Pavilion 15-akXXX Intel Gaming Notebook (2015)

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  1. X610

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    Can we check by some means - even optically- what is going on? For instance if PCIe support has an extra circuit or driver or chip or something. I am more than willing to take it apart again to check.

    I hope they didn't merely used it as a SATA port, relying on the fact that that ASUS mobo supported PCIe+NVMe and still did not recognize the SSD.

    *Sigh*
     
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    Look for the pins that make no contact when a B+M-keyed module is inserted. These are (most likely) PCIE lanes 2 and 3. Also, look for pins 29, 31, 35 and 37 - if these are connected, that suggests PCIE support at least in hardware. (Pins 41, 43, 47 and 49 are shared between SATA and PCIE lane 0. 29, 31, 35 and 37 are PCIE lane 1.)

    EDIT: Here is the pinout of the M-keyed M.2 slot in the Pavilion: https://pcisig.com/sites/default/fi...s_interface_for_SSD_Socket_2_and_Socket_3.pdf
    Save it before they take it down! ("Socket 3" is the one relevant for us.)
     
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    Thank you for the link, I saved it. The notebook I had it open again a few days ago and took some pictures back then. From the looks of it, it seems that it really is just a bloody SATA connector. Only hope is for the rest of the connectors to be on the other side of the motherboard, but I really doubt it. Could it be possible?
    I soon intend to displace the motherboard and flip it just to see if the rest of the connections lie on the other side, cause I really feel so betrayed by HP.
    I used to have an ASUS N751JK for a while (corporation's ownership) that was older than the HP, cheaper too although 17", and had full PCIe x4 support.

    edit: Sorry, here is the photo:
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    Remove the SSD, and check the connections under it.

    I agree, if it's really just a glorified SATA plug, it's a betrayal of both buyers and standards. SATA-only ports should, per spec, be B-keyed, if they are even allowed - an M-key is visual indication of PCIEx4 (as opposed to PCIEx2 for all other keys).
     
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    Okay I disassembled it again and as far as I can see the needed connections are not present. I wish I am wrong. Could there be any intermmediate circuit layers that are not visible?
    Since photobucket is down due to problems I uploaded the photos to tinypic. Please check them out.

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    Hi Guys

    Is there anybody who have different than f.71 BIOS installer? Newer or older? May I have BIOS related issues and I would like to try something. i know the HP removed the BIOS download section for this model. Any link would be nice, thank you.
     
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    Thank You, Anybody gets WHEA-Logger Event ID 17 in Event Viewer?
     
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    Yes it's there occasionally as a warning.
     
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    Thx for your answer, it seem skylake bug
     
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