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Thread: ASmedia USB 3.0 controller (ASM1042) on the Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3




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    Default ASmedia USB 3.0 controller (ASM1042) on the Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3

    I updated the driver and firmware for the integrated ASmedia USB 3.0 controller on the ASrock Z68 Extreme 78 Gen 3 board. The result was not very good. The driver update works with the USB 3.0 external HDD I use (WD Passport 1TB) but the firmware update (xHCI_v110914_00_02_51.bin) causes the USB transfer to stall after a short while. After about 30 seconds I get a messege the destination file does not exist.

    I though I would just pass this along, if anyone else tends to upgrade to this firmware. I downgraded the firmware to 0315_123.bin and everything works ok again. The driver update itself works though (1.14.3)
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    Default Re: ASmedia USB 3.0 controller (ASM1042) on the Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3

    The fine print in the readme for the firmware update to the controller that is hosted at station-drivers indicated that it was keyed into an ASUS board and an ASUS UEFI and in all liklihood is UEFI dependent, and thus probably why the firmware update caused issues since the ASRock UEFI provides support for the original chipset’s firmware. However the driver update to version 1.14.2.0 released/dated 11-18-11 as hosted at station-drivers from the original 1.10.1.0 version posted at ASRock for d/l as well as on the boards CD. works just fine... As does updating to the ASMedia SATA-3 drivers to version 1.3.1.000 released/dated 10-17-11 from the original 1.2.2 version. I also updated the BroadCom LAN drivers to the newer version and of course the Intel drivers to their latest versions...flawlessly I might add

    What was your source for the 1.14.3 version?



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    Default Re: ASmedia USB 3.0 controller (ASM1042) on the Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3

    Hi.

    You could have a point about the involvment of the Asusboard. There is a folder named Asus in the package. The source for the files I used was http://www.station-drivers.com/page/asmedia.htm
    I am wondering what is the latest driver and firmware for the USB 3.0 controller that is tested OK with this ASRock board? I suppose ASRock themselves must do some testing for these things?
    Do you know what the original firmware and driver is for the controller. The one it shipped with?
    CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K@4.2Ghz RAM: 16Gb Corsair Vengeance LP 1600Mhz GPU: MSI Lightning GTX580 3Gb Extreme Edition (SLI)@stock MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 GEN 3 (1.30)
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    Default Re: ASmedia USB 3.0 controller (ASM1042) on the Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3

    I would exercise caution in d/l-ing and installing any updates then whats listed specifically for the ASRock Extreme 7 Gen 3 board from station-drivers. Since the latest ASMedia USB 3.0 version 1.14.2 is specifically listed for this board and not the 1.14.3. ASMedia makes several different chipset revisions and the 1.14.3 driver package that you installed may not necessarily apply for the revison of the chipset that was actually installed on the ASRock board. It may indeed be more for the chipset revsion that most likely was installed/used on ASUS boards esp since the ReadMe spells out ASUS...

    As far as what the ASMedia USB 3.0 actual chipset version that was installed I think it's stamped on the part on the board. The actual firmware that it was flashed with I imagine is "propriety" and something that is probably uncoverable if you know of what specific software will decode what appears to be an encypted UEFI since I tried several programmining applications to read the text, but was unable to decode it in any readable format...

    The original drivers are still up at the ASRock page as well as what's on the mobo CD

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