System Dell XPS 8700 Bios A13, SMBIOS 2.7, HAL "10.0.17134.1", System BIOS Version: 64.13
Motherboard: DELL 0KWVT8, Chipset: Intel Z87 (Lynx Point),
Intel Core i7-4790, Step C0, Codename Haswell-DT Refresh, SSPEC: SR1QF
Inspectre reports CPUID: 306C3 and Meltdown Protected YES Spectre protected YES, Microcode update available YEs CPUID: 306C3
OS Microsoft Windows 10 Home (x64) Build 17134.165 (1803/RS4)
1) In NO IMEI documentation regarding the IME or the Microcode updates can I find reference to i7-4790 or Z87 (Lynx Point), or Haswell-DT Refresh.
Some driver software indicates "Intel Xeon E3 1200 v3 4th generation" but this could refer to supporting components.
A CPUID of 306C3 is reported by Gibson Research Inspectre utility this does point me to what I believe to be the correct processor group,
?? Is the CPUID all I need to identify my CPU for updates and is always valid
2) I reloaded the Dell chipset drivers Intel 8 Series Chipset Driver v10.1.1.7 (A00) June 27, 2015
and the Dell IMEI driver Intel AMT HECI Driver 126.96.36.1993 and then let windows update to version
188.8.131.525. Also installed KB4100347: Intel microcode update based on CPUID of 306C3. Then went
through drivers on Device Manger and updated anything I thought remotely applicable
?? Is there additional software that IME is dependent upon and what services are involved.
?? I see mention of INF updates but assume must be part of chipset update as can find none for my XPS 8700
3) The Intel Management Engine Interface always fails upon install. Many, Many posts on this problem no solutions.
Driver STATUS: This device cannot start. (Code 10) STATUS_DEVICE_POWER_FAILURE
EVENT LOG: Intel(R) Management Engine Interface driver has failed to perform handshake with the Firmware
(FWSTS0: 0x1E000042, FWSTS1: 0x60002106).
This is preceeded by an information STATUS: The Intel(R) Management Engine Interface is being reset.
The acutal problem (status 10) appears to be the fact that it can not interface with the firmware.
My last bios upgrade failed indicating it could not communicate (but appears to have installed correctly)
with the ME firmware. Bios Versions A12 and A13 came out this spring (last prev updated 2015) both bios updates appear
to be related to Spectre. I know I did not have this problem prior to April for sure and I believe the IME problem started with the bios updates.
The HWINFO utility reports under SMBIOS DME/Intel vPro:
Intel ME status: Enabled, Intel ME Version: v9.1, Build 1006, Hotfix 26, BIOS ME Support: Not Supported.
?? Should IMEI work on my system when I have NO BIOS ME Support?
?? Currently have disabled since not running anyway. Can I leave it disabled without causing problems otherwise slow boots as attempts to reload IME drives..
?? Is there any possibility incorrect configuration could be causing this type of problem.
Also a quick block overview of the IME relation ship between components (BIOS, FIRMWARE, MICROCODE) would be appreciated.
Thanks in Advance