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    Default Z77 Pro4-M - new INF driver update?

    Finished my new build about a 10 days ago and I installed the Intel INF (chipset) driver V. 9.3.0.1019 which was the latest one listed on the ASRock website. Everything is working fine with the system.

    On the ASRock website for this motherboard there is a new version of the INF driver, V. 9.30.0.1025, which was dated 11/01/12. Does anyone have any information on what this new version is for and what issues it might address? The old saw, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" always come to mind when I'm looking at driver updates.

    Looking for recommendations on whether to install this chipset driver update or not and as always TIA.
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    Default Re: Z77 Pro4-M - new INF driver update?

    Really HCR, not again... Ok you know I'm joking!

    Already been there, with '1025, and guess, what, it won't install at all! Or at least with Windows 7. Someone posted a thread about it a few days ago, and said it would not install in Windows 7. I tried it with the same result, it will not install. So at least no harm done trying to install it, but it is a mistake to include it, if it will not install with a fresh Windows 7 installation. That is actually not a good thing...

    If you check, now that Windows 8 drivers are listed for our boards, that 9.3.0.1025 is the INF installer for Windows 8. ASR must have just put them in the Windows 7 list too, but didn't try them with '7? All that I can figure.

    But HCR, didn't you notice that there is a new version of IME listed as well? I know that's your favorite... Or maybe you're doing what I did, completely ignore it.

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    Default Re: Z77 Pro4-M - new INF driver update?

    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    Really HCR, not again... Ok you know I'm joking!

    Already been there, with '1025, and guess, what, it won't install at all! Or at least with Windows 7. Someone posted a thread about it a few days ago, and said it would not install in Windows 7. I tried it with the same result, it will not install. So at least no harm done trying to install it, but it is a mistake to include it, if it will not install with a fresh Windows 7 installation. That is actually not a good thing...

    If you check, now that Windows 8 drivers are listed for our boards, that 9.3.0.1025 is the INF installer for Windows 8. ASR must have just put them in the Windows 7 list too, but didn't try them with '7? All that I can figure.

    But HCR, didn't you notice that there is a new version of IME listed as well? I know that's your favorite... Or maybe you're doing what I did, completely ignore it.
    Yo, parsec. You're not rid of me yet! Thanks for that info. I have downloaded it, along with the Realtek HD Audio (which I did install) and the VGA update (not installed). I think that I'll just leave things as they are. I did see the IME update and like you, just ignored it. The update has also re-appeared in Windows Update (optional) again and will just sit there until I see any valid reason to install it.
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    Default Re: Z77 Pro4-M - new INF driver update?

    Oh, I'm not worried about you being around at all. What is important is that you are confident enough to use you own discretion about these updates. But always pay attention to the chatter about them, occasionally they are important to have.

    The only update of any kind I've ever seen that was really good to have was for the Crucial m4 SSD. That was their 0009 firmware update. It made the m4 into a new drive, truly faster in all aspects. It was the kind of update that enthusiasts hope and dream for, but very, very rarely happen. I'm sure some users can point out other significant updates, but I think they'll agree they are not at all common.

    There have been a few major bug fix updates for some products, but I've never seen a BIOS update that changed a board's performance so much for the better. Same thing with most drivers, except for bug fixes, which are important, I've never seen big performance changes.

    Actually, the firmware updates for the m4 tell an important story, IMO. The 0009 update was a gift. Then they found a weird bug that was fixed in firmware 0309, which was needed for all m4s. From there, things got worse IMO. The 000F update was buggy for some users, and really only meant for users with very specific hardware (SAS cards.) Owners still applied it hoping for more 0009, but that did not happen. Now they have 010G, an update for Windows 8, and owners are having issues with disappearing SSDs after applying it. Me, I have 0309 on my m4s, and have no urge or need to change.

    Therein lies the problem, people think that new is always better, but it isn't. We can see that with the Sandy Bridge CPU mother boards, with the Intel 6 series chipsets, that can be used with Ivy Bridge CPUs, with a BIOS/UEFI update. If you apply that update, and you still use a SB CPU, you have problems, as we have seen posts about in this forum.

    My advice, wait a while when new... whatever is released, and see how it goes for others. Hmm, reminds me of something, now what was that...

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    Default Re: Z77 Pro4-M - new INF driver update?

    Good advice, as usual. Now, as to what you were thinking about....I bet it's initials begin with IME FW Recovery Agent.

    On anothr topic, how's the xfastRAM thingie working for you? I'm going to install it tomorrow and set it up pretty much the way you did, 4 GB with 2 GB being used for pagefile. Anything to look out for?
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    Default Re: Z77 Pro4-M - new INF driver update?

    Actually, I have the XFast RAM drive running on two PCs, both the same way, 4GB in size, for the pagefile and temporary files.

    I haven't had the slightest glitch with them, they just work. I shutdown and Sleep the PCs, pull the plug and work on them, remove and add "real" drives, clear the BIOS/UEFI, plug them back in and fire them up, and the RAM drive is there, with the pagefile on it. I must say that I have never backed them up, as I have no need for that with my usage, so I can't say how good that works. Otherwise, they work perfectly for me, set and forget.

    If you changed or removed some of your memory, I don't know what the reaction would be, but I would not expect this program to cover every possibility. It might just not create it if it can't for some reason.

    I did seem to have a problem with FireFox when I used the RAM Disk for its cache, FireFox would crash. When I took the FF cache off the RAM Disk, no more crashes. When FF crashes, you get a dialog box telling you it crashed, and to restart or close it. No other disasters, except you lose your sessions, if that bothers you. The restart brings them all back, but you might lose what you entered on a screen, etc.

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    Default Re: Z77 Pro4-M - new INF driver update?

    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    Actually, I have the XFast RAM drive running on two PCs, both the same way, 4GB in size, for the pagefile and temporary files.

    I haven't had the slightest glitch with them, they just work. I shutdown and Sleep the PCs, pull the plug and work on them, remove and add "real" drives, clear the BIOS/UEFI, plug them back in and fire them up, and the RAM drive is there, with the pagefile on it. I must say that I have never backed them up, as I have no need for that with my usage, so I can't say how good that works. Otherwise, they work perfectly for me, set and forget.

    If you changed or removed some of your memory, I don't know what the reaction would be, but I would not expect this program to cover every possibility. It might just not create it if it can't for some reason.

    I did seem to have a problem with FireFox when I used the RAM Disk for its cache, FireFox would crash. When I took the FF cache off the RAM Disk, no more crashes. When FF crashes, you get a dialog box telling you it crashed, and to restart or close it. No other disasters, except you lose your sessions, if that bothers you. The restart brings them all back, but you might lose what you entered on a screen, etc.
    Hope this isn't straying too far off the original posted topic, if so I apologize. I've set up the xFastRAM drive @ 3 GB, added pagefile, system and user temp files, IE and FF cache. Here's what the drive looks like. The utility does automatically use 1/2 the of the drive size for page file. No way (that I can see) of changing that. I had tried to change it using Advanced System Properties>Performance>Virtual Memory but it just defaults back to 1/2 the size. No big deal I guess.





    Did notice that the RAM drive use does seem to have some oddities. For instance trying to insert an image here and using the "Retrieve remote file and reference locally" option produces the following error message. Have to de-select that option for it to work.

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    Default Re: Z77 Pro4-M - new INF driver update?

    Using the custom size option, you enter the sizes that you want and then click Set when you're done and and then click OK.
    You will need to reboot for the new pagefile settings to take effect.
    In my excruciatingly detailed tutorial, I said to always uncheck the "Retrieve remote file and reference locally" option for each picture that you want to include.
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    Default Re: Z77 Pro4-M - new INF driver update?

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    Using the custom size option, you enter the sizes that you want and then click Set when you're done and and then click OK.
    You will need to reboot for the new pagefile settings to take effect.
    In my excruciatingly detailed tutorial, I said to always uncheck the "Retrieve remote file and reference locally" option for each picture that you want to include.
    Actually profJim I did do that. I set in 512 MB as the minimum and 1024 MB as the maximum, clicked on Set, OK and rebooted. The settings had defaulted back to exactly 1/2 of the RAM drive's size. Probably has something to do with how xFastRAM sets up the RAM drive?

    Sorry that I didn't read your excruciatingly detailed tutorial. Will make a point to do so. I still think it might possibly have something to do with the xFastRAM utility having moved the temp files to the RAM drive.
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    Default Re: Z77 Pro4-M - new INF driver update?

    Honestly that makes absolutely no sense to me. Swap RAM to RAM?!?! Why on earth would you ever want to do that? If you have the RAM you don't need to swap... if you don't have the RAM, no RAM to swap to...
    Unless the RAM drive pre-allocates the memory, even if it's not being used. but in that case, swapping out RAM to RAM would produce page faults and would REDUCE overall system performance.

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