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Solved Asus p9x79 WS, Win8 64, Intel Management Engine install


v27v

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Hello,

I am trying to install the Intel MEI (Intel Management Engine) for the Asus P9x79 WS motherboard. I have had no issues installing this on Win7 x64. However, when trying to install the drivers in Win 8 x64 from the Asus install CD, I get a OS not supported message. There are no drivers listed on the Asus website for this mobo and Win8, and attempts to get it from other locations, such as Station-drivers, have also failed.

No issue, I should just try and get the drivers from Intel right? Well they don't exactly install either. I get a message stating "This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software"

Does anyone have any idea on what driver we are supposed to use for this? This is causing both a " Simple Communications Controller " and "Unknown Device" to show up in Device Manager.

Thanks!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win8 64

bobkn

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Asus has a Win8 installer available for download. (It's under "utilities".)

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download P9X79 WS

I have a P9X79 Pro rather than a WS, but I had no trouble installing the Win8 installer and running it.

There's a newer version (8.​1.​10.​1286) available directly from Intel:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=22090&keyword=mei&lang=eng

which also works. The 8.​1.​2.​1318 versions don't seem to support the X79 chipset.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Window 8 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    I7-3930k
    Motherboard
    Asus P9X79 Pro
    Memory
    16 GB Gskill DDR3-2133
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA GTX 680
    Sound Card
    Soundblaster Zx
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA246Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    Corsair Force GT 120GB
    WD Cavair Black 1.5TB
    PSU
    PC Power & cooling Silencer 750
    Case
    Silverstone FT02B-W
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D14 w/ PWM fans
    Keyboard
    cheap Logitech USB wired
    Mouse
    old 5 button Microsoft USB optical
    Internet Speed
    6Mb cable

v27v

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Asus has a Win8 installer available for download. (It's under "utilities".)

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download P9X79 WS

I have a P9X79 Pro rather than a WS, but I had no trouble installing the Win8 installer and running it.

There's a newer version (8.​1.​10.​1286) available directly from Intel:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=22090&keyword=mei&lang=eng

which also works. The 8.​1.​2.​1318 versions don't seem to support the X79 chipset.
The intel link fixed it, not sure how I missed that one, each driver i installed from Intel was throwing the error. How, if you dont mind me asking (so i can find it myself in the future) did you find that?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Win8 64

bobkn

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The intel link fixed it, not sure how I missed that one, each driver i installed from Intel was throwing the error. How, if you dont mind me asking (so i can find it myself in the future) did you find that?
I searched for MEI at the Intel download site. There were several dated 1 Nov., 2012. I looked at the supported boards under each. (I'm used to Intel installers supporting multiple chipsets, so I was a bit surprised at these.) The one I supplied the link to supports X79 boards.

No special knowledge was involved, just the belief that the drivers had to be there.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Window 8 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    I7-3930k
    Motherboard
    Asus P9X79 Pro
    Memory
    16 GB Gskill DDR3-2133
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA GTX 680
    Sound Card
    Soundblaster Zx
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA246Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    Corsair Force GT 120GB
    WD Cavair Black 1.5TB
    PSU
    PC Power & cooling Silencer 750
    Case
    Silverstone FT02B-W
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D14 w/ PWM fans
    Keyboard
    cheap Logitech USB wired
    Mouse
    old 5 button Microsoft USB optical
    Internet Speed
    6Mb cable

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