turbo its enabled?

varnavas
01-04-2021, 10:04 PM
Hi,

The Intel Chipset Drivers having nothing functional, I confirm that this will not solve your issue.

Turbo is an original feature and is not equated with overclock, you can leave it enabled.

On the other hand, there are 2 things which are activated by default on high-end ASUS motherboards which are assimilated to overclock and which I advise you to disable : ASUS MultiCore Enhancement & XMP optimized by ASUS. So :

ASUS MultiCore Enhancement Auto/Enabled : ASUS optimized core ratio
ASUS MultiCore Enhancement Disabled : Original core ratio from Intel

XMP I mode = ASUS optimized XMP profil
XMP II mode = Original XMP profil from memory stick manufacturer.


Follow this process :

- Go in your BIOS > Press F5 (Default) > Press F7 (Advanced Mode) > Extreme Tweaker tab :


Ai Overclock Tuner : XMP II
ASUS MultiCore Enhancement : Disabled

- Press F10 (Save & Exit)

full update until now no issue no blue screen etc but some tip on the next time i prefer an instruction for not experience people to how to check the version of those things before the update and i run the xmp II mode

howxcore
01-06-2021, 10:28 PM
Hey , what is the latest "Intel SERIAL IO GPIO INT host controller -INT3450 driver" for MAXIMUS XI Hero board?? I have 30.100.1841.2 from 10/8/2018.... If there is a newer one, please advise, thanks in advance :)

DmitriyS
01-13-2021, 06:19 PM
Hi MoKiChU, thx for driver updates..

piratino
01-27-2021, 12:55 AM
Wow! Some times I don't get email updates from the forum about new replies, but at least it's always a surprise coming here and see fresh nice updates! :)
Thanks for your help!

TexasGore
01-29-2021, 03:44 PM
Thank you so very much for these drivers! I have been using out of date drivers for a long time.

Great work, man! Much appreciated.

MachinaEx
02-02-2021, 07:36 PM
Are these drivers needed "Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers" If you are using Intel Optane Memory and Storage (Windows Store application) on ASUS TUF Z370 PLUS Gaming motherboard? Have there been any updates for the Management engine components (my version is 1909.12.0.1236) ?

MoKiChU
02-02-2021, 08:48 PM
Are these drivers needed "Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers" If you are using Intel Optane Memory and Storage (Windows Store application) on ASUS TUF Z370 PLUS Gaming motherboard?

Hi,

Yes, follow the AHCI Install/Update Process (& RAID/Optane Install/Update Process only if you use an RAID/Optane stuff).


Have there been any updates for the Management engine components (my version is 1909.12.0.1236) ?

- Uninstall Intel Management Engine Components from your apps installed (Start > Settings > Apps) then restart your PC
- Launch Driver Store Explorer (https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/latest) > Check the boxes of all versions of these drivers .inf (if you find them) : heci.inf | dal.inf | dal_wc.inf | iclsclient.inf | lms.inf | wiman_wlan_extension.inf | wiman.inf | mesrl.inf
- Check the box "Force Deletion" then click on the "Delete Driver" button then restart your PC
- Download the Intel MEI drivers package from the first post of this thread
- Follow the Install/Update Process

For the next drivers packages that I would release, you will can directly follow the Install/Update Process.


Once your Intel MEI drivers are up to date, you can update your Intel ME firmware : [FIRMWARE] Intel ME (Z170/Z270/Z370) (https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?117738-FIRMWARE-Intel-ME-(Z170-Z270-Z370)).

Note : You can check the vulnerability of your system before and after Intel ME firmware update with this Intel tool :

CSME Version Detection Tool v4.1.0.0 (Choose the Windows download link) : https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/28632.

MachinaEx
02-02-2021, 09:24 PM
Hi,

Yes, follow the AHCI Install/Update Process (& RAID/Optane Install/Update Process only if you use an RAID/Optane stuff).



- Uninstall Intel Management Engine Components from your apps installed (Start > Settings > Apps) then restart your PC
- Launch Driver Store Explorer (https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/latest) > Check the boxes of all versions of these drivers .inf (if you find them) : heci.inf | dal.inf | dal_wc.inf | iclsclient.inf | lms.inf | wiman_wlan_extension.inf | wiman.inf | mesrl.inf
- Check the box "Force Deletion" then click on the "Delete Driver" button then restart your PC
- Download the Intel MEI drivers package from the first post of this thread
- Follow the Install/Update Process

For the next drivers packages that I would release, you will can directly follow the Install/Update Process.


Once your Intel MEI drivers are up to date, you can update your Intel ME firmware : [FIRMWARE] Intel ME (Z170/Z270/Z370) (https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?117738-FIRMWARE-Intel-ME-(Z170-Z270-Z370)).

Note : You can check the vulnerability of your system before and after Intel ME firmware update with this Intel tool :

CSME Version Detection Tool v4.1.0.0 (Choose the Windows download link) : https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/28632.

Thank you followed your instructions to the letter! So Managment Engine components are not need anymore as a separate install? :D

Jesseinsf
02-04-2021, 11:12 AM
I have the ROG Maximus XI Extreme and I noticed that there is a new MEI version available today from the product support download page.

Version 2047.100.0.1039 LINK (https://dlcdnets.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/03CHIPSET/DRV_MEI_Intel_Cons_RKL_TP_W10_64_V204710001039_202 10127R.zip) - 2021/02/02

I take it that this will work for all Z390 Chipsets.

pacitobg
02-04-2021, 01:22 PM
I have the ROG Maximus XI Extreme and I noticed that there is a new MEI version available today from the product support download page.

Version 2047.100.0.1039 LINK (https://dlcdnets.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/03CHIPSET/DRV_MEI_Intel_Cons_RKL_TP_W10_64_V204710001039_202 10127R.zip) - 2021/02/02

I take it that this will work for all Z390 Chipsets.

can't install this to my Maximus XII Extreme :(
....also why is it so big now? 670Mb ?!!!!

Reliantg
02-06-2021, 02:55 AM
I get a BSOD when trying to install the Z590 chipset drivers on my*MAXIMUS XIII HERO. Right before the BSOD happens my USB devices disconnect then I get a driver irq not equal error. Any help?

rgen44
02-10-2021, 01:27 PM
[QUOTE=MoKiChU;827058]Hi everyone,

- Intel MEI Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 2102.100.0.1044 WHQL [03/01/2021]


As always you are much appreciated.

Thank you @MoKiChU. STAY WELL!

Cliff S
02-10-2021, 10:55 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel MEI Drivers (Drivers Only) :
Drivers : 2102.100.0.1044 WHQL [03/01/2021]



Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/oQlkhZBa#KsZvtS-IN2-bdzXk_tcXBhydJiKykhJ2vb5JKyJ7NEc)


Thread updated.

And updated.
Thanks as usual MoKiChU:D

87853

empleat
02-13-2021, 05:06 PM
Can we please get checksums? What would happen, if you installed corrupted driver from download error? I have too many problems lately, I am not in a mood for BSOD etc. I didn't see checksums on any driver site true. But exe usually have digital signature, which is verified by Windows and other file types don't!

MoKiChU
02-13-2021, 06:47 PM
Can we please get checksums? What would happen, if you installed corrupted driver from download error? I have too many problems lately, I am not in a mood for BSOD etc. I didn't see checksums on any driver site true. But exe usually have digital signature, which is verified by Windows and other file types don't!

Hi,

Everything I offer is compressed via 7-Zip as you can see, during compression, a CRC (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclic_redundancy_check) is integrated into the metadata, during decompression, a comparative CRC is performed, if there is a difference, 7-Zip warns you of data corruption. You can test your .7z files manually by right clicking > 7-Zip > Test archive.

Also, everything I offer is WHQL signed by Microsoft, if there is any bit of a difference with the originally WHQL signed content, it won't install.

Jesseinsf
02-13-2021, 10:09 PM
Can we please get checksums? What would happen, if you installed corrupted driver from download error? I have too many problems lately, I am not in a mood for BSOD etc. I didn't see checksums on any driver site true. But exe usually have digital signature, which is verified by Windows and other file types don't!
You could have expressed your concerns (which are valid) without whining about it.

empleat
02-15-2021, 02:36 AM
Ty Mokichu!


You could have expressed your concerns (which are valid) without whining about it.
This is already unprofessional, that we have to download drivers from forums. ASUS can't even update drivers on their website. Nice approach I wasn't whining at all. Are you some sensitive SJW? I simply asked... If there were proper drivers on ASUS website and documentation, I wouldn't have in the first place!

Jesseinsf
02-15-2021, 10:47 PM
Ty Mokichu!


This is already unprofessional, that we have to download drivers from forums. ASUS can't even update drivers on their website. Nice approach I wasn't whining at all. Are you some sensitive SJW? I simply asked... If there were proper drivers on ASUS website and documentation, I wouldn't have in the first place!
This happens with every hardware manufacturer. Its nothing new and there's nothing professional or unprofessional about it. Yes, we would like for things to just work, but in this fragmented PC industry, it's just not possible to expect that our PCs should just work when updating something. This is a risk we all take when updating anything.

That being said, it's also nice to know what Mokichu uses to package these updates and how we can check the integrity of the file to help deterring if there is any file corruption which Mokichu has provided. He has also stated that all drivers are signed by Microsoft as-well-as stating that there is installation protection when any irregularities are detected with the signed drivers.

geneo
02-15-2021, 11:46 PM
Ty Mokichu!


This is already unprofessional, that we have to download drivers from forums. ASUS can't even update drivers on their website. Nice approach I wasn't whining at all. Are you some sensitive SJW? I simply asked... If there were proper drivers on ASUS website and documentation, I wouldn't have in the first place!

These are often bleeding edge drivers, meaning not officially released by the manufacturer yet or tested by motherboard vendors. I would say greater than 95% of the time you really don't need nor will benefit from these updated drivers. Asus will usually publish a new driver if there is a specific reason, be it security or support for some feature. They are not being unprofessional - they are not releasing drivers that they have not tested for which there is little if no benefit for end users. These drivers posted here are provided as a convenience for you by MoKiChU if you are, like me, OCD.

It is whining when you are complaining about Asus not providing something that you don't really need and that you can get from elsewhere if you so desire. Would you have Asus divert effort from BIOS and Asus software development and testing in order to test every single third party drivers on their boards? Just get it from elsewhere.

EaglePC
03-02-2021, 10:22 PM
confused i know x299 is 200 series but the ahci is 300 series so for my asus strix gamer e board do I download Download - 3xx :
or 1xx/2xx link thanks

Jesseinsf
03-03-2021, 03:25 AM
confused i know x299 is 200 series but the ahci is 300 series so for my asus strix gamer e board do I download Download - 3xx :
or 1xx/2xx link thanks
If you have the ASUS ROG STRIX X299-E GAMING then choose X299. If it doesn't include a platform such as X299 then it is safe for all platforms. Chipset and MEI firmware is platform specific. MEI drivers are not platform specific. SATA/RAID driver for X299, you would choose 1XX/2XX.

EaglePC
03-03-2021, 04:35 AM
If you have the ASUS ROG STRIX X299-E GAMING then choose X299. If it doesn't include a platform such as X299 then it is safe for all platforms. Chipset and MEI firmware is platform specific. MEI drivers are not platform specific. SATA/RAID driver for X299, you would choose 1XX/2XX.

thanks :)

Cezarycezary777
03-16-2021, 08:12 PM
Hi MoKiChU.
Just one more question about SATA drivers. (Drivers - 2xx*/3xx*/4xx/5xx : 18.31.5.1038 WHQL [05/02/2021] ) which chipset does this drivers support, I mean 2xx series exactly? I have Z270 and X299. Thanks

SteverinoLA
03-16-2021, 10:48 PM
Hi,

Because the compatibility depends on the Hardware Id of your SATA controller.

The simplest method to adopt, is to install the drivers branch without asterisk for your chipset series (17.7), and to try to go up to the drivers branch above (17.9), if you can install it, try to go up to the drivers branch above (18.3x) and so on ...

Concrete example : the Hardware ID of my Z370 SATA AHCI controller is compatible with the 18.3x drivers branch while the Hardware ID of my friend Z390 SATA AHCI controller is not compatible.

Same for my Z390 Rog Strix. The v17 drivers work fine but not go on the v18. I didn't try actually installing them via the cmd, but unzipped and then tried updating via Browse for Updated Drivers. It said I already the best ones installed, ie. v17

Cezarycezary777
03-17-2021, 03:09 PM
Thanks MoKiChU. That's makes sense. I already have it installed 17.9.xxx I will try 18.3xxx.
Regards

piratino
03-20-2021, 06:32 PM
Hi,

Because the compatibility depends on the Hardware Id of your SATA controller.

The simplest method to adopt, is to install the drivers branch without asterisk for your chipset series (17.7), and to try to go up to the drivers branch above (17.9), if you can install it, try to go up to the drivers branch above (18.3x) and so on ...

Concrete example : the Hardware ID of my Z370 SATA AHCI controller is compatible with the 18.3x drivers branch while the Hardware ID of my friend Z390 SATA AHCI controller is not compatible.

Hello there and thank you very much for this new update.

Does this case of mine means that my controller is compatible? (see attached image)

Eventually, can I delete the old drivers? Drive Store Explorer didn't recognized any old drivers so in case I should select them manually.


Thank you very much!

MoKiChU
03-20-2021, 09:24 PM
Hello there and thank you very much for this new update.

Does this case of mine means that my controller is compatible? (see attached image)

Hi,

Yes, your SATA controller is compatible with 18.3x drivers branch.


Eventually, can I delete the old drivers? Drive Store Explorer didn't recognized any old drivers so in case I should select them manually.

Thank you very much!

Yes, you can.

However, I would like to draw everyone's attention to the fact that in a standard and most common configuration, only the SATA AHCI drivers need to be installed. SATA RAID drivers should only be installed if you have configured a RAID (RST Premium) in your BIOS (using Intel Optane or not) or for Intel NVMe SSD.

To avoid any risk of conflict, install only what you need. Here are the drivers you must use depending on the case :

- SATA HDD/SSHD/SSD in AHCI mode : You need Intel SATA AHCI drivers.
- SATA HDD/SSHD/SSD (with/without Intel Optane) in RAID/RST Premium mode : You need Intel SATA RAID/Optane drivers.
- Intel Optane or others Intel NVMe SSD : You need Intel SATA RAID/Optane drivers (used in NVMe mode).
- Samsung NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD : You need Samsung NVMe drivers : [DRIVERS] Samsung NVMe (https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?118057-DRIVERS-Samsung-NVMe).
- Samsung NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD & all others brands NVMe PCIe 3.0/4.0 SSD : You don't need any drivers, Microsoft NVMe built-in drivers will be used.

piratino
03-20-2021, 10:28 PM
Hi,

Yes, your SATA controller is compatible with 18.3x drivers branch.



Yes, you can.

However, I would like to draw everyone's attention to the fact that in a standard and most common configuration, only the SATA AHCI drivers need to be installed. SATA RAID drivers should only be installed if you have configured a RAID (RST Premium) in your BIOS (using Intel Optane or not) or for Intel NVMe SSD.

To avoid any risk of conflict, install only what you need. Here are the drivers you must use depending on the case :

- SATA HDD/SSHD/SSD in AHCI mode : You need Intel SATA AHCI drivers.
- SATA HDD/SSHD/SSD (with/without Intel Optane) in RAID/RST Premium mode : You need Intel SATA RAID/Optane drivers.
- Intel Optane or others Intel NVMe SSD : You need Intel SATA RAID/Optane drivers (used in NVMe mode).
- Samsung NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD : You need Samsung NVMe drivers : [DRIVERS] Samsung NVMe (https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?118057-DRIVERS-Samsung-NVMe).
- Samsung NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD & all others brands NVMe PCIe 3.0/4.0 SSD : You don't need any drivers, Microsoft NVMe built-in drivers will be used.

Thank you very much for your reply and thank you for the exhaustive explanation.

I have a following question regarding your instructions:

As I do not have any internal raid with NVMe or any kind of other raid inside my computer, can I simply remove both the SATA drivers up here that are shown as installed in my system?
In case, will Windows then substitute them with its internal standard SATA driver?
Will this be ok?

I have an Intel NVMe SSD as my C: drive with Windows on it, and I'm just getting now an extra NVMe from Seagate, model FireCuda 520 NVMe PCIe 4.0, or the FireCuda 510 NVMe PCIe 3.0, still deciding, to place it next to the Intel NVMe just for increasing my overall storage.
Should I install also the SATA driver as I have an Intel NVMe?
Buy what if I will go then for a PCIe 4.0 NVMe? As you mention, not one driver should be installed. What to do?


Thank you.

MoKiChU
03-21-2021, 12:29 PM
Thank you very much for your reply and thank you for the exhaustive explanation.

I have a following question regarding your instructions:

As I do not have any internal raid with NVMe or any kind of other raid inside my computer, can I simply remove both the SATA drivers up here that are shown as installed in my system?
In case, will Windows then substitute them with its internal standard SATA driver?
Will this be ok?

Hi,

Since you are not using your SATA controller at all, in order to save energy and relieve your system, you can disable your SATA Controller in your BIOS (Avanced > PCH Strorage Configuration > SATA Controller : Disabled then F10 to save & exit). I will tell you what drivers to install and what drivers to remove just below.


I have an Intel NVMe SSD as my C: drive with Windows on it, and I'm just getting now an extra NVMe from Seagate, model FireCuda 520 NVMe PCIe 4.0, or the FireCuda 510 NVMe PCIe 3.0, still deciding, to place it next to the Intel NVMe just for increasing my overall storage.
Should I install also the SATA driver as I have an Intel NVMe?
Buy what if I will go then for a PCIe 4.0 NVMe? As you mention, not one driver should be installed. What to do?


Thank you.

Once your SATA controller is disabled in your BIOS :

- Remove all versions of the SATA AHCI drivers (iaahcic.inf).
- Remove the old version from 17.9 drivers branch of the SATA RAID/Optane drivers (iastorac.inf).
- You still need the current version from 18.3x drivers branch of the SATA RAID/Optane drivers (iastorac.inf) used in NVMe mode for your Intel NVMe SSD.
- You don't need any others drivers for your Seagate FireCuda 510/520 NVMe SSD, Microsoft Standard NVMe built-in drivers will be used.

piratino
03-21-2021, 12:57 PM
Hi,

Since you are not using your SATA controller at all, in order to save energy and relieve your system, you can disable your SATA Controller in your BIOS (Avanced > PCH Strorage Configuration > SATA Controller : Disabled then F10 to save & exit). I will tell you what drivers to install and what drivers to remove just below.



Once your SATA controller is disabled in your BIOS :

- Remove all versions of the SATA AHCI drivers (iaahcic.inf).
- Remove the old version from 17.9 drivers branch of the SATA RAID/Optane drivers (iastorac.inf).
- You still need the current version from 18.3x drivers branch of the SATA RAID/Optane drivers (iastorac.inf) used in NVMe mode for your Intel NVMe SSD.
- You don't need any others drivers for your Seagate FireCuda 510/520 NVMe SSD, Microsoft Standard NVMe built-in drivers will be used.

Hello again and thank you.

This is very interesting. I have never though (and I bet a lot of other users as well) that if not using any RAID options with ssd/hdd drives inside the computer, the SATA controller should be/could be disabled in bios.
I have always though that it is still used by the hardware for correctly comunicate with all the drives, and (plus to that) it also has a RAID function, that can or cannot be used, as for user needs/personal preferences.

But let me understand this thing: if I disable the SATA controller, how does the ssd/hdd communicate with the other parts of the hardware? I supposte that the SATA controller, as I will disable it, it is only used for RAID functions and not any other vital functions for hardware communication between the drives and the motherboard/etc., right?
If so, motherboard producers do not explain this, as again I bet a lot of people just thinks that the SATA controlled should be kept on in the bios and install all its drivers.

Said so, I think it might be nice to add this in your first post, as for me for example, I'd like to install (and have things active in the bios) only if strictly necessary/if I use them.



Regarding the NVMe FireCuda 520 and 510, as they are respectfully PCI3 4.0 and 3.0, you say to use Microsoft's Windows built it drivers.
Just for personal knowledge, can you explain why for such evolute drives we shall use a standard driver?
Theoretically I would think that newer technologies might be better using the appropriate driver (like for example for the PCIe 3.0 Samsung drives that has dedicated drivers, as you also mention to use).


Ending this post, thank you for everything. I think that your answers might help a bunch of people, as drive's drivers are always that something I have personally experienced that people do not put too much effort in having them correctly installed.

MoKiChU
03-21-2021, 01:34 PM
Hello again and thank you.

This is very interesting. I have never though (and I bet a lot of other users as well) that if not using any RAID options with ssd/hdd drives inside the computer, the SATA controller should be/could be disabled in bios.
I have always though that it is still used by the hardware for correctly comunicate with all the drives, and (plus to that) it also has a RAID function, that can or cannot be used, as for user needs/personal preferences.

But let me understand this thing: if I disable the SATA controller, how does the ssd/hdd communicate with the other parts of the hardware? I supposte that the SATA controller, as I will disable it, it is only used for RAID functions and not any other vital functions for hardware communication between the drives and the motherboard/etc., right?
If so, motherboard producers do not explain this, as again I bet a lot of people just thinks that the SATA controlled should be kept on in the bios and install all its drivers.

Said so, I think it might be nice to add this in your first post, as for me for example, I'd like to install (and have things active in the bios) only if strictly necessary/if I use them.

If you are using one or more SATA HDD/SSHD/SSD in AHCI mode : You need to have your SATA controller active (AHCI mode).
If you are using one or more SATA HDD/SSHD/SSD in RAID/RST Premium mode (with/without Optane) : You need to have your SATA controller active (RAID mode).
If you use neither : You can disable your SATA controller.

So you can disable your SATA controller only if you only have NVMe SSDs (what is your case), and in this case, communication is done via PCIe lines (it is precisely the principle and the strength of NVMe compared to SATA).


Regarding the NVMe FireCuda 520 and 510, as they are respectfully PCI3 4.0 and 3.0, you say to use Microsoft's Windows built it drivers.
Just for personal knowledge, can you explain why for such evolute drives we shall use a standard driver?
Theoretically I would think that newer technologies might be better using the appropriate driver (like for example for the PCIe 3.0 Samsung drives that has dedicated drivers, as you also mention to use).

Ending this post, thank you for everything. I think that your answers might help a bunch of people, as drive's drivers are always that something I have personally experienced that people do not put too much effort in having them correctly installed.

Only Intel NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via SATA RAID drivers in NVMe mode) & Samsung NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via Samsung NVMe drivers) have drivers dedicated to its controller, most of all others NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs don't have drivers dedicated to its controller. To date, no NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD has drivers dedicated to its controller (even Samsung 980 PRO NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD don't have drivers dedicated to its controller), the drivers Microsoft Standard NVMe built-in drivers must be used.

piratino
03-21-2021, 06:20 PM
If you are using one or more SATA HDD/SSHD/SSD in AHCI mode : You need to have your SATA controller active (AHCI mode).
If you are using one or more SATA HDD/SSHD/SSD in RAID/RST Premium mode (with/without Optane) : You need to have your SATA controller active (RAID mode).
If you use neither : You can disable your SATA controller.

So you can disable your SATA controller only if you only have NVMe SSDs (what is your case), and in this case, communication is done via PCIe lines (it is precisely the principle and the strength of NVMe compared to SATA).



Only Intel NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via SATA RAID drivers in NVMe mode) & Samsung NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via Samsung NVMe drivers) have drivers dedicated to its controller, most of all others NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs don't have drivers dedicated to its controller. To date, no NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD has drivers dedicated to its controller (even Samsung 980 PRO NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD don't have drivers dedicated to its controller), the drivers Microsoft Standard NVMe built-in drivers must be used.

Thank you so much.

I have some doubts on which I'm using now. I have also some issues now in understanding what AHCI is and if I'm using it (or need it?!?).
I am not using any RAID, so if I have understood clearly, the SATA driver iaStorAC.inf is not needed in any case (mine and every other users) that does not use any RAID..correct?

I have an Intel NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD, but you say to disable the SATA controller and uninstall the SATA driver...but at the end you say that "Only Intel NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via SATA RAID drivers in NVMe mode) .... have drivers dedicated to its controller".
So what does this exactly means? Do I have to uninstall the drivers for SATA controller and install some dedicated Intel NVMe PCIe 3.0 drivers, or that in this case I have to use the SATA iaStorAC.inf driver?

Sorry for the confirmations I'm asking, but this thing it is absolutely not explained by the manufacturers.

Thanks!

piratino
03-21-2021, 07:39 PM
The answers to your questions are in my previous answers, I also told you in detail what to do in my previous answers ... Please read more carefully.

I'm sorry...I am asking further questions as I was not getting your answers as for me this is totally new and mind-blowing.

Let me be more specific:



If you are using one or more SATA HDD/SSHD/SSD in AHCI mode : You need to have your SATA controller active (AHCI mode).
If you are using one or more SATA HDD/SSHD/SSD in RAID/RST Premium mode (with/without Optane) : You need to have your SATA controller active (RAID mode).
If you use neither : You can disable your SATA controller.

So you can disable your SATA controller only if you only have NVMe SSDs (what is your case), and in this case, communication is done via PCIe lines (it is precisely the principle and the strength of NVMe compared to SATA).

In bios I have never disabled anything.

I do not use RAID or have any Optane drive installed, so the "iaStorAC.inf" driver is useless, right? Is this the exact reason why it should be uninstalled?

Regarding AHCI, why do I not use it? Is it because AHCI is useless when having NVMe drives as communication is done via PCIe lines? Is this the reason why "iaAHCIC.inf" should be uninstalled?

Summing up, having all NVMe drives and no RAID should imply that the SATA controller and AHCI can never be used and so disabled in bios and never install their drivers?


Regarding the other aspect fo your explanation here:


Only Intel NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via SATA RAID drivers in NVMe mode) & Samsung NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via Samsung NVMe drivers) have drivers dedicated to its controller, most of all others NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs don't have drivers dedicated to its controller. To date, no NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD has drivers dedicated to its controller (even Samsung 980 PRO NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD don't have drivers dedicated to its controller), the drivers Microsoft Standard NVMe built-in drivers must be used.

When you say "Only Intel NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via SATA RAID drivers in NVMe mode) & Samsung NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via Samsung NVMe drivers) have drivers dedicated to its controller" you specifically stand that extra dedicated drivers are needed only if using SATA RAID functionality with an Intel (or Samsung) PCIe 3.0 NVMe drive, as if using SATA RAID with PCIe 4.0 drives it can be used the standard Microsoft built-in driver, right?


I'm sorry but I shall need extra confirmation as I have several machines where I have NVMe drives with no RAID and keeping on installing SATA and AHCI drivers.
Thank you.

MoKiChU
03-22-2021, 08:07 PM
I do not use RAID or have any Optane drive installed, so the "iaStorAC.inf" driver is useless, right?

Is this the exact reason why it should be uninstalled?

Wrong, again, you haven't read carefully :



...
- Remove the old version from 17.9 drivers branch of the SATA RAID/Optane drivers (iastorac.inf).
- You still need the current version from 18.3x drivers branch of the SATA RAID/Optane drivers (iastorac.inf) used in NVMe mode for your Intel NVMe SSD.
...


Regarding AHCI, why do I not use it? Is it because AHCI is useless when having NVMe drives as communication is done via PCIe lines?

Correct.



Is this the reason why "iaAHCIC.inf" should be uninstalled?

Only if you disable your SATA controller :



Once your SATA controller is disabled in your BIOS :

- Remove all versions of the SATA AHCI drivers (iaahcic.inf).
You don't have to disable your SATA controller, it's just optimization, you can if you want leave your SATA controller active, even if you are not using it, and in this case you only need to remove the old version from 17.9 drivers branch of the SATA AHCI drivers (iaahcic.inf).



Summing up, having all NVMe drives and no RAID should imply that the SATA controller and AHCI can never be used and so disabled in bios

Correct.



and never install their drivers?

Correct but not in your case. I repeat that you still need "the SATA RAID/Optane drivers (iastorac.inf) used in NVMe mode for your Intel NVMe SSD".



Regarding the other aspect fo your explanation here :

When you say "Only Intel NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via SATA RAID drivers in NVMe mode) & Samsung NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via Samsung NVMe drivers) have drivers dedicated to its controller" you specifically stand that extra dedicated drivers are needed only if using SATA RAID functionality with an Intel (or Samsung) PCIe 3.0 NVMe drive, as if using SATA RAID with PCIe 4.0 drives it can be used the standard Microsoft built-in driver, right?

I'm sorry but I shall need extra confirmation as I have several machines where I have NVMe drives with no RAID and keeping on installing SATA and AHCI drivers.
Thank you.

Do not mix everything up, SATA RAID and NVMe have nothing to do (except in the specific case of an Intel Optane).

The thing that seems to mislead you and that you don't seem to understand is that Intel has decided not to create dedicated Intel NVMe drivers for its NVMe SSDs, and therefore SATA RAID Drivers = Intel NVMe Drivers (hence, "SATA RAID drivers in NVMe mode").

piratino
03-22-2021, 11:48 PM
Wrong, again, you haven't read carefully :






Correct.




Only if you disable your SATA controller :



You don't have to disable your SATA controller, it's just optimization, you can if you want leave your SATA controller active, even if you are not using it, and in this case you only need to remove the old version from 17.9 drivers branch of the SATA AHCI drivers (iaahcic.inf).




Correct.




Correct but not in your case. I repeat that you still need "the SATA RAID/Optane drivers (iastorac.inf) used in NVMe mode for your Intel NVMe SSD".




Do not mix everything up, SATA RAID and NVMe have nothing to do (except in the specific case of an Intel Optane).

The thing that seems to mislead you and that you don't seem to understand is that Intel has decided not to create dedicated Intel NVMe drivers for its NVMe SSDs, and therefore SATA RAID Drivers = Intel NVMe Drivers (hence, "SATA RAID drivers in NVMe mode").

Now it is perfectly clear. At the end you center the issue in my case, as I was indeed mislead about this SATA/Intel driver's thing.

For optimization I like my self to have active/installed only what is used. I'll try to disable the SATA controller and remove the SATA AHCI drivers (iaAHCIC.inf), and of course keep the SATA RAID/Optane drivers (iastorac.inf) as used by my Intel NVMe drive.

The curious thing is that I will keep a driver installed even if the intended hardware for which it should be installed is disabled (SATA controller), as it is used by another hardware (Intel NVMe drive).

Again, you are very nice and thank you so so much.

MoKiChU
03-24-2021, 04:08 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers - 1xx*/2xx/3xx : 17.9.5.1018 WHQL [10/11/2020]
Download - 1xx*/2xx/3xx : Link (https://mega.nz/file/0c9ilC6D#jnDDnX0WZPe2TpuHSjP9HiQXZnKiXxNTWMGwn_B4g fc)


* Only some chipsets from the series are supported.


Thread updated.

MoKiChU
03-25-2021, 05:49 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel MEI Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 2108.100.0.1053 WHQL [16/02/2021]


SoftwareComponent Drivers :

DAL SoftwareComponent Driver : 1.41.2021.121 WHQL [21/01/2021]
ICLS SoftwareComponent Driver : 1.62.321.1 WHQL [17/09/2020]
LMS SoftwareComponent Driver : 2109.0.52.0 WHQL [22/03/2021]


Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/UMUnwKKY#3UvIzhCuIZmhhgPP_geY3k3OF9VX24DcBlMlI7fJk zI)


Thread updated.

rgen44
03-26-2021, 10:57 AM
Hi everyone,

- Intel MEI Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 2108.100.0.1053 WHQL [16/02/2021]




Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/ZF1kxATa#7RT1ogudZVjNY9jPrEy39lT-C8S3TeJQHXIvkfubqEc)


Thread updated.

Also SATA drivers: Thank you @MoKiChU. STAY WELL!

Cliff S
03-27-2021, 11:31 AM
Hi everyone,

- Intel MEI Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 2108.100.0.1053 WHQL [16/02/2021]




Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/ZF1kxATa#7RT1ogudZVjNY9jPrEy39lT-C8S3TeJQHXIvkfubqEc)


Thread updated.
Thanks as usual MoKiChU:)
It is important to get the latest from MEI and ME firmware updates, as Intels CSME is an evil thing for the normal consumer(it's actually designed for company admins in mind) as it is a possible hacker attack vector. CSME attacks can even be done on PC's that are turned off.

piratino
03-27-2021, 07:32 PM
....


Quick question regarding SATA controller: in case of having a classic sata hdd attached to one of the sata connectors to the motherboard, placed as an extra storage next to the NVMe dedicated to Windows, would this hdd need to have the SATA controller active in bios so for it to regularly be seen by Windows at boot?

I haven't tried to disable the SATA controller in this machine to see if the hdd doesn't show up at boot, as I have some tasks on that disk ruining at startup that is a bit complicated to pause, so sorry for maybe asking a silly and rather easy question to check my self.

Thank you.

walishah3211
03-27-2021, 07:43 PM
is chipset are important to install driver if we are using gpu on that mobo

piratino
03-28-2021, 01:02 AM
Hi,

If an SATA HDD is used, of course, SATA controller must keeped enabled (and therefore the SATA AHCI drivers is needed).



Thank you for the confirmation!!!

MoKiChU
03-31-2021, 09:23 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers - 1xx : 17.7.1.1010 WHQL [02/03/2021]
Download - 1xx : Link (https://mega.nz/file/VN01WQBI#Ui02OT-BTb32O8SyAaR4ZCXOzfLTk87typdzIyiaHmU)


Thread updated.

MoKiChU
04-01-2021, 06:29 AM
Hi everyone,

- Intel Chipset Drivers :

Package : 10.1.18716.8265 WHQL [30/03/2021]
Download : Link (https://mega.nz/file/UU8yETBK#RWV7q-D0MFfiqO4akZfFWTPYWpK96qEUaqVY2vaNIQM)


Thread updated.

D3SOL4TE
04-01-2021, 09:36 AM
Hi MoKiChU

Sorry for what might be an obvious question but regarding the Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers is it only the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver Software that's not included when compared to the download available from Asus here (https://www.asus.com/uk/supportonly/ROG%20MAXIMUS%20X%20HERO/HelpDesk_Download/)?

zocker
04-02-2021, 08:12 PM
TurboV Core 1.10.07 says "Please install Intel MEI Driver from ASUS Support CD."
And sometimes AISuite3 says too that the MEI Driver is not installed.
I have Windows reinstalled and same "Error" but System runs fine.
And why is a 1# after the Intel MEI Driver?!
I tried different Versions but all the same.
https://abload.de/thumb/2021-04-0222_11_16-zo37kmp.png (https://abload.de/image.php?img=2021-04-0222_11_16-zo37kmp.png)

The FW is Unknown

https://abload.de/thumb/2021-04-0222_13_49-ei16j36.png (https://abload.de/image.php?img=2021-04-0222_13_49-ei16j36.png)

I have flashed the latest FW from here.
https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?117768-FIRMWARE-Intel-ME-(Z490)

MoKiChU
04-03-2021, 07:44 PM
Hi MoKiChU

Sorry for what might be an obvious question but regarding the Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers is it only the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver Software that's not included when compared to the download available from Asus here (https://www.asus.com/uk/supportonly/ROG%20MAXIMUS%20X%20HERO/HelpDesk_Download/)?

Hi,

Correct : Drivers Only (as indicated in the title of the drivers) vs Drivers & Software.


TurboV Core 1.10.07 says "Please install Intel MEI Driver from ASUS Support CD."
And sometimes AISuite3 says too that the MEI Driver is not installed.
I have Windows reinstalled and same "Error" but System runs fine.
And why is a 1# after the Intel MEI Driver?!
I tried different Versions but all the same.

The FW is Unknown

I have flashed the latest FW from here.
https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?117768-FIRMWARE-Intel-ME-(Z490)

Hi,

Everything you show us is normal ("#1 at then end of the Device Name of the Intel MEI, "Unknown" in Date and Manufacturer in firmware tab of Intel MEI driver proprieties).

Regarding the error messages of the 2 ASUS tools that you quote, it is probably that they do not recognize the new Intel MEI drivers or that they want to see a specific version of drivers.

So you have the choice :


- Either you install the Intel MEI drivers from your motherboard support page, and if the issue persists, contact ASUS.
- Either ignore these error messages until new versions of these ASUS apps are released (taking into account the most recent Intel MEI drivers), if necessary contact ASUS so that they update/fix their apps.

D3SOL4TE
04-04-2021, 12:44 PM
Thanks MoKiChU.

zocker
04-05-2021, 07:13 PM
So you have the choice :


- Either you install the Intel MEI drivers from your motherboard support page, and if the issue persists, contact ASUS.
- Either ignore these error messages until new versions of these ASUS apps are released (taking into account the most recent Intel MEI drivers), if necessary contact ASUS so that they update/fix their apps.

Thanks, i will contact ASUS.

zocker
04-07-2021, 01:17 PM
LOL https://downloadcenter.intel.com/de/product/67496
The ASUS "Supreme Support" anwered me with this Link! ;)
2 Years old driver and that isnt for my Chipset!
Thank You ASUS again for your great Support! :D

They should change they Company with Bots that are competent.

DmitriyS
04-09-2021, 09:09 PM
Hi MoKiChU, thx for driver updates..

MoKiChU
04-13-2021, 04:49 PM
- Intel MEI Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers : 2108.100.0.1053 WHQL [16/02/2021]

Hi everyone,

The LMS SoftwareComponent Driver have been updated.


Thread, post & drivers package updated.

DmitriyS
04-14-2021, 07:34 AM
Hi MoKiChU, thx for driver updates..

MoKiChU
04-14-2021, 10:40 AM
Hi everyone,

- Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers - 2xx*/3xx*/4xx/5xx : 18.32.0.1006 WHQL [18/02/2021]
Download - 2xx*/3xx*/4xx/5xx : Link (https://mega.nz/file/4Us2lKAA#1XC1ieSApXQ7nhY84jGqMXomCJVtiGPHbuCtI3jKf Go)


* Only some chipsets from the series are supported.


Thread updated.

ThomasRhin
04-14-2021, 04:41 PM
Hi everyone,

- Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers (Drivers Only) :

Drivers - 2xx*/3xx*/4xx/5xx : 18.32.0.1006 WHQL [18/02/2021]
Download - 2xx*/3xx*/4xx/5xx : Link (https://mega.nz/file/4Us2lKAA#1XC1ieSApXQ7nhY84jGqMXomCJVtiGPHbuCtI3jKf Go)


* Only some chipsets from the series are supported.


Thread updated.

Thank you for updating. I used to install the chipset driver by just double clicking the exe file and find that it usually installs nothing cuz windows has its own built-in driver to recognize the onboard components. Is it a good idea to add the suffix of "overall" to execute the installation in the command prompt method ? For example "SetupChipset.exe -overall".

MoKiChU
04-14-2021, 05:15 PM
Thank you for updating. I used to install the chipset driver by just double clicking the exe file and find that it usually installs nothing cuz windows has its own built-in driver to recognize the onboard components. Is it a good idea to add the suffix of "overall" to execute the installation in the command prompt method ? For example "SetupChipset.exe -overall".

Hi,

I don't recommend using the -overall suffix, this will install all the Intel Chipset Drivers, even those that are not necessary for your hardware, and in the worst case generate conflicts.

Note @ Everyone : Either you are using the Intel Chipset Drivers package installer, either you are using the Intel Chipset Drivers from Windows Update (in Optional Updates), but don't mix both.