New (not) Chipset Driver Appearing in Windows Update

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New (not) Chipset Driver Appearing in Windows Update

Postposted on Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:31 am

Here's a funky one.

I noticed a new driver in Windows Update (intended for my chipset in Windows), so I downloaded and saved it.

I see that I have three of these buggers in my download folder now:

Intel_C600_MEI_NULL_HECI_VER1232002.zip is dated 8/25/2013
Intel_C600_MEI_NULL_HECI_VER1232002 (1).zip is dated 4/8/2014
Intel_C600_MEI_NULL_HECI_VER1232002 (2).zip is dated 9/1/2014

Inside each one of these, the folder has the date 10/23/2012. There are ASUS-named files in the package, along with the usual INF and SETUP type files. It appears that these three zip files just keep getting pushed to me via Windows Update. Either I've never updated this or Windows Update is confused.

I built this system in December 2012 thru January 2013 and I'm fairly sure I applied all available updates including chipset drivers, so I am quite surprised that Windows update has downloaded a patch three times now (even if it's not their own) that predates my system build date.

There is a lengthy readme.txt file in the package, a snipped version of which I've put in CODE below. It advertises that it's for just about every version of Windows and how to install it interactively vs. silently.

I am uncertain what I should do here. This system has been running fine but it does experience a blue screen about once every 4-6 months. I don't remember the precise date or reason given in the last one, but it probably occurred in April or May 2014.

Does anybody here recognize this patch, and should I apply it?

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************************************************************
*  Product: Intel(R) Chipset Device Software
*  Release: Production Version
*  Version: 9.4.0.1005
*  Target:   Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor E5 Product Family/Core i7
*      Intel(R) C200/C600/X79 series chipset
*  Date: May 14 2012
************************************************************

   NOTE:
            For the list of supported chipsets, please refer
            to the Release Notes

************************************************************
*  CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT
************************************************************
This document contains the following sections:

1.  Overview
2.  System Requirements
3.  Contents of the Distribution Package
4.  List of Available Command Line Flag Options
5.  Contents of the Extracted Files
6.  Installing the Software in Interactive Mode
7.  Installing the Software in Silent Mode
8.  Installing the INF Files Prior to OS Installation
    8A. Installing the Windows* 2000 INF Files Prior
        to OS Installation
    8B. Installing the Windows* XP INF Files Prior
        to OS Installation
    8C. Installing the Windows Server* 2003 INF Files
        Prior to OS Installation
    8D. Installing the Windows* Vista INF Files Prior
        to OS Installation
    8E. Installing the Windows Server* 2008 INF files Prior
        to OS Installation
    8F. Installing the Windows Server* 2008 R2 INF files
        Prior to OS Installation
    8G. Installing the Windows 7 INF files Prior
        to OS Installation
9.  Installing the INF Files After OS Installation
    9A. Installing the Windows* 2000 INF Files After
        OS Installation
    9B. Installing the Windows* XP INF Files After
        OS Installation
    9C. Installing the Windows Server* 2003 INF Files
        After OS Installation
    9D. Installing the WINDOWS VISTA INF FILES AFTER
        OS Installation
    9E. Installing the Windows Server* 2008 INF FILES AFTER
        OS Installation
    9F. Installing the Windows Server* 2008 R2 INF FILES 
        After OS Installation
    9G. Installing the Windows 7 INF FILES AFTER
        OS Installation
10. Verifying Installation of the Software and
    Identifying the Software Version Number
11. Troubleshooting


************************************************************
* 1.  OVERVIEW
************************************************************
The Intel(R) Chipset Device Software installs Windows*
INF files to the target system. These files outline to
the operating system how to configure the Intel(R) chipset
components in order to ensure that the following features
function properly:

            - Core PCI and ISAPNP Services
            - PCIe Support
            - IDE/ATA33/ATA66/ATA100 Storage Support
            - SATA Storage Support
            - USB Support
            - Identification of Intel(R) Chipset Components in
              the Device Manager

This software can be installed in three modes: Interactive,
Silent and Unattended Preload. Interactive Mode requires
user input during installation; Silent Mode and Unattended
Preload do not. 

This software also offers a set of command line flags,
which provide additional installation choices. The command
line flags are not case sensitive. Refer to Section 4 for
detailed descriptions of these flags.

Important Note:
The Intel(R) Chipset Device Software is distributed in two
formats: self extracting .EXE files (INFINST_AUTOL.EXE)
or compressed .ZIP files (INFINST_AUTOL.ZIP). Depending on
which distribution format is being executed, the commandline
syntax may differ. Refer to Section 4 for more details.


************************************************************
* 2.  SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
************************************************************
1.  Please refer to the Release Notes to view the list of
    chipsets that the software included with this distribution
    package is designed to operate with.

2.  One of the following operating systems must be
    fully installed and running on the system
    before installing this software:

    Microsoft Windows* Server 2003
    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition*
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64
    Microsoft Windows XP
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 
    Microsoft Windows 2000
    Microsoft Windows Vista
    Microsoft Windows Vista x64 
    Microsoft Windows 7
    Microsoft Windows 7 x64
    Microsoft Windows 2008 R2
    Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 x64
    Microsoft Windows 8
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012
   
    This software is designed for the latest Service packs
    releases of above operating systems.

    To verify which operating system has been installed onto
    the target system, follow the steps below:

    a.  Click on Start.
    b.  Select Settings.
    c.  Select Control Panel.
    d.  Double-click on the System icon.
    e.  Click on the General system properties tab.
    f.  Verify which OS has been installed by reading
        the System information.
                             
3.  It is recommended that the software be installed on
    systems with at least 64MB of system memory when using
    Windows* 2000, Windows* XP, Windows Server* 2003,
    Windows Server* 2008, and Windows* Vista.

4.  It is recommended that there be a minimum of 5MB of hard
    disk space on the system in order to install this software.

5.  The operating system must be fully installed and running on
    the system before running this software.

6.  Close any running applications to avoid installation problems.

7.  It is recommended that the Intel(R) Chipset Device Software
    be installed onto the target system prior to the
    installation of other drivers.

Please check with the system provider to determine which
operating system and Intel(R) chipset are used in the system.


************************************************************
* 3.  CONTENTS OF THE DISTRIBUTION PACKAGE
************************************************************
The Intel(R) Chipset Device Software package contains the
following items:

    File(s)       
    -------
    INFINST_AUTOL.EXE -or- INFINST_AUTOL.ZIP
    README.TXT, RELEASE_xxx.HTM

   *** NOTE: 
            Only the files that reference the currently
            detected devices are copied to the system.
        
            If the -A option is exercised, the files are
            not copied to the <Windows>\INF directory.
            Refer to Section 4 for more information. 

                                       
************************************************************
* 4.  LIST OF AVAILABLE COMMAND LINE FLAG OPTIONS
************************************************************
The Intel(R) Chipset Device Software supports several
command line flags for various installation options.

Below is a list of all the available command line flags that
may be used with the program call.  Note that the '-L' and
the '-S' flags MUST be specified at the end of the command
line flag list.

Flag        Description
----            -----------
-?             
                Displays the list of available command line
                flags. This flag works in Interactive Mode only. 

-A             
                Extracts the INF files and Readme to either
                "C:\Program Files\Intel\InfInst" or the
                <Installation Path> directory specified using
                the '-P' flag. The software will NOT install
                these INF files to the system. This flag can
                be combined only with the '-P' flag. All other
                options will be ignored if the '-A' flag is
                specified. This flag works in Interactive Mode
                only.

-AONLY         
                Extracts the needed INF files to install on the
                current system. If the install has been run once
                successfully, '-AONLY' will not return any INFs
                when used in conjunction with '-OVERALL' switch,
                all the needed INFs for the system will be
                extracted.      

-B             
                Automatically reboots the system after
                installation. This flag is ignored if '-A' flag
                is specified. This flag works in either Silent
                Mode or Interactive Mode.

-F2 <path\filename>             
                Specifies an alternate location and name
                of the log file created by InstallShield Silent.
                This option is used for silent installation from
                a CD. 'Path' indicates the directory path where
                installation status is logged in file 'filename'.

-L <number>   
                Specifies the language of the setup dialogs.
                This flag works in Interactive Mode only.

-OVERALL       
                Updates ALL INF drivers on all available devices
                even if third party drivers are currently installed.
                This flag works in Interactive Mode only.

-OVERIDE   
                Updates the storage drivers even if a third
                party storage driver is currently installed.
                This flag works in Interactive Mode only.

-OVERWRITE       
                Ignores the overwrite warning dialog when
                installing an older version of the software.

-P<Installation Path>   
                Specifies the hard disk location to which the
                INF program files are copied. If this flag is
                not specified at the command line, the
                <Installation Path> directory is as follows:
               
                   C:\Program Files\Intel\INFInst
               
                  If this flag is used without the '-A' option,
                  only the Readme will be copied to
                  <Installation Path>. The directory name can
                  include spaces, but then a pair of double quotes
                  (") must enclose the directory name. There should
                not be any space between the switch '-p' and the
                directory name. This flag works in either Silent
                Mode or Interactive Mode.

-S             
                Runs the Installer in Silent Mode (no user
                interface is displayed). This flag and the
                '-L' flag must be placed at the end of the
                command line flag list.
               
Below are the language codes used with the '-L' flag:

<number>     Language           
 --------      ----------
   0401       Arabic (International)   
   0804       Chinese (Simplified)     
   0404       Chinese (Traditional)    
   0405       Czech                   
   0406       Danish                  
   0413       Dutch                    
   0409       English (United States)   
   040B       Finnish                  
   040C       French (International)        
   0407       German                  
   0408       Greek                    
   040D       Hebrew                               
   040E       Hungarian               
   0410       Italian                  
   0411       Japanese                 
   0412       Korean                   
   0414       Norwegian                
   0415       Polish                  
   0416       Portuguese (Brazil)     
   0816       Portuguese (Standard)    
   0419       Russian                  
   040A       Spanish (International)   
   041D       Swedish                  
   041E       Thai                     
   041F       Turkish                  


************************************************************
* 5.  CONTENTS OF THE EXTRACTED FILES
************************************************************
INF files are copied to the hard disk after running the
Intel(R) Chipset Device Software executable with an '-A'
flag (i.e., "INFINST_AUTOL.EXE -A" or "SETUP.EXE -A").
The location of the INF files depends on whether a '-P'
flag is specified along with the '-A' flag:

1.  If a '-P' flag is not specified, then the INF files are
    copied to the following directory: 
   
            "C:\Program Files\Intel\INFINST"
   
2.  If a '-P' flag is specified, then the INF files are copied
    to the location listed immediately after the '-P' flag. 

    Refer to Section 4 for more information on flag usage.

After INF file extraction, the INF files and components are
copied to the <INF Extract Directory>. These files and
components are categorized according to the operating system.
The following table summarizes the locations of the
INF files by operating system:

   NOTE:
            "<INF Extract Directory>" is abbreviated "<IED>" in
            the remainder of this section.

The directories are classified according to the following:

   All\   
            Contains INF files designed for
            Windows* 2000, Windows* XP, Windows Server* 2003,
            Windows Server* 2008, and Windows* Vista

   Win7\   
            Contains INF files designed for
            Windows* 7 and Windows Server* 2008 R2
           
   NOTE:
            INFAnswr.TXT makes a CUSTOM.INF template that installs
            the INF files for Intel(R) chipsets during operating
            system setup. OEMs can incorporate this file into the
            Setup directory for the OEM Preload Kit.
            (Refer to Section 8 for more details.)


************************************************************
* 6.  INSTALLING THE SOFTWARE IN INTERACTIVE MODE
************************************************************
1.  Verify that all system requirements have been met as
     described in Section 2 above.

2.  Run the InstallShield* installation program:
     Self-extracting .EXE distribution: INFINST_AUTOL.EXE
     Compressed .ZIP distribution: SETUP.EXE

3.  You will be prompted to agree to the license agreement. 
     If you do not agree, the installation program will exit
     before extracting any files.
   
4.  Once the operating system reboots, follow the on-screen
     instructions and accept default settings to complete the
     setup.


************************************************************
* 7.  INSTALLING THE SOFTWARE IN SILENT MODE
************************************************************
1.  Verify that all system requirements have been met as
     described in section 2.

2.  Run the InstallShield* installation program:
     For silent install with auto-reboot:
       Self-extracting .EXE distribution:
       INFINST_AUTOL.EXE -b -s
       Compressed .ZIP distribution:
       SETUP.EXE -b -s
    - or -
     For silent install without auto-reboot:
       Self-extracting .EXE distribution:
       INFINST_AUTOL.EXE -s
       Compressed .ZIP distribution: SETUP.EXE -s

3.  The utility will perform the necessary updates and
     record the installation status in the following system
     registry key:
        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Intel\INFInst

4.  If the utility was invoked with the "-b" flag, the
     system will automatically reboot if the update was
     successful.

    NOTE: The system MUST be rebooted for all device
    updates to take effect.

5.  To determine whether the install was successful, verify
     the "install" value in the registry key specified in
     Step 3.

6.  In Silent Mode the utility will not display the license
     agreement. When using Silent Mode the license agreement,
     license.txt, will be placed in the following folder:
     Program Files/Intel/INFInst folder.
     Please read this agreement.

   The following describes the various parameters:

            Name: "install"               
            Type: String
            Data: "success" 
                  The installation was successful.
           
            Data: "fail"
                  The installation was not successful. No INF files
                  were copied to the system.

             Name: "reboot"           
             Type: String          
             Data: "Yes"
                  A reboot is required to complete the installation.
             
             Data: "No" 
                  No reboot is required to complete the installation.

             Name: "version"         
             Type: String         
             Data: <varies>
                  Current version number of the Intel(R) Chipset Device
                  Software

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

                 REMOVED SECTIONS RELATING TO OTHER OSs

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

************************************************************
* 10.   IDENTIFYING THE SOFTWARE VERSION NUMBER
************************************************************
The version numbers displayed by Device Manager for a given
device may not be the same as the Intel(R) Chipset Device
Software version. 
 
The correct version number is shown at the top of this file.


************************************************************
* 11.  TROUBLESHOOTING
************************************************************
It is assumed that the system requirements in Section 2 above
have been satisfied.

Issue:      
            USB devices no longer work correctly after you
            install the Intel Chipset Software Installation
            Utility in Windows XP or in Windows Server 2003.

Solution: 
            A recommended fix has been provided by Microsoft
            in Knowledge Base article(921411). For additional
            information, please refer to the KB article located
            at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/921411/en-us
           
            Please use the following installation procedures:
                - Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 installed
                - QFE (921411) installed
                - Latest Intel(R) Chipset Device Software

Issue:      
            At the end of executing the Chipset Device Software,
              the USB keyboard and mouse will stop functioning.
              This problem only occurs when using Windows XP with
              SP1 or Windows 2000 Server with SP4 on a system
              configured with a USB keyboard and/or mouse. This
              condition is temporary until a system reset.

Solution: 
            A recommended fix has been provided by Microsoft
            in Knowledge Base article(822603). For additional
            information, please refer to the KB article located at
            http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];822603 

            Please use the following installation procedures:
                - Windows XP installed with SP1
                - QFE (822603) installed
                - Latest Chipset Utility Software installed.

Issue:     
            System locks up during Device Manager Remove or
            during restart.

Solution:   
            System lockup can occur during reboot as a
            result of several possible system issues.  In
            the event of system lockup, reboot the machine
            and view Device Manager.  If devices are listed
            properly and the system experiences no further
            problems, then the .INF file restore process was
            successful. If devices are not configured
            correctly, try re-running the procedures
            outlined in Section 3.

            If this does not fix the issue or further issues
            are experienced, reinstall the operating system.

Issue:     
            After running the setup program and rebooting
            the machine, Windows reports that it cannot find
            one of the following files: ESDI_506.pdr

Solution:   
            Click Browse in the dialog box where this issue
            occurs, locate the <Windows>\System\IOSubsys
            directory. Click OK. The system should be able to
            locate this file in this directory and continue
            re-enumerating for the new devices.

Issue:     
            After running the setup program and rebooting
            the machine, Windows reports that it cannot find
            one of the following files:
 
                  UHCD.SYS
                  USBD.SYS
                  USBHUB.SYS

Solution:   
            Click Browse in the dialog box where this issue
            occurs and locate the following directory:
         
                  <Winnt>\System32\drivers
                 
            Click OK. The system should be able to locate the
            files in this directory and continue re-enumerating
            for the new devices.

Issue:     
            After running the setup program and rebooting
            the machine, Windows reports that it cannot find
            the following file: ISAPNP.VXD

Solution:   
            Click Browse in the dialog box where this issue
            occurs and locate the <Winnt>\System directory.
            Click OK. The system should be able to locate this
            file in this directory and continue re-enumerating
            for the new devices.

Issue:     
            After performing the silent install, the
            HKLM\Software\Intel\InfInst key was not created
            or the data of the value "install" is not
            "success".

Solution:   
            This is caused by one of the following
            scenarios:
               - The current system does not contain a
                 supported operating system, or
                 -or-
               - The current system does not contain a
                 supported chipset.

            Verify that the System Requirements are met as
            outlined in Section 2.


************************************************************
* DISCLAIMER
************************************************************
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(OEM / IHV / ISV Distribution & Single User)
completely defines the licensed use of this software.
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Re: New (not) Chipset Driver Appearing in Windows Update

Postposted on Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:31 pm

I wouldn't install it, just because Microsoft Update has been known to install drivers older than what is currently installed. And by the time drivers make it to the Windows Update process they are outdated anyway.

C600 is Intel's server name for the X79 chipset. I'd suggest either downloading from ASUS directly, or downloading the latest X79 chipset driver directly from Intel as they would have the newest version. If you have ? marked devices in your device manager then it was probably never installed, otherwise it might be a newer version than what you currently have installed, or it's just confused. Nuking the DLs and installing the latest one from Intel should fix it.
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Re: New (not) Chipset Driver Appearing in Windows Update

Postposted on Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:45 pm

http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA ... 151730.zip

From Asus (that's a direct DL link), X79 - dated 2013/12/26. Just delete those old ones.

Edit: my link is for W7 x64 by the way. here's the download page if you want. http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P9X79_ ... _Download/
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