updating Dell version of Samsung pm830 firmware

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  1. burtal

    burtal Notebook Enthusiast

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    any step by step on how to use that app ?

    what file do we upload ? and where we put it back

    Works from CXM03D1Q?
     
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  2. tijgert

    tijgert Notebook Evangelist

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    Just upgraded my PM830 512GB CXM03D1Q version to the CXM03D1T version.
    Worked flawlessly. I haven't benched before or after as I did it to hopefully never see that Watchdog BSOD again.
    Just reporting it works just fine for the above mentioned SSD. Carry on :)
     
  3. Relik

    Relik Newbie

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    Is there anyone that has a copy of the CXM03D1T firmware still available? I desperately would like to try it as I have a CXM03D1Q drive that became incredibly slow. Now what's strange about it is I also had another D1Q drive that did the same thing, but I was able to get it back to full speed. This one just won't come back.

    Symptoms: Very slow access time - 9 ms avg, compared to usual 0.1 when it is working properly through SSD-Z. This results in 1 MB/s random reads and writes (4K), but I can still get 100-150 MB/s sequential speed. Due to the slow random speed, the drive is nearly useless.

    I believe I have the exact problem that D1Q was released to fix, but Dell only released it to people reporting the problem during the warranty period. It was shared here, but multiupload.nl has been dead for a year.

    Please if anyone has CXM03D1T available, upload it to mega, share on google drive, etc and then post the link.
     
  4. mchris

    mchris Newbie

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    I found this link somewhere in this thread and it still works.
    However I was unable to flash my PM830. The process starts but results in an error. Tried three times.
    Hope you have better luck!
    https://doc-10-60-docs.googleuserco...9599577163758099/0B4HvIGs5gZaTdkkxallnVWgtVHM

     
  5. Relik

    Relik Newbie

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    I'm getting access denied on that link. Tried another browser and it had me sign in using Google credentials and says
    HTTP 403 error
    Microsoft Edge can’t get to this page


    Can you upload the file you downloaded anywhere else for me?
     
  6. mchris

    mchris Newbie

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    Ok, I'll try with Dropbox:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/4ps634rwnyoxd5g/CXM03D1T_ZPE.EXE?dl=0

     
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  7. Relik

    Relik Newbie

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    Thank you so much for the firmware. It did install but the bad news for me is it didn't fix the slowdown bug that is present on my SSD. It still has a 9.2 millisecond average response time compared to 0.133 ms on an identical working Samsung drive.

    I will tell you this regarding the fact that you said your upgrade results in an error. The upgrade file of yours ONLY upgrades the drive if it is currently running firmware CXM03D1Q (You can decode DSRD.enc file to see this). Any other current firmware and it will fail. So if you are running some other firmware you will need to upgrade to CXM03D1Q first. I can't even find that firmware posted anywhere and both of my drives were already running 03D1Q when I got them used.


    Successful upgrade:
    [​IMG]


    Powered off and booted Windows. SSD-Z still shows EXTREMELY slow random access and transfer times.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Look at the IOPS for the first 3 results. See the average response time going down greatly? And with enough queue depth, the drive responds almost as fast as a normal one.

    That is how I know it's some kind of SSD bug because the SSD's CPU is locked up in some kind of idle loop. If you throw enough requests at it, it stops doing whatever background task is seizing it up and devotes itself to responding to SATA requests. It acts almost normal for that brief length of time.


    For reference, here is an identical PM830 in another computer of mine:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    IOPS of 11,078 for random read with queue depth of 1. That's 100 times faster than the screwed up drive.

    Now the strangest thing is that the "working" drive did the same thing a while back, slowed to 9 ms access time, but then it went back to normal after I attempted to flash a hacked firmware (03B1Q) and it failed . It has been normal ever since. The failed drive has been slow for 2 months now and no matter what I have done it remains slow.
     
  8. Relik

    Relik Newbie

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    UPDATE : 5 MONTHS LATER

    The screwed up PM830 finally fixed itself. For anyone else, the solution seemed to be this:

    1) Installed PM830 in secondary bay of a laptop and formatted NTFS
    2) Ran 3 separate instances of H2testw, each one using different destination folder on SSD. First one, 4096 MB endless verify. Second, 4096 MB endless verify. Third, select all available space, endless verify. Ran all three simultaneously for about 4 hours.
    3) Stopped all instances and left laptop powered on (never sleep), but nothing was using that drive for 7 days.
    4) Decided to check drive again using SSD-Z and found full performance restored. The drive now has the same 78k IOPS @ ~308 MB/s performance as the working one.

    I'll never buy a re-branded SSD again (i.e. Dell version of Samsung PM830 like this one).
     
  9. Hammerfest

    Hammerfest Notebook Geek

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    So, can someone make proper instructions either for flashing to B1Q or D1T... (like what files to use, I can use Rufus to make a DOS bootable with Freedos, but after that, dsrdgui0/dsrd241/dsrd1_0 dont work... dsrd241 will show one of the drives when I hit Y the second time it flash's to fast but says something about not seeing the firmware folder/file...)

    I am having no luck at all!

    3 drives with mixed CXM02D1Q and CXM03D1Q firmware, cannot seem to get either firmware to update to B1Q or D1T...

    Tried with the dell installer, tried with the ISO installer, tried with the installer from Samsung Magician 4.8 (attempting to get the one from 3.2, but no systems below win 10), no joy...
     
  10. Relik

    Relik Newbie

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    I'll try to help.

    First tip : It would be good to get the 2D1Q drive(s) OFF DELL FIRMWARE and on to 03B1Q. Here is the download link for the file I have : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fKSpcBuJySOFWAxdj8RvDrPxye9h4lLH/view?usp=sharing

    This is supposed to work on 2D1Q and 1D1Q firmware drives although I never was able to use it because mine were at 3D1Q. If this doesn't work for you, then the only thing you can do is go to 3D1Q IF you can find that firmware update somewhere.

    Second is that you'll have to go from 3D1Q to 3D1T using that dropbox link several posts above. You cannot go to Samsung retail firmware from 3D1Q (that I have found and I spent a LOT of time on it)

    It's important you extract with directories so that it looks like the following. This is from the 3D1T zip.

    If you still need this file, I have it. It looks like the dropbox link above still works though.

    Code:
     Directory of L:\
    
    04/02/2012  03:50 PM    <DIR>          .
    04/02/2012  03:50 PM    <DIR>          ..
    04/02/2012  01:19 PM               117 DSRD.enc
    07/27/2011  11:42 PM           478,448 DSRD241.EXE
    04/02/2012  03:50 PM    <DIR>          FW
    09/20/2010  12:57 PM            17,028 int_ahci.drv
    09/20/2010  12:57 PM            15,576 int_ich.drv
                   4 File(s)        511,169 bytes
    
     Directory of L:\FW
    
    04/02/2012  03:50 PM    <DIR>          .
    04/02/2012  03:50 PM    <DIR>          ..
    04/02/2012  03:50 PM    <DIR>          CXM03D1T
                   0 File(s)              0 bytes
    
     Directory of L:\FW\CXM03D1T
    
    04/02/2012  03:50 PM    <DIR>          .
    04/02/2012  03:50 PM    <DIR>          ..
    04/02/2012  01:19 PM           524,288 MCXNF.enc
                   1 File(s)        524,288 bytes
    
         Total Files Listed:
                   5 File(s)      1,035,457 bytes
    
    I used these updates on a USB bootable flash drive formatted with DOS startup.
     
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