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Intel USB 3.0 driver for Z97 chipset - where to find?

  1. #1


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    Intel USB 3.0 driver for Z97 chipset - where to find?


    Hi.
    As I started with Windows 8 it became clear, that my buildin USB 3.0 hub did not work with Windows 8, but I found a solution here in eightforums.com ( read here: USB3 - still missing a new Intel USB3 driver ).
    Now I have moved on to a never chipset, the Z97, and a new CPU, and now I am again looking at my USB 3.0 hub that don't work. Is there a solution to use the windows 7 USB3.0-driver in the same way as above? Where do I find the "hacked" .inf files? Or what do I do with the default .inf files so they will install in Windows 8.1 with driver signing turned off like the earlier solution for Z77?

    I use a Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z97 mobo, and I have downloaded the windows 7 driver for USB 3.0, so all I am missing is the .inf files or the knowing of how to change the .inf files so windows 8.1 don't reject them.

    TIA

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  2. #2


    Look around on the French website Station-Drivers - NEWS. I don't know how he/they does/do it: but this is always a good place to look for latest bleeding edge drivers. Poke around at Intel for the Intel USB 3.0 drivers of most recent creation.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  3. #3


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    Thank you. I found this driver:
    Station-Drivers - Intel USB 3.0 Controller Drivers Version 3.0.2.54 WHQL
    and it seems like it is the one I must use, but how do I "hack" the *.inf files so it will be possible to install it in Windows 8.1? The *.inf driver will only let it install in Windows 7 and Server 2008.
    I need two "hacked" *.inf files for this to work, but I don't know how to "hack" it
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    This is from Asus site but I would give them a try: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Driver & Tools - Z97-A
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  5. #5


    Well, I would think that your hub is suspect. I'm running a G75 VW and a WS with a P7P55-PRO board from 2008 both on windows 8.1 and the standard USB 3.0 Driver supplied with windows 8 and above. Intel has not written a USB 3.0 driver for Window 8 since MS embedded it the OS. You might want to lurk around the Gigabyte gaming forum is they have one that where you would find custom drivers it there are any.
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  6. #6


    If you want to extract the drivers from the file you referenced (it should show up as intel_usb_3.0.2.54(www.station-drivers.com).exe in your download directory, or wherever you put it), you can use 7-Zip to open the file as an archive. Inside that archive in the Drivers\Win7\x64 (or x86) folder you will find the drivers you want.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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    #6 I know that, but there has to be some change to the 2 *.inf files in the x64 driver for them to allow installing in Windows 8.

    #5 No, my hub is not suspect , it is just old, and don't support firmware upgrade. It works perfect in windows 7. Intel has not made a driver for windows 8, since Microsoft made their own . The reason is this:

    One of the new features of Windows 8 is the built in XHCI host controller software and USB stack. While this brings some benefits like UASP support, there are some devices that currently donít work with the Microsoft stack on the Intel USB 3.0 host controller. This can be fixed by forcing Windows to use the Intel USB 3.0 host controller drivers instead of the built in stack.

    #4 I see no USB 3 driver in your link for Intel.

    All I want is a hacked *.inf as in the link in #0, but for Z97 this time.
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  8. #8


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    Windows 8.1


    You don't need any hacking, just get your drivers from Gigabyte or Intel for the Z97 chipset.
    Just looked and they are certainly on the Intel website.
    Just looked at Gigabyte website, no surprise they are on there as well.
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    Link? I have tried to look at Intel and Gigabyte, and there are USB3 drivers for Windows 7, but I can't find any for Windows 8.1, so until a link is showed, I'm quite sure there are no USB 3 drivers for Intel Z97 for windows 8.1.

    Here is gigabytes downloadlink for my mobo, please show me USB 3.0 driver for Windows 8.1 here :-)
    GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1150 - G1.Sniper Z97 (rev. 1.x)
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  10. #10


    I have tried multiple times to update the USB 3 driver on my ASUS N750JV W 8 Laptop. Intel(R) 8 Series/C220 Series. At some stage I came to this web-page and tried it. It might help you.
    The USB speed on my laptop never improved and is still between 5-10MB/S. I am very disappointed that ASUS or Intel haven't got anything suitable though got no choice.
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