I'm getting 0x7F BSODs with the 82579v and the 16.8.1 drivers. Cannot revert to 16.8 or any other lan drivers. Cannot uninstall or reinstall Intel network connections. Can only boot OS with either onboard LAN disabled in BIOS OR intel raid array disks unplugged.
Running Win7 x86 SP1 on an Asus Sabertooth P67, bios version 2103.
Here's what I've tried so far:
1. Everything ran smoothly with the 16.8 drivers, no BSODs or odd behaviour. Then 16.8.1 were released with a specific note about 82579V:
"The version 16.8.1 software package contains a bug fix to the Windows driver for the Intel(R) 82579V Gigabit Network Connection. - If you previously installed version 16.8, and you do not have an Intel(R) 82579V Gigabit Network Connection, then there is no reason to update your software".
Naturally, I upgraded at once, then got a 7F BSOD once the installation process reached the "Registering COM components..." stage.
2. Rebooted and noticed that the driver was indeed updated to 16.8.1 properly, but without the custom intel property pages (the ones with a yellow background). "That's OK", I thought, "The settings are still there, I'll just change them using the advanced property page", only to find out that changing ANY advanced option (checksum offloading, jumbo frame, rss, etc) immediately crashes with a 7F. It happens the second I hit "apply" after changing any such option.
3. Uninstalled the 16.8.1 drivers and tried to reinstall the 16.8 drivers, only to get a 7F bsod on the next reboot.
4. Disconnected USB devices, disabled onboard devices.. eventually found out that I can boot just fine if I disconnect the two sata cables connecting the two HDs that are my raid0 array to the intel sata controller.
5. With the raid array disconnected, tried uninstalling almost all devices in safe mode, installing the latest intel INF (126.96.36.1990), reinstalling the latest WHQL RST driver (188.8.131.522) for the raid controller. No luck. Things seem to get even worse: from this point onward, windows completely refuses to accept *any* 82579V drivers whatsoever, even with the raid array disconnected, complaining that "the style of the inf is different than what was requested".
6. Tried uninstalling intel network connections, only to get this error:
"The installed version of Intel PROSet is not supported for upgrades. You must uninstall it before installing this version".
This is on an uninstall attempt. I get a similar error when I try to install intel network connections from an older/newer driver version.
7. Tried the ghost devices cleanup and manual registry cleanup procedures described here. Double checked each and every key on the list and rebooted. Still cannot uninstall/reinstall intel network connections. Still cannot boot with both intel raid and intel lan enabled.
8. Tried installing all windows updates and again tried to uinstall/reinstall intel network connections and other drivers for the 82579V, including 16.8, 16.8.1 and the ones that came on the motherboard drivers CD. No luck whatsoever.
9. Tried manually installing (through "have disk" etc) the same three driver options. Same BSOD with the raid array plugged in or "the style of the inf is different than what was requested" error with the array plugged out.
I am completely out of ideas. I simply do not understand what the raid driver has to do with the ethernet driver, apart from maybe a terrible device id mismatch somewhere. Why are they affecting each other? They should be completely separate devices, yet their drivers affect each other to the point of zero usability. I am now running with onboard lan disabled, with a silly usb wifi adapter. This post is my hail mary in hope that someone here might think of something new to try.
If anyone has any suggestion, new information, even just a "chin up", I would greatly appreiciate it.