[Discussion] Firmware for Asmedia USB 3.0/3.1 Controllers

I had a lot of struggle to readout the flash chip with 104xfwdl.exe and I even put the card in a second PC all with the same results.
I have remove the chip from the board and did a dump with a flash programmer.
See my edited post with the firmware dump file.
In a hexeditor you can see in the header “2104B_RCFG” which is for the 1042A
Use it at your own risk !

Ok the SECOND firmware dont works, i dont need to flash it bcs already ASM104_MPTool (in Windows) says NO with a CRASH… the DOS backup with 104xfwdl.exe actually quite simple… copy all the files in the RAR that i send you on a bootable stick and execute backup.bat in DOS… but if ASM104_MPTool cant find your card in Windows you dont need to boot into DOS.

And i tested the backup in DOS it worked with all Firwares that i flashed on the chip… and tested the files in windows with ASM104_MPTool … maybe something else is wrong in this whole thing… that i dont know… i only saw 128kb files and 64kb firmwares… and when i flashed a 64kb file the backup was 128kb… i dont know… but i see we have fun. :slight_smile:

I flashed the file u send me GD25Q21B@SOP8_strix_raid_pro_flash-dumb
and in DOS the Updater “104xfwdl” says it is version 130704_10_F5_01 and flshed it, without problems.
i made a Backup of the File in DOS with 104xfwdl and it comes out a 128kb file
with firmware version 120507_00_10_1B
DE0_101B.rar (214 Bytes)

In Windows MPTool it says the same firmware version 120507_00_10_1B is on the card now.
Amazing and funny…
But the card is still working and shown in Windows device manager.
Lets see tomorrow if the card shows up from a cold boot…

So your card is recognised again by flashing the firmware ?
I think this is somewhat off topic, schould we create a new topic about resurecting (de-bricking) the ASUS STRIX RAID PRO soundcard ?
Let me know what you think and how we schould name it.

Nah the card is not in device manager…sometimes working sometimes not… im done with it

I think the asm1042a is the culprit, after some time they malfunction or totally die.
Already have removed the chip from the PCB.
I gona order a new chip and replace it and if you like I can keep you updated.

Ye do it.

I found a solution on a russian site how to get your ASUS Strix Soar or RAID PRO or RAID DLX
Soundcard back to work.
I made a english tutorial on the asus ROG site…
Link: ASUS ROG FORUM

Hi FlasherBasher,

Thank you for your help, however I did the (capacitors removal) modification and it has not helped.
It is clearly that the USB BRIDGE is not recognised during the boot.
Although in another system with different motherboard the card works with or without modification.

I also removed the ASM1042A chip and replaced with a new one and this also did not help !!

Why does the card work on some motherboards and others not ?

In the past I used to use the card on a Asrock Z97 Anniversary mainboard and it always was working nicely till one day, the only thing I could do to make it work again was to clear the CMOS and it started working again for some days and again I had to start over to clear CMOS.

So why are these issues happening ?

I dont know