Up to now, I’ve put in Win 10 Professional, regardless of an activation glitch that was fastened by the software program vender (on a weekend, no much less!). So I began making an attempt to put in the Win 10 64-bit drivers, and everyone knows — you all the time begin with the chipset drivers. On this case, it’s known as the “Intel Administration Engine”, and there may be an replace utility which additionally updates the motherboard firmware. Apparently, or so I’ve gleaned, the firmware must be up to date in order that the ME will be up to date. Right here, I encountered an impediment, message screens suggesting BIOS replace, or “won’t run on this platform”, or “set up failed” and so on.
From the ASUS ROG group and different sources (significantly ROG, although), I’ve realized that this isn’t an unusual drawback that goes again to the Z97 chipset, and arises with later fashions that embody my Z170, probably later fashions — most definitely as nicely, the Z390.
An “knowledgeable” at ROG posted an updater for the firmware. The net-site the place it is posted is commonly utilized by ROG members, and I by no means found any “infections” coming from it, nor was ever warned by my software program that it was unsafe. I’ve downloaded the zip file the poster made accessible. Individuals have been roundly thanking him profusely.
If there are any such Anandtech members right here who’ve encountered this drawback, I would like to listen to from them and the way they resolved it. As I stated, it spans a number of ASUS chipsets and board generations. I would actually like to achieve extra perception earlier than I proceed with the ROG repair.
I attempted to contact ASUS and register my board. The board appeared new, with a BIOS dated 2015. It got here in a bundle with (what gave the impression to be ) a brand new Skylake 6700 processor and 8GB of RAM. I would purchased it off EBay. Maybe it had been used, however not a lot with a BIOS that outdated. I used to be capable of replace the BIOS to the newest 2019 model (3609 ?), and the replace was profitable. However I could not register the board at ASUS. I bought the serial quantity from HWInfo64; ASUS’ registration web page then reveals the right board mannequin as soon as the serial quantity has been entered, but it surely tells me “incorrect serial quantity”. Due to this fact, I am unable to even put up a ticket to ask ASUS a query. After all, the board is probably going out of guarantee for its age. However you’d assume they may simply reply a pair questions towards getting the firmware and chipset driver up to date. In any other case — right here I’m — I’ve at the very least one good “lead” from ROG, and I am relying on the thin I get from tech-communities like Anandtech.
So any and all takers inspired to put up responses to this.