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    Default Intel ME Firmware

    Hello all.

    Just a quick question.
    I have z68 pro3 gen3 and I was wondering if there is a way for me to check what Intel ME firmware my motherboard currently have.

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Intel ME Firmware

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    Default Re: Intel ME Firmware

    Good question.

    The best I can say is, found on my Z77 mother board, start Device Manager and expand System devices. I have an entry for Intel 82802 Firmware Hub Device. Open its properties, and click the Details tab. Scroll through the entries and find Driver assembly version (although their is no driver listed in the Driver tab.)

    I have 6.1.7601.17514.

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    Thank you to both of you!

    I feel ignorant that I couldn't figure out parsec 's way of doing it.
    I also tried to use cmd line, "MEInfoWin64" as Acebmxer have directed me to but it somehow doesn't work on my machine.
    Is it like plugin or whatever it is called that I need to download?
    Anyways Thanks a lot

    By the way, I have exact same spec as yours parsec, are you using Sandy Bridge on your system? cos I thought you need version 8 to use Ivy Bridge.

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    Everything is in download I posted. Just copy MEInfowin64 and the 2 dll files along with FWUpdLcl64 and the bin file to your root directory of C:\. Run a command prompt with admin privilege.
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    Default Re: Intel ME Firmware

    I'm using an Ivy Bridge i5-3570K on the PC that I took that version number from, although I can tell you it works fine with a i7-2600K.

    IMO, there are a couple of confusing uses of terminology here, and in what you actually want to know, instead of what Acebmxer and I are telling you so far.

    Back to IME. Is it firmware, or a driver, or software, or what? All of those things combined into one bundle, for multiple purposes. Individual parts are not available, if one is firmware, IME is a package deal to the PC user.

    But don't you just want to know which version of IME you currently have, and need for your hardware? If so, be prepared to feel ignorant again, check Programs and Features in Control Panel, and look for Intel Management Engine Components. I have 8.1.0.1252.

    IME is more chipset oriented than CPU oriented, since multiple CPUs work with a specific chipset. For your Z68, Intel lists 8.1.0.1248 for their own Z68 chipset boards.

    Your boards download page has IME 8.0.2.1410, for Ivy Bridge CPUs.

    Or have I completely misunderstood you.

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    Thanks for the reply again

    Acebmxer, so those files were under Tools -> System Tools -> MEInfo -> Windows64. Thank you so much. Now I can get the proper info. I should have looked into folders more thoroughly or at least I should have used search function.

    parsec, what I wanted to know was the actual firmware because when I was updating my BIOS firmware from 1.20 to 2.30, I accidentally pulled out my USB without knowing there was second one and I suppose IME firmware did not get overwritten properly because at that time I had trouble booting into the PC (it took more than 2 minutes to get past POST). I have tried to update the firmware again but this did not help. Hence, even though Asrock told us not to downgrade the firmware, I gave it a try, and it somehow worked (partially) with the error saying missing firmware and HECI pointer mispatch. This bothered me so much, so I did the 2.30 update again but same story, POST took more than 2 minutes, so I reverted back to 1.20 and I have been using broken 1.20 for like 6 months? and the day I made this thread I was bored so I just did 2.30 update again (for fun) and now I get no such problem whatsoever, computer gets past POST flawlessly - this sure surprised me. If you know what could have fixed my problem, please enlighten me. Or who knows if the problem still persists :( but so far so good.

    By the way, MEInfoWin64 tells me that my IME firmware version is 8.0.2.1410, so I guess IME firmware did get overwritten properly this time (hopefully).

    Once again, thank you very much, you guys are awesome
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    Default Re: Intel ME Firmware

    Hello all.

    I got few more questions regarding Intel ME firmware.

    Even though, I have mentioned that Intel ME firmware has been overwritten properly, is there a way for me to verify this?
    I know that it is reporting 8.0.2.1410 but it seems like I am still stuck with version 7 because I am having POST problem again.
    So, I was wondering if there is a way for me to flash Intel ME firmware only.
    Do Intel ME firmware update has to be bound to the BIOS update? If so, why is that?.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Intel ME Firmware

    I have been digging some stuff out, and I just found out that it is possible to do standalone Intel me firmware update.
    I have new question. Is it possible to downgrade intel me firmware?
    I could only find one post on the internet that it's one way procedure such that you can't downgrade intel firmware.
    However, the post is 3 years old and I am wondering if this is still the case.

    Once again, thanks a lot and I look forward to reply

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    Default Re: Intel ME Firmware

    I've never tried changing to an earlier version of IME, but if you can find an earlier installation program, try running it. You can change to an earlier version of IRST, for example, which detects the earlier version and asks you if you want to change.

    What POST problem do you have related to IME? The only IME updates that are related to a BIOS update are for the Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge CPU compatibility updates.

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