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December 30, 2011 9:01:53 PM

I bought a new rig, and everything seemed to be going great and i was about to start overclocking it, but i found that whenever i suspended my computer in any state of sleep- it would appear to resume and show me the log on screen for about thirty seconds, and then BSOD with error 0x000000f4 "process of thread crucial to system operation has unexpectedly exited or been terminated." if during that thirty seconds where it seems like everything is OK- if i log in to windows, the busy cursor comes up on a new background (not yet the desktop), and then it will BSOD as if no difference.

After messing around with many variables and reinstalls it appears that the one variable that is able to change things is that if i boot the intel chipset in ahci rather than raid- it will work. I haven't found anything else that will get it to work. Why not just boot in AHCI? i use 1 drive for the system, but i have a raid array of 2 hardrives where i keep all my personal files/photos etc.. and am not willing to go without raid redundancy. below is my new rig and what other variables have not had an effect effect.

-Installing windows in UEFI v.s. regular bios- no difference
-Using old HDD rather than SSD in both UEFI v.s. old bios-- no difference, and with all other HD's disconnected v.s. not.
-Upgrading windows completely-- no difference
-upgrading video card completely-- no difference
-uprgading x79 chipset to most recent driver-- no difference
-using most recent bios flash (f7)
-have not made any attempt to OC yet. all stuff running at or below stock

GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD3 MB
Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-32GBZL
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
BFG Geforce 8800 GTS 512 MB (haven't upgraded this part of the rig yet)
Thermaltake 850 watt PSU

Running
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
January 13, 2012 8:06:15 PM

Any luck with this?

I have a similar setup with similar issue, brand new build.
When coming back from sleep the system speaker beeps repeatly and goes into a shutdown/startup loop every 10 seconds with no display.

I started with newer Bios version F8

GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD3 MB
Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory
Old 80GB Seagate SATA for OS until prices come down a bit
Gigabyte GTX580
Corsair 650 watt PSU

Running
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Thanks,
John
a c 715 V Motherboard
January 13, 2012 8:13:32 PM

IF YOU FAILED TO USE F6 DRIVERS - X79 AND RAID (see below) - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/303873-30-wont-resume...

I had a similar SSD + RAID issue with my GA-X58A-UD3R rev 2.

Try moving the RAID from Intel SATA2 -> Intel SATA3 or visa versa.

When using 4X8GB if the spec is 1.50v then try DRAM Voltage -> 1.55v or +0.05v and if needed up the QPI/VTT/VCCIO/IMC Voltage -> 1.20v.
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January 23, 2012 2:48:03 AM

Even if the two hardrives i keep in raid array are both disconnected- it makes no difference. I haven't switched them to other ports- as i dont see what difference it would make if they are in 1 port v.s. another if when they aren't even connected the problem persists.

I also have the problem you mentioned (jdroflet), that after it reboots when it crashed it gets into this 10 second cycle where it repeatedly reboots with different beeps. I found a website that went over the basics of how to interpret those beeps- but life got busy and i didn't ever get around to looking into it more.
a c 715 V Motherboard
January 23, 2012 12:23:15 PM

It's worth a look at the registry. See -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976 the problem exhibits itself in a variety of ways when BIOS = AHCI/RAID <=> Start ≠ 0; Start = 3 = IDE and the wrong drivers are being used. Also, I recommend in the BIOS that all SATA = RAID (RAID drives) or SATA = AHCI (non RAID drives).

Registry {note Start values must = 0}:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\IastorV
January 26, 2012 12:11:38 AM

jaquith said:
It's worth a look at the registry. See -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976 the problem exhibits itself in a variety of ways when BIOS = AHCI/RAID <=> Start ≠ 0; Start = 3 = IDE and the wrong drivers are being used. Also, I recommend in the BIOS that all SATA = RAID (RAID drives) or SATA = AHCI (non RAID drives).

Registry {note Start values must = 0}:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\IastorV
http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/AHCI_Start_0.jpg


I tried upsteping the voltage on my memory with no effect.

Went into the registry and changed the iastorV start to a 0. Not a fix, though it did seem different -- less likely to progress to a BSOD and instead-- after the log on screen presents and i sign in the screen just sits there with the windows busy circle icon which just keeps going and going. One time after trying to log in after resuming it showed an error sign and said "remote procedure call failed" and BSOD'd

The regular dump file skipped over the entire episode- i'm gonna see if i can mess with the dump setting so it will record.
a c 715 V Motherboard
January 26, 2012 10:48:42 AM

To correct corruption from the drives using the wrong driver run both options on SFC, schedule and reboot -> http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/Scan-...

Next look at the Event Manager for [+] Critical errors -> http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/Event... and list them here.

To test and rule-out Windows run MSCONFIG and select Diagnostic and reboot. Stress the system: whatever previously caused the BSOD or Prime95 + Blend. Post the results.
February 2, 2012 2:23:55 AM

jaquith said:
To correct corruption from the drives using the wrong driver run both options on SFC, schedule and reboot -> http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/Scan-...

Next look at the Event Manager for [+] Critical errors -> http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/Event... and list them here.

To test and rule-out Windows run MSCONFIG and select Diagnostic and reboot. Stress the system: whatever previously caused the BSOD or Prime95 + Blend. Post the results.


i'll run these things this weekend- life got a little busy. Thanks for taking the time to try and help me out with this by the way-- i appreciate it.
February 4, 2012 1:02:37 PM

I have the same problem.
The problem seems to be in Intel's Raid Driver.
I reinstalled windows in my spare 7200rpm HDD to troubleshot this, setting my two SSDs in raid 0. When the computers awake from sleep mode, I can log into windows to see that my Raid 0 array is not listed.
I go to device manager and I can see that the Intel driver stopped working and can't restart itself...

If the OS is installed in the raid 0 array, a BSOD awaits you when logging because the Intel driver is unable to start.

I need sleep mode working because I'm using Ramdisks and takes ages to load from a reboot.

Any solution?

FULL COMPUTER SPECS:

i7-3930k, Gigabyte x79 UD5, 64Gb 1600Mhz GSkill Ripjaws (8 slots populated), 2 x Adata S510 120Gb SSDs, Samsung Spinpoint 1Tb, Gigabyte GTX480 Windforce3.
a c 715 V Motherboard
February 4, 2012 2:58:32 PM

Try uninstalling Intel Rapid Storage Technology, it's optional and not required. Then test again.
February 4, 2012 3:05:24 PM

The only driver I think It was installed was the one that comes with the mobo CD that allows Windows to see the raid volume during the installation process.

Now I'm using the two SSDs in AHCI mode, one for the OS and the other for data. When I have time to try a new OS install I will verify that.
Thanks for your help.
a c 715 V Motherboard
February 4, 2012 5:08:23 PM

The MOBO DVD typically has older drivers. If you have something that looks like below then try uninstalling Intel RST:



note the icon in the bottom-right ; see -> http://i49.tinypic.com/142c7xh.jpg
March 1, 2012 10:31:39 PM

jaquith said:
To correct corruption from the drives using the wrong driver run both options on SFC, schedule and reboot -> http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/Scan-...

Next look at the Event Manager for [+] Critical errors -> http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/Event... and list them here.

To test and rule-out Windows run MSCONFIG and select Diagnostic and reboot. Stress the system: whatever previously caused the BSOD or Prime95 + Blend. Post the results.


Sorry for the sabbatical... so prime95, or other stressing is stable. the BSOD is only caused by going into sleep and resuming from it. i've upgraded the biuos to f9 which has made no difference, and the event logger is no use because the error only happens when returing from sleep-- and it seems none of the logs or dumps or other info every get written to the HD.

hearing what megalolman has to say makes perfect sense given my situation-- the computer fails because it never loads the driver to the HD and so it's an OS trying to resume without the HD that was there when it fell asleep. FOr me this is not merely because of an SSD. i had the same problem when i did a fresh install in raid with only an old (proven) 250 gb hdd connected. I messed with various drivers in the registry have them loaded immediately with no real effect.

Hibernate works fine-- the computer dumps windows memory to the HD, so when you restart there's that full hardware reboot and then it quickly loads the windows data from the HD after the HD driver has loaded in the regular fashion.

I thought about uninstalling the intel RST but i think its a useful tool, and back when i was trouble shooting after fresh installs i still had problems after only installing the mobo included drivers-- which didn't include intel rst.
a c 715 V Motherboard
March 2, 2012 12:16:54 PM

Alright, I 'assumed' that you installed the RAID properly from the beginning i.e. when you installed Windows you used F6 drivers, it seems you did not. 'IF' you installed as AHCI and after-the-fact changed or i.e. changed to RAID then the MBR (Master Boot Record) will become corrupted, and sure loads of BSODs, etc.

The 'Test' if Intel RSTE drivers are installed properly - BIOS change Intel SATA -> RAID and boot; the resulting BSOD is a tell tale sign you installed Windows 7 improperly and the very old basic (slower) Windows default AHCI driver is installed. Fix = Re-install the OS.

* Other X79's, My experiences with RAID + X79 are on ASUS, and looking at your download page - http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... you have a similar F6 driver set; Windows 7 SP1 lacks the X79 chipset RAID driver package.

* ASUS only, if you plan on using SSD Caching then Intel SATA -> AHCI and both the boot HDD and SSD Cache drive must be on 'NON Intel SATA ports' e.g. Marvell, ASMedia, etc; then install Windows normally none of the following pertains to you.

The fix is a PITA, you'll have to back-up all of your data and start from scratch including reformatting your drives to avoid MBR or GPT corruption, and if you have an SSD then it's best to Secure Erase it before installing the OS to insure optimal performance i.e. 'Factory State.' There is to my knowledge no other way.

There are (2) choices: MBR which is more compatible but if any of the HDD's are 2TB or larger then use GPT.

IMO I strongly advise you to create a custom MBR or GPT Flash Drive installer and in addition add the Intel RST driver "SATA RAID Driver (For system to read from floppy diskette during Windows installation)" uncompressed (unzipped) to the Flash Drive in a Folder called 'RAID' in the top directory. Problems have occurred using the DVD + Flash drive. Next, when requested by the Windows installer for the RAID driver open the folder 'RAID' and select the appropriate, I assume, 64-bit drivers and you'll be using the iaStorA.inf.

Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise drivers:
* Options, if your OEM doesn't offer the latest Intel RSTE drivers:
Download "Intel SATA Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode)" F6 Driver -> http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... and unzip folder.

You should able to use the latest Intel RST Enterprise drivers (Window and F6) driver package:
Intel RST Enterprise - http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&...
/ASUS and X79's uses Intel RST Enterprise.

** Safest option, especially if your OEM does offer the latest Intel RSTE drivers:
ASUS & perhaps others - as of the (edit date) ASUS seems to have updated their Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise driver software V3.0.0.xxxx (e.g. 3011) package so use ASUS drivers rather than accidentally using the wrong drivers.

Important note: I strongly recommend setting SATA -> RAID even if you plan to change to AHCI later. This completely avoids Windows from injecting wrong drivers during OS installations and that the procedure is followed properly.

Important note: I strongly recommend not loading the drivers from (2) different sources this is a KNOWN issue (e.g. Windows DVD + Flash Drive for drivers only). The problem 'might' be fixed if you reinsert the USB back where it was during the install, but to me this is a very bad way to correct a problem creating a dependency.

REVIEW FIRST - MBR/GPT/Windows 7 Install Guides -> http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-inst...
Requirements:
* Windows 7 ; all my installs have been using SP1 but I see no reason the original Windows 7 wouldn't work
* Flash Drive 4GB or larger, I recommend an 8GB+

Preparation MBR:
* Backup data and any registered Apps deauthorize if possible
* Use the latest BIOS and you must use a minimum BIOS version which supports your components.
* Create Bootable Flash Drive MBR USB installer
** Flash Drive -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcSVVPbzIno
* Create a folder on Flash Drive e.g. 'RAID' containing extracted Intel F6 RST drivers

Preparation GPT:
* Backup data and any registered Apps deauthorize if possible
* Use the latest BIOS and you must use a minimum BIOS version which supports your components i.e. 2TB+ HDD(s).
* Create Bootable Flash Drive GPT USB installer
** Flash Drive -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcSVVPbzIno
** Windows Installer for GPT -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDm8rWr3dV8
* Create a folder on Flash Drive e.g. 'RAID' containing extracted Intel F6 RST drivers


Important note: I strongly recommend before installing any OS that you run Memtest86+: Minimum of 2 passes and 4 passes is preferred. The X79 has a lot of DIMM slots and the risk of errors are effectively double, and I've seen several installations that were corrupted from RAM related issues. Create a bootable CD/DVD/USB of Memtest, use the latest version found here -> http://www.memtest.org/#downiso

FIX:
1. BOOT/BIOS:
A. Ctrl + I -> Deleted RAID
B. Boot using either Windows Installer or other Formatting boot utility and delete any partitions, and reformat ; non-boot drives
C. BIOS, change Intel SATA -> RAID ; options may include Hot-swap (fine for data, never boot drives)
D. Ctrl + I -> Setup RAID; before OS if boot drive
E. Save and Exit = Yes

2. Before Re-Installing:
A. Shutdown and physically unplug ALL SATA cables to any non-boot drives
B. SSD ONLY (optional but recommended) - SSD Secure Erase - http://blog.ocztechnology.com/?p=367 ; your SSD may have it's own tools e.g. Samsung offers 'Magician'.

3. Installing: Press F8 and Boot from USB, select 'Install now ->'
A. Select Custom (Advanced)
B. Click on Load Driver, Browse RAID drivers from 'RAID' folder; examples:
'Flash Drive':\...RSTe_V300xxxx_XPWin7\RSTe_V300xxxx_XPWin 7\Driver\Disk\64bit\iaStorA.inf
'Flash Drive':\...RSTe_3.0.0.xxxx_F6-Drivers\RSTe_f6_iaStorA_64\iaStorA.inf
C. Delete any partitions, and reformat
D. Install Windows
E. Finish Windows installation
F. Once in Windows: Install Chipset, Intel RST software/Drivers, and the remainder drivers.
TIP: drivers - use the latest per MOBO's website not the included drivers on the CD/DVD. Copy to primary drive and install.
TIP: drivers - place latest unzipped drivers on Flash Drive in a folder e.g. 'DRIVER PKG', at minimum the Chipset and NIC drivers.


4. Shutdown and reattach all SATA drives

5. BIOS:
A. Ctrl + I -> Setup RAID; if data drives

6. Windows:
A. Registry {note Start values must = 0}:
Either manually verify and change the following registry values or run 'Fix It' - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\IastorV
B. Management, Disk Management -- add drives and format; if data drives

Enjoy :sol: 
March 9, 2012 2:06:36 PM

I did install using the f6 drivers-- though i used ones from the gigabyte website. Wouldn't install to a raid disk without them. SHould be the same as the intel-- but i'll try reinstalling with the ones from the intel link you gave. And the GB mobo drivers didn't include the rst which is why i didn't think uninstalling would add much-- as i installed it after this BSOD problem already existed.

Given jdroflet's same problem with the same mobo/cpu/ram i want to think that it's some random hardware specific issue. When i get more time-- i'm gonna try switching out the memory to see if that makes a diff. Hate to not use this memory though-- it set me back >500.
a c 715 V Motherboard
March 9, 2012 3:11:36 PM

Assuming you used: "
Intel SATA Preinstall driver
(For AHCI / RAID Mode)
Note: Press F6 during Windows setup to read from floppy
3.0.0.1112 0.38 MB 2011/11/15 "


Meaning that Windows has properly installed. Random Shutdowns are different from a BSOD. If in the Event Manager [+] Critical is only 41/63's then that's a faulty MOBO or RAM. Try (1) stick per the manual.

Q - What exact BSOD's are you getting?
March 9, 2012 4:37:15 PM

I get the error 0x000000f4 "process of thread crucial to system operation has unexpectedly exited or been terminated." and it doesn't happen randomly-- it only happens when resuming from sleep. And it always happens when resuming from sleep-- in any stage except for full hibernation. Which if it were a bad or faulty mem module it would be unsual since the system stresses fine.
a c 715 V Motherboard
March 9, 2012 5:17:12 PM

An 'F4' without the additional information listed in the Event Manager is more less meaningless. I get you have a Sleep issue and it's a vanilla 'F4', but I also get that 9/10 you didn't re-install/install Windows 7 properly and 9/10 the MBR is corrupted; test by changing the BIOS to RAID and reboot and if BSOD then there no magical answer. Further, if you didn't follow the (F6) fix then that too adds one of countless possibilities.

'F4 Errors' Generic fixes:
1. Disable Sleep and Hibernation (If BTW you followed some lame SSD guide and already Disabled Hibernation -- then Duh, Hybrid Sleep requires it); Manually delete if present the 'hiberfil.sys' file. The turn-on both.
2. Update ALL drivers to the latest per Gigabyte (Test). Failure, then go to Intel and use the (Run Intel Driver Update Utility) http://downloadcenter.intel.com/default.aspx?lang=eng and update the drivers. Ditto with any HW component e.g. GPU, Add-on, USB, Printers, etc.
3. Sleep Diagnostics (see below)
4. Run MSCONFIG and select Diagnostic, reboot and Sleep using the Windows Key like Restart.
5. Disconnect ALL peripherals and start Disabling Sleep items like NIC's Power Management.
6. BIOS, use the latest.

Example, these are all different folks with all different reasons for their own 'F4' errors, pick one - http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itpr...

I know that if you improperly installed the OS that Sleep/Resume fails. I screwed-up once and completely forgot about the (F6) driver install which corrupts the MBR; same (my fault) errors. Then re-installed the OS and it's fine, but no guarantees; GA's are habitual S3+S4 problems.

First lesson, never install more than the OS + required drivers until you know the PC is bug free.

Changing any of the S-States in the BIOS will only pooch Hybrid Sleep.
--
Sleep Diagnostics:

Where I start:
Generate a report -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976034
Optional test Sleep with PassMark Sleeper -> http://www.passmark.com/products/sleeper.htm
MS Link - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976877
Window FAQ - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Sleep-and-h...
May 24, 2012 1:42:48 AM

Hallo,

Quick update & solution to a similar problem I had:

MB: Asus P9X79 Deluxe
CPU: i7-3960X
RAM: G.Skill RipjawsZ 8x4GB Kit, DDR3-2133
GPU: Gainward GTX-680 2GB
SSD: Kingston HyperX SSD 240GB SATA-3 + 2 Samsung SSDs
Optical: LG BH10LS

Problems I encountered:
* Windows 7 x64 Ulitmate installation failed after first reboot with message: registry cannot be found or is corrupted (installation from DVD)
* Graphics Card Driver Crashes frequently (following Windows 7 Installation from USB Flash Drive)
* Windows 7 would not boot anymore after removing the USB flash drive from the computer
* Impossible to get boot manager set-up with either GPT or MBR so that Windows 7 actually boots or finalizes the installation

Solution was simple but curious:
-> In the BIOS I saw yesterday already that the RAM Frequency was only at 1600, where my RAM is a 2133 model. So I tried to simply change that setting in the BIOS, but as a result on reboot the ASUS board replied that "overclocking failed"
-> So I found in another post (... apologies but lost the link...) that one should enable XMP feature in the BIOS. I did that and in addition removed the 2 Samsung SSDs too (which I had tried earlier and did not help)... and voilà, Windows 7 Installation worked like a charm.

Hope this this can spare some of you the headache....
Cheers,
ak
a c 715 V Motherboard
May 24, 2012 1:41:49 PM

^Enough >DDR3-1600 kits run poorly (aka throw error) when not running @ Rated frequency. The BIOS, often on ASUS, misreads 'SPD' information an you get 'OC Failed' from the BIOS. So yes, with one (1) kit if possible use XMP. Also, by default the SB-E will turbo 200MHz under with Defaults i.e. DDR3-1333.

Windows on LGA 2011 'should' be installed as I posted above.
July 15, 2012 2:16:58 AM

Thanks for your guide. Sorry to hijack though I think my question could answer others who are up and comers?

I installed SSD on the Sabertooth X79. Everything is working great. BIOS is set to AHCI. I did not initially set it to RAID so I presume no RAID drivers are installed.

QUESTION 1: If I want to set up RAID 5, my understanding from your directions is that I'd still have to 1) reformat the SSD, 2) set BIOS to raid, and following your outstanding guide, reinstall Windows 7, right?

QUESTION 2: If the answer above is yes, then to avoid that work, is there some sort of software that can mimick the raid without actually having complete upheaval?

Many thanks.
a c 715 V Motherboard
July 15, 2012 10:06:18 PM

chrikac said:
I installed SSD on the Sabertooth X79. Everything is working great. BIOS is set to AHCI. I did not initially set it to RAID so I presume no RAID drivers are installed.

Unfortunately, if you installed the OS with the Intel SATA -> AHCI and not RAID then RAID will never function properly in Windows 7 and more than likely once you set Intel SATA -> RAID it will BSOD. You'll need to start from scratch.

chrikac said:
QUESTION 1: If I want to set up RAID 5, my understanding from your directions is that I'd still have to 1) reformat the SSD, 2) set BIOS to raid, and following your outstanding guide, reinstall Windows 7, right?

Unfortunately, yes. I've tried the 'after-the-fact' and had no success. The Secure Erase is optional but for optimal performance on SSD's I recommend it or a full format i.e. not a Quick Format.

chrikac said:
QUESTION 2: If the answer above is yes, then to avoid that work, is there some sort of software that can mimick the raid without actually having complete upheaval?

You 'can' set up the RAID in the OS but IMO on the Intel X79 Chipset it's really not recommended. It's nothing that I'd do anyway; it will make your RAID slower and less reliable.

Yep, it sucks! On my Sabertooth X79 I completely forgot to set the Intel SATA -> RAID which is what propted me to write 'this' in the first place -- we all make oopsies :whistle: 
October 19, 2012 9:37:28 AM

Hi just a quick question, I have just finished installing RSTe drivers (F6) in Raid (bios) on a Samsung 830ssd sabertooth x79 and finished installing windows7 64bit professional and updating all drivers and running intel download utility. Everything is looking good, I have the Intel Rapid Storage Enterprise icon in the icons down on the taskbar. My question is should I change the SATA setting in Bios back to AHCI? I will be running the ssd and the other 3 hdd as single disks for video editing and will not be creating a raid. Trim is enabled. I have not attempted to check for updates to the firmware on my ssd as Samsung magician does not support it when in RAID mode apparently. Thanks for any advice.






jaquith said:
Alright, I 'assumed' that you installed the RAID properly from the beginning i.e. when you installed Windows you used F6 drivers, it seems you did not. 'IF' you installed as AHCI and after-the-fact changed or i.e. changed to RAID then the MBR (Master Boot Record) will become corrupted, and sure loads of BSODs, etc.

The 'Test' if Intel RSTE drivers are installed properly - BIOS change Intel SATA -> RAID and boot; the resulting BSOD is a tell tale sign you installed Windows 7 improperly and the very old basic (slower) Windows default AHCI driver is installed. Fix = Re-install the OS.

* Other X79's, My experiences with RAID + X79 are on ASUS, and looking at your download page - http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... you have a similar F6 driver set; Windows 7 SP1 lacks the X79 chipset RAID driver package.

* ASUS only, if you plan on using SSD Caching then Intel SATA -> AHCI and both the boot HDD and SSD Cache drive must be on 'NON Intel SATA ports' e.g. Marvell, ASMedia, etc; then install Windows normally none of the following pertains to you.

The fix is a PITA, you'll have to back-up all of your data and start from scratch including reformatting your drives to avoid MBR or GPT corruption, and if you have an SSD then it's best to Secure Erase it before installing the OS to insure optimal performance i.e. 'Factory State.' There is to my knowledge no other way.

There are (2) choices: MBR which is more compatible but if any of the HDD's are 2TB or larger then use GPT.

IMO I strongly advise you to create a custom MBR or GPT Flash Drive installer and in addition add the Intel RST driver "SATA RAID Driver (For system to read from floppy diskette during Windows installation)" uncompressed (unzipped) to the Flash Drive in a Folder called 'RAID' in the top directory. Problems have occurred using the DVD + Flash drive. Next, when requested by the Windows installer for the RAID driver open the folder 'RAID' and select the appropriate, I assume, 64-bit drivers and you'll be using the iaStorA.inf.

Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise drivers:
* Options, if your OEM doesn't offer the latest Intel RSTE drivers:
Download "Intel SATA Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode)" F6 Driver -> http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... and unzip folder.

You should able to use the latest Intel RST Enterprise drivers (Window and F6) driver package:
Intel RST Enterprise - http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&...
/ASUS and X79's uses Intel RST Enterprise.

** Safest option, especially if your OEM does offer the latest Intel RSTE drivers:
ASUS & perhaps others - as of the (edit date) ASUS seems to have updated their Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise driver software V3.0.0.xxxx (e.g. 3011) package so use ASUS drivers rather than accidentally using the wrong drivers.

Important note: I strongly recommend setting SATA -> RAID even if you plan to change to AHCI later. This completely avoids Windows from injecting wrong drivers during OS installations and that the procedure is followed properly.

Important note: I strongly recommend not loading the drivers from (2) different sources this is a KNOWN issue (e.g. Windows DVD + Flash Drive for drivers only). The problem 'might' be fixed if you reinsert the USB back where it was during the install, but to me this is a very bad way to correct a problem creating a dependency.

REVIEW FIRST - MBR/GPT/Windows 7 Install Guides -> http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-inst...
Requirements:
* Windows 7 ; all my installs have been using SP1 but I see no reason the original Windows 7 wouldn't work
* Flash Drive 4GB or larger, I recommend an 8GB+

Preparation MBR:
* Backup data and any registered Apps deauthorize if possible
* Use the latest BIOS and you must use a minimum BIOS version which supports your components.
* Create Bootable Flash Drive MBR USB installer
** Flash Drive -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcSVVPbzIno
* Create a folder on Flash Drive e.g. 'RAID' containing extracted Intel F6 RST drivers

Preparation GPT:
* Backup data and any registered Apps deauthorize if possible
* Use the latest BIOS and you must use a minimum BIOS version which supports your components i.e. 2TB+ HDD(s).
* Create Bootable Flash Drive GPT USB installer
** Flash Drive -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcSVVPbzIno
** Windows Installer for GPT -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDm8rWr3dV8
* Create a folder on Flash Drive e.g. 'RAID' containing extracted Intel F6 RST drivers


Important note: I strongly recommend before installing any OS that you run Memtest86+: Minimum of 2 passes and 4 passes is preferred. The X79 has a lot of DIMM slots and the risk of errors are effectively double, and I've seen several installations that were corrupted from RAM related issues. Create a bootable CD/DVD/USB of Memtest, use the latest version found here -> http://www.memtest.org/#downiso

FIX:
1. BOOT/BIOS:
A. Ctrl + I -> Deleted RAID
B. Boot using either Windows Installer or other Formatting boot utility and delete any partitions, and reformat ; non-boot drives
C. BIOS, change Intel SATA -> RAID ; options may include Hot-swap (fine for data, never boot drives)
D. Ctrl + I -> Setup RAID; before OS if boot drive
E. Save and Exit = Yes

2. Before Re-Installing:
A. Shutdown and physically unplug ALL SATA cables to any non-boot drives
B. SSD ONLY (optional but recommended) - SSD Secure Erase - http://blog.ocztechnology.com/?p=367 ; your SSD may have it's own tools e.g. Samsung offers 'Magician'.

3. Installing: Press F8 and Boot from USB, select 'Install now ->'
A. Select Custom (Advanced)
B. Click on Load Driver, Browse RAID drivers from 'RAID' folder; examples:
'Flash Drive':\...RSTe_V300xxxx_XPWin7\RSTe_V300xxxx_XPWin 7\Driver\Disk\64bit\iaStorA.inf
'Flash Drive':\...RSTe_3.0.0.xxxx_F6-Drivers\RSTe_f6_iaStorA_64\iaStorA.inf
C. Delete any partitions, and reformat
D. Install Windows
E. Finish Windows installation
F. Once in Windows: Install Chipset, Intel RST software/Drivers, and the remainder drivers.
TIP: drivers - use the latest per MOBO's website not the included drivers on the CD/DVD. Copy to primary drive and install.
TIP: drivers - place latest unzipped drivers on Flash Drive in a folder e.g. 'DRIVER PKG', at minimum the Chipset and NIC drivers.


4. Shutdown and reattach all SATA drives

5. BIOS:
A. Ctrl + I -> Setup RAID; if data drives

6. Windows:
A. Registry {note Start values must = 0}:
Either manually verify and change the following registry values or run 'Fix It' - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\IastorV
B. Management, Disk Management -- add drives and format; if data drives

Enjoy :sol: 

April 21, 2013 10:01:43 AM

ZZ did you fix the problem?

I have exactly the same GA-X79-UD3. I think the sleep did work OK right after I installed W7 x64. However later after 3 days of various tinkering with the system (including installing W7 SP1, VS2012, Oracle client etc) I found that sleep doesn't work and I got x000000F4 BSOD.

I have most of my drivers from Gigabyte except RSTe (got it from Intel and it is newer than the GB ones).

Somehow I could manage to rid off the F4 (sorry not much help but at least you know that this is feasible :) 

However I still cant use Sleep - it wakes OK, then I enter password, Ok and then it just hungs. I see the login screen and that's it.

I cant find anything in the event log or anywhere else so I don't even know what has happened.

Hibernate works fine.

P.S. I boot from Samsung 840 Pro SSD (single drive) and I have RAID1 with 2 regular HDDs (all 3 are connected to X79). The X79 storage mode is RAID.
January 18, 2014 11:12:27 PM

Yo jaquith, much thx to your post... it helped me get over the hump of a Win 8.1 Ent x64 install from scratch on a Asus Sabertooth x79 mobo with two Samsung 250GB SSDs in RAID1 via the onboard Intel IRST. The magic sauce for me was to **uNpLuG** ALL SATA cables (except the two SSDs and my BluRay player) from the mobo during the initial install of Win 8.1. I installed it via a 32GB SanDisk USB drive in a USB3 port. From start to finish it took me 11 minutes.

jaquith said:
Alright, I 'assumed' that you installed the RAID properly from the beginning i.e. when you installed Windows you used F6 drivers, it seems you did not. 'IF' you installed as AHCI and after-the-fact changed or i.e. changed to RAID then the MBR (Master Boot Record) will become corrupted, and sure loads of BSODs, etc.

The 'Test' if Intel RSTE drivers are installed properly - BIOS change Intel SATA -> RAID and boot; the resulting BSOD is a tell tale sign you installed Windows 7 improperly and the very old basic (slower) Windows default AHCI driver is installed. Fix = Re-install the OS.

* Other X79's, My experiences with RAID + X79 are on ASUS, and looking at your download page - http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... you have a similar F6 driver set; Windows 7 SP1 lacks the X79 chipset RAID driver package.

* ASUS only, if you plan on using SSD Caching then Intel SATA -> AHCI and both the boot HDD and SSD Cache drive must be on 'NON Intel SATA ports' e.g. Marvell, ASMedia, etc; then install Windows normally none of the following pertains to you.

The fix is a PITA, you'll have to back-up all of your data and start from scratch including reformatting your drives to avoid MBR or GPT corruption, and if you have an SSD then it's best to Secure Erase it before installing the OS to insure optimal performance i.e. 'Factory State.' There is to my knowledge no other way.

There are (2) choices: MBR which is more compatible but if any of the HDD's are 2TB or larger then use GPT.

IMO I strongly advise you to create a custom MBR or GPT Flash Drive installer and in addition add the Intel RST driver "SATA RAID Driver (For system to read from floppy diskette during Windows installation)" uncompressed (unzipped) to the Flash Drive in a Folder called 'RAID' in the top directory. Problems have occurred using the DVD + Flash drive. Next, when requested by the Windows installer for the RAID driver open the folder 'RAID' and select the appropriate, I assume, 64-bit drivers and you'll be using the iaStorA.inf.

Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise drivers:
* Options, if your OEM doesn't offer the latest Intel RSTE drivers:
Download "Intel SATA Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode)" F6 Driver -> http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... and unzip folder.

You should able to use the latest Intel RST Enterprise drivers (Window and F6) driver package:
Intel RST Enterprise - http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&...
/ASUS and X79's uses Intel RST Enterprise.

** Safest option, especially if your OEM does offer the latest Intel RSTE drivers:
ASUS & perhaps others - as of the (edit date) ASUS seems to have updated their Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise driver software V3.0.0.xxxx (e.g. 3011) package so use ASUS drivers rather than accidentally using the wrong drivers.

Important note: I strongly recommend setting SATA -> RAID even if you plan to change to AHCI later. This completely avoids Windows from injecting wrong drivers during OS installations and that the procedure is followed properly.

Important note: I strongly recommend not loading the drivers from (2) different sources this is a KNOWN issue (e.g. Windows DVD + Flash Drive for drivers only). The problem 'might' be fixed if you reinsert the USB back where it was during the install, but to me this is a very bad way to correct a problem creating a dependency.

REVIEW FIRST - MBR/GPT/Windows 7 Install Guides -> http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-inst...
Requirements:
* Windows 7 ; all my installs have been using SP1 but I see no reason the original Windows 7 wouldn't work
* Flash Drive 4GB or larger, I recommend an 8GB+

Preparation MBR:
* Backup data and any registered Apps deauthorize if possible
* Use the latest BIOS and you must use a minimum BIOS version which supports your components.
* Create Bootable Flash Drive MBR USB installer
** Flash Drive -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcSVVPbzIno
* Create a folder on Flash Drive e.g. 'RAID' containing extracted Intel F6 RST drivers

Preparation GPT:
* Backup data and any registered Apps deauthorize if possible
* Use the latest BIOS and you must use a minimum BIOS version which supports your components i.e. 2TB+ HDD(s).
* Create Bootable Flash Drive GPT USB installer
** Flash Drive -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcSVVPbzIno
** Windows Installer for GPT -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDm8rWr3dV8
* Create a folder on Flash Drive e.g. 'RAID' containing extracted Intel F6 RST drivers


Important note: I strongly recommend before installing any OS that you run Memtest86+: Minimum of 2 passes and 4 passes is preferred. The X79 has a lot of DIMM slots and the risk of errors are effectively double, and I've seen several installations that were corrupted from RAM related issues. Create a bootable CD/DVD/USB of Memtest, use the latest version found here -> http://www.memtest.org/#downiso

FIX:
1. BOOT/BIOS:
A. Ctrl + I -> Deleted RAID
B. Boot using either Windows Installer or other Formatting boot utility and delete any partitions, and reformat ; non-boot drives
C. BIOS, change Intel SATA -> RAID ; options may include Hot-swap (fine for data, never boot drives)
D. Ctrl + I -> Setup RAID; before OS if boot drive
E. Save and Exit = Yes

2. Before Re-Installing:
A. Shutdown and physically unplug ALL SATA cables to any non-boot drives
B. SSD ONLY (optional but recommended) - SSD Secure Erase - http://blog.ocztechnology.com/?p=367 ; your SSD may have it's own tools e.g. Samsung offers 'Magician'.

3. Installing: Press F8 and Boot from USB, select 'Install now ->'
A. Select Custom (Advanced)
B. Click on Load Driver, Browse RAID drivers from 'RAID' folder; examples:
'Flash Drive':\...RSTe_V300xxxx_XPWin7\RSTe_V300xxxx_XPWin 7\Driver\Disk\64bit\iaStorA.inf
'Flash Drive':\...RSTe_3.0.0.xxxx_F6-Drivers\RSTe_f6_iaStorA_64\iaStorA.inf
C. Delete any partitions, and reformat
D. Install Windows
E. Finish Windows installation
F. Once in Windows: Install Chipset, Intel RST software/Drivers, and the remainder drivers.
TIP: drivers - use the latest per MOBO's website not the included drivers on the CD/DVD. Copy to primary drive and install.
TIP: drivers - place latest unzipped drivers on Flash Drive in a folder e.g. 'DRIVER PKG', at minimum the Chipset and NIC drivers.


4. Shutdown and reattach all SATA drives

5. BIOS:
A. Ctrl + I -> Setup RAID; if data drives

6. Windows:
A. Registry {note Start values must = 0}:
Either manually verify and change the following registry values or run 'Fix It' - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\IastorV
B. Management, Disk Management -- add drives and format; if data drives

Enjoy :sol: 
!