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T61 - AHCI SATA Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver and windows 7 update

2014-08-03, 1:54 AM

Hello all.

 

I'm having an issue with the Intel Matrix Storage Mananger driver (v8.9.2.1002) and windows 7 updates. I've spent quite some time looking around the net about this issue. 

 

Thinkpad T61 widescreen intel grapics.

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

HDD: 5400rpm 2.5" SATA 1TB (ST1000LM024-HN-M101MBB - Samsung SpinPoint M8)

 

I've broken down the issue to two things... 

 

The size of my HDD (1 TB) and these newer drives using 4mb sectors or something instead of 512kb one person mentioned (if you can confirm this please do so). Which this intel matrix storage driver doesn't like apparently, so this conflicts with Windows update effectively breaking it. My current solution was to use the generic windows ACHI driver, which allows windows update to function normally.

 

I've read in places that the solution for them was to update their driver to Intel's newer RST. But for this model laptop (T61) there doesn't appear to be a version available that supports this chipset (intel ICH8M). The latest verion that supports it from intel's website has the same issue (v8.9.0.1023)

 

So my question would be two things...

 

Is there a performance or stability concern with using the standard windows driver? Is this intel driver "faster/better".? Because "if" the standard windows driver performs just as well then my problem is solved.*

 

*I've noticed small high pitched sounds from the HDD off and on. Less so with the Intel driver installed it seems. (although it could just be me or the HDD itself, but this could be a side issue. The HDD is pretty new.) Although it would be worth noting that I did make a switch from Compatability mode to AHCI mode after the windows install. Which prompted the install of the intel matrix driver. (All in the name of better performance or stablity)

 

Is there a fix or a suitable driver available to fix this issue? I've tried other work arounds besides the driver itself to get windows update working but the only way I've been able to fix windows update was to roll back to the standard driver. period. 

 

If there isn't a fix available or a suitable driver release if anyone has any driver modding knowledge or knows what to do instead I'm all ears. I've contemplated the idea of installing all my windows updates and then reinstalling the intel driver afterwards but that doesn't seem like a stable solution.

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Re: T61 - AHCI SATA Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver and windows 7 update

2014-08-07, 14:01 PM

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*BUMP

 

Does anyone have any idea about what I'm talking about?

 

Perhaps the standard driver is just fine. Link. But for those using SSD's might have problems. eh?


FWIW...I use the driver provided by Windows 7 in all of my T61/p units, Middleton's BIOS, no issues whatsoever. All of these laptops are equipped with various SSDs.

 

T61/p are great machines but quite old by PC standards and I honestly don't see what Intel's "latest & greatest" driver could meaningfully improve.

 

My $0.02 only...

Cheers,

George




In daily use: R60F, R500F, T61, T410

Collecting dust: T60

Enjoying retirement: A31p, T42p,

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Re: T61 - AHCI SATA Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver and windows 7 update

2014-08-07, 3:05 AM

*BUMP

 

Does anyone have any idea about what I'm talking about?

 

Perhaps the standard driver is just fine. Link. But for those using SSD's might have problems. eh?

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Re: T61 - AHCI SATA Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver and windows 7 update

2014-08-07, 14:01 PM

wrote:

*BUMP

 

Does anyone have any idea about what I'm talking about?

 

Perhaps the standard driver is just fine. Link. But for those using SSD's might have problems. eh?


FWIW...I use the driver provided by Windows 7 in all of my T61/p units, Middleton's BIOS, no issues whatsoever. All of these laptops are equipped with various SSDs.

 

T61/p are great machines but quite old by PC standards and I honestly don't see what Intel's "latest & greatest" driver could meaningfully improve.

 

My $0.02 only...

Cheers,

George




In daily use: R60F, R500F, T61, T410

Collecting dust: T60

Enjoying retirement: A31p, T42p,

Non-ThinkPads: Panasonic CF-31 & CF-52, HP 8760W




Starting Thursday, 08/14/2014 I'll be away from the forums until further notice. Please do NOT send private messages since I won't be able to read them. Thank you.
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Re: T61 - AHCI SATA Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver and windows 7 update

2014-08-08, 1:52 AM

Ok that works for me. Although it would be interesting to know if this "windows update breakage" happens on other systems with larger or smaller HDD's as a result of the driver. Perhaps a note in the readme for a known issue*? 

 

Well just in case anyone else mistakenly installs this driver and then can't use windows update will know why. Thanks for the 2 cents. 

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Re: T61 - AHCI SATA Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver and windows 7 update

2014-10-15, 6:56 AM

I'v hade the exact same problem. 

Installing "Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver for windows 7 64-bit" from Lenovo Update permanently knocked out Windows Update (I've tried it on a T61 and a T61p, whit two different 750 MB HDD).

It's beneath contempt that Lenovo doesn't inform its users about this issue. It could be done it a couple of minutes. And save hundreds and thousands of hours for users around the world.

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Re: T61 - AHCI SATA Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver and windows 7 update

2014-11-08, 20:12 PM

Intel renamed the new drivers for your AF HDD. They are now Rapid Storage technology (RFT), not Matrix.

If I am correct (an I have been through the same problem) you should look for: STOR_ALL32_F6FLPY_9.6.0.1014_PV.ZIP or STOR_ALL64_F6FLPY_9.6.0.1014_PV.ZIP, depending on you using 32 or 64 bits, at the Intel site. Must keep in mind that the controllers are different in TP60 and TP61, but this driver will work with booth 

TP61 - ICH8M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller
TP60 - ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller

Good luck.

 

 

Rolando E Creagh, MD. FACS. USA. T61p, 64608WU, Dual Core Centrino 2.8 GHz, T9000, 8GB RAM. HDD 0: 1.0TB SSD w/ W-7 Ultimate SP1 64b (2nd clean install). HDD 1: 0.5TB 10K rpm w/ W-7 Ultimate SP1 64b (cloned). HDD 2:1TB 7.4K rpm AF w/W-7 SP1 64b (1rst clean install). HDD 3:250GB, VistaB-SP2 clean install, HDD 4:100GB, XP-SP3, factory install. HDD 5:1.5TB, 5K rpm, AF, DATA. 2504-10U Mini-Dock. Three more T61p.
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Re: T61 - AHCI SATA Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver and windows 7 update

2014-12-24, 7:34 AM

Thanks you very much for your post, it solved the problem on my T61.

 

I was having the same problem and was already looking for a solution on the internet for a while. I had tried various drivers for the controller and the turbo memory that i downloaded from the intel web-siet but without success. With the new drivers everything is running just fine again.

 

Thanks again and Happy Holidays.

Gerd

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Re: T61 - AHCI SATA Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver and windows 7 update

2014-12-24, 16:33 PM

Thanks for the message. Glad to help.

Are you sure turbo mem is working with this driver?

Check your Turbo Console. If the Ready Drive is active you are OK. If is not, do not activate and let me know.

 

Cheers

 

Rolando E Creagh, MD. FACS. USA. T61p, 64608WU, Dual Core Centrino 2.8 GHz, T9000, 8GB RAM. HDD 0: 1.0TB SSD w/ W-7 Ultimate SP1 64b (2nd clean install). HDD 1: 0.5TB 10K rpm w/ W-7 Ultimate SP1 64b (cloned). HDD 2:1TB 7.4K rpm AF w/W-7 SP1 64b (1rst clean install). HDD 3:250GB, VistaB-SP2 clean install, HDD 4:100GB, XP-SP3, factory install. HDD 5:1.5TB, 5K rpm, AF, DATA. 2504-10U Mini-Dock. Three more T61p.
T70, 20ERCTO1ww, 2.81 GHz Xenon, 64.5 GB RAM, 2 M2 SSD, 1 MX300 1T SSD. Windows 10, Windows 7 Ultimate.
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Re: T61 - AHCI SATA Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver and windows 7 update

2014-12-25, 5:21 AM
Hi,

It is working just fine with the new driver. And it appears that my disk copy performs a bit faster, but that might just be my imagination now.

I had spend quite some time reading about it, trying things that people mentioned, running a fix program from MS, but it just did not fix it. And of course it did not occur to me to look for another driver name, the new one, thus, it got a bit frustrating. And after this is a rather old system (I just use it as my music server now), I did not have too much hope to find a fix for it.

When I checked for your driver I found several version, a zip file and an exe. The zip file is just a driver, but the exe loaded several other files on my system. After that reboot and forget about this problem ever existed.

So thanks again for you post and providing the replacement driver name. You sure made my day.

Happy Holidays.

Gerd

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Re: T61 - AHCI SATA Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver and windows 7 update

2014-12-26, 0:22 AM

Merry Christmas!

Very happy for our success.

TP61 is a great machine, even if old. I got 3 of them. There are some peoples that prefer it to even many new ones.

Here is a very helpful web site:

http://t61.wikispaces.com/

And this other one referring to Turbo drive:

http://forums.mydigitallife.info/archive/index.php/t-33823.html

So you are using v:9.6 with no problems with the Turbo Drive.

Before I implemented Intel Turbo module (4GB) I had no problems with it.

If I install it now and activate TurboDrive, it will crash me during boot, claiming hardware problem. I am using V:8.9 as described in the last link.

It does not damage Windows in this combination of AF HDD and Intel Turbo Module, but it slows the boot, perhaps because of the nature of the memory chips use in the module, it must recharge the profile, I think but I have no way to prove that. Not sure if v:9.6 will behave the same way.

There is no difference in the zip and exe versions, it just the delivery means.

If you ever need to reinstall, make sure your use F6 and a way to deliver that driver. I use a floppy but not every body has one any more.

 

Cheers

 

 

Rolando E Creagh, MD. FACS. USA. T61p, 64608WU, Dual Core Centrino 2.8 GHz, T9000, 8GB RAM. HDD 0: 1.0TB SSD w/ W-7 Ultimate SP1 64b (2nd clean install). HDD 1: 0.5TB 10K rpm w/ W-7 Ultimate SP1 64b (cloned). HDD 2:1TB 7.4K rpm AF w/W-7 SP1 64b (1rst clean install). HDD 3:250GB, VistaB-SP2 clean install, HDD 4:100GB, XP-SP3, factory install. HDD 5:1.5TB, 5K rpm, AF, DATA. 2504-10U Mini-Dock. Three more T61p.
T70, 20ERCTO1ww, 2.81 GHz Xenon, 64.5 GB RAM, 2 M2 SSD, 1 MX300 1T SSD. Windows 10, Windows 7 Ultimate.
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