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Old 06-15-2012, 09:27 AM
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Default Firmware update worked OK on AMD 850 rig.


Force 3 120 GB, ver 1.3 -> ver 5.02 worked OK on Win7 32 bit with AMD 850 chipset, tho mobo is an Asus M4A89GTD Pro USB 3.

1: Logged in as Administrator
2: Device Manager: Uninstalled AMD Sata drivers 4-5 times,
deleted drivers, restart until I got:

Driver date: 21.6.2006
Driver version: 6.1.7601.17514
Digital signer: Microsoft Windows.

Then I started the update program, right click, Run as Administrator,
I followed the instructions included as pdf,
and 10 seconds later the firmware was of version 5.02.
The update did NOT work with AMD drivers as pointed out on the forum.
Point 2: above is VERY IMPORTANT.

Performance is as stated, 550 MB/s. I will not install the AMD drivers again,
"if it works, don't repair".
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:51 AM
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Its failing to update with a properly configured PC and different chipsets for me, marvelle/intel sata2/3 ports tried. Seems that the files from 1.3.3 differ in size despite they should be the same excluding the 5.02 file of which are not the same files. I dont get why the previous revisions are different... look at the file sizes from 1.3.3 and then compare the last 2 files for the Force 3 GT 120gb with the 5.02 download. They should be the same files as thats suppose to be 1.3.3/1.3.2 correct? It shows it flashes successfully but no flash really occurs. I even updated the mobo bios to latest to resolve some other hardware issues of which made no difference and tried with and without the latest intel drivers.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Yellowbeard View Post
Please read the information we have already provided before posting questions. They have likely already been answered.
Hi Yellowbeard,

sorry, I posted in a hurry without carefully reading the tips before.

Here is what I did:
  1. Updated motherboard BIOS to the latest version
  2. Loaded BIOS default factory settings
  3. Booted Parted Magic, performed Secure Erase of the SSD (Force GT, updated to firmware 5.02)
  4. Re-installed Windows 7 (Ultimate x64) from scratch

Everything went fine, until I decided to install the latest version ( of the Intel AHCI driver (Rapid Storage Technology). After installing this driver, I experienced lots of freezes and BSODs. The system was so unstable that I could not even make it run long enough to *uninstall this damned Intel driver*.

I had no other choice than re-install Windows again. To be sure, I performed another Secure Erase before reinstalling again.

Now I'm stuck with the Microsoft generic AHCI driver. I don't see visible performance differences compared to the Intel driver, but the conclusion I've drawn so far is that *in my case* the Force GT and the Intel RST Driver can't live together.

I don't know if others experienced the same issues.

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