Thanks for your feedback. Pre-production boards can be a frustrating experience at times, as they are pre-release, so we always encourage users to work with the Intel representative who provided the sample. But with that said, we officially launched the 3rd Gen Intel Core vPro Processor Family yesterday! Q77 is now officially released – you can find details about Q77 and other vPro-compatible chipsets at http://ark.intel.com.
If Q77 is officially released why do you still have this info for the Q77 motherboards as a pre-production card ?!?!?
Yes, although the Chipset was officially launched, there is no Info. on it or any Intel Mainboard using it on ark.intel.com but at least the drivers are already shown in the Download Center
Also, I bought the board from regular retailer. It was factory sealed (for example the Anti Static Sticker on the Anti Static bag etc) and not labeled or sold as Pre-Production. Since the "official release" was just a few days later I expect that the board was shipped to retailer in preparation for the launch and they decided to ship it out as soon as they received it and so I received it a few days before the launch day.
In any case, i found out that if i power down the system, turn off the PSU for 30 seconds, then turn it on again and power on the system via the Power Button (not via AMT) then the link speed stays at 1Gbps. So it seems that it only gets stuck when it is accessed in a power down state.
Either i have no luck with this board or it really was not quite finished yet But as @Radu said, I'm hoping a BIOS+ME Upgrade will fix these issues.
#1 - I have the same board and the way into MEBx is CTRL-p. Of course, my board is preproduction. As far as I know, the final version will have an AMT section in the BIOS itself. A BIOS update should correct this but I can't comment on if/when it's available.
#2 - I don't know why this is happening, but I will ask the SCS team to take a look. In the mean time, the AMT SDK has a tool called USBFile.exe. You might try that as a work around.
#3 - IDEr is slow for a number of reasons. It is great for booting small recovery images, but not so good for a full OS install from raw a DVD image. However, there are methods for using IDEr to install an OS that are much faster. In a nutshell, make a share and copy all Win7 install files to it. Then, build a WInPE image. User IDEr to boot WinPE, map the share, and run install from there. It will go MUCH faster. You can speed it even more using 2 stage boot to start WinPE. And the whole thing can be automated with an unattend.xml file and/or some batch files. You also mayt check out "Easy Reimage" from here.
#4 - the timeout is adjustable. How to do this depends on the remote tool you are using. For example, RealVNCViewer Plus has an advanced / expert tab. There you can set the "AMTSessionTimeout", which is in minutes. 0 means never timout.
#5 & 6 - Once a static session, that is SOL, KVM, or IDEr is open to AMT, the link speed will not change until the session closes and the link is re-negotiated. If it did, the session would drop. Further, when the OS LAN driver is not up, AMT negotiates 10 Mbps to save power. So, yes, there are times when the link speed will get stuck at 10 Mbps. However, it should "unstick" once the AMT session closes and the LAN driver re-links. I'm not sure why you need to power off. You should be able to just stop SOL, KVM, and/or IDEr, and then pull the LAN cable or stop and start the LAN driver or just reboot. Just be sure the AMT session is not still open. Also, note, that if the OS driver is up and has negotiated a faster speed and then you start the AMT session, the faster speed will stay in place. A final note, WS-Man communication to AMT (E.G. getting an inventory list, checking the WebUI, doing a remote reboot) will not cause this.
thank you for your answers!
1: When i press CTRL+P during boot, nothing happens. I tried it without KVM, directly connected via a regular keyboard and monitor and via KVM. I do not see a prompt to press CTRL+P either. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IJDn7xpk7I&hq=1
3: Ok, I understand and will try to only boot a minimal system and initiate the install from there to pull the needed files via lan instead of the redirected IDE DVD.
4: For me the setting was set to -1 instead of 0. Apparently this means a default timeout is used (I assumed -1 meant it was disabled). Setting it to 0 did indeed fix the timeout problem. Thank you!
5&6: I understand that as long as a session is open the link is stuck at the current link speed. As far as I understand from your answer, pulling the LAN cable would initiate a reset. I tried this and it did not work, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENMqrMS9uIw&hq=1
A reboot without any AMT session however did reset the link speed to the full 1Gbps. I suppose before I did still have a session open and that is why it did not work. Thank you!
I have other problems with the boot process too, such as being unable to setup the build in RAID. I would expect a prompt (CTRL+I/R) after i enabled the SATA->RAID modus, however, i see no such thing. Maybe this is related to also not seeing the CTRL+P prompt (or is there no prompt?).
It was suggested that my board may be a "pre-production" board. How can i find out if it is or not? Are there any markings/special serial number or such?
Can someone at Intel please provide an update on this? We need to pull the trigger on a large DQ77MK order with Tech Data (production? boards in stock), but need full vPro functionality. We cannot afford a rework on this, or even a BIOS flash, as the systems will be all over the country - and that's hard to do without vPro ...
I checked myselft as well and you are right. Intel has removed the pre-production "logo" from the Q77 boards. That means they are ready for prime time support .
These Q boards get updates constantly, probably they are working on the issues described above right now for the next release of the ME + BIOS.
I do not see a "pre-production" logo on my board although I do not know what it is supposed to look like, I would assume that I would recognize it when if I saw it (something simple as "PRE-PRODUCTION" being clearly marked or such).
At this time, the Board is still not listed with the other executive series mainboards in:
The latest "Intel® ME: Management Engine Driver for Intel 6 & 7 Series Chipset-Based Desktop Boards" do not work as well as the ones that were included on the CD as now the Console no longer shows the status of any AMT component, only 'unknown'.
Still waiting for the Bios/Firmware update that will fix everything.
Just to stay in a weekly update cycle.
No ME / vPro available. Even the "ME" menu in bios is not available. I also do not see any kind of "pre-production" or something similar. Neither on the box nor on the board itself, even not in bios.
It surprises me that Intel cannot provide a fix to this functionality, because it is one of the major reasons for the Q-chipset. I thought Intel would be a premium manufacturer, but maybe I would have done it better with some "cheap & dirty" manufacturer, where things simply work and if not updates are provided.