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Old 09-09-2020, 09:10 AM   #1
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Default ME Firmware Cleaning Guide

Here`s a quick ME Firmware cleaning guide.

This is intended for members who have never cleaned the ME firmware before but are willing to try it for themselves.

The guide is basic,its main goal is to show you how to use intel FIT,its highly recommended that you all follow the guide posted at win-raid

(The attached FIT version is 11, if your ME Firmware (FW) is not 11.0.*.* follow the win-raid guide. Use the tools version for your ME FW, for example: ME System Tools v9.1 For systems running ME v9.0 - v9.1)


A video,software (intel FIT) and practice bios are all included. I`ll post a better video and more advanced guide at a later date.


1. Open the bios with MEAnalyzer and check the ME firmware version

(The latest ME Analyzer releases are on Github,https://github.com/platomav/MEAnalyzer/releases )
Thank You platomav

2. Find the matching ME firmware and rename to ME Region.bin

3. Start Flash Image Tool (FIT) and open the bios

4. Change "Generate Intermediate Files" to no and save as untitled.xml .Close FIT

5. Copy or move the ME Region.bin to the decomp folder, overwriting the original

6. Start FIT again,open the untitled.xml file, click on Build,Build Image .

7. outimage.bin is the bios with clean ME firmware, rename it if you want

8. Open the bios with MEAnalyzer,it should say Configured (only ME FW 11 and above will say configured)

9. Job done

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How to clean ME Region on Apple machines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exfG5Iywmjk .Thanks piernov

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For a more detailed,in depth guide:

Guide-How To: Clean Dumped Intel Engine (CS)ME/(CS)TXE Regions with Data Initialization https://www.win-raid.com/t1658f39-Gu...alization.html .A huge thanks to plutomaniac

Intel (CS)ME, CS(TXE), CS(SPS), PMC, PHY & PCHC:
Firmware Repositories

https://www.win-raid.com/t832f39-Int...ositories.html

Intel Management Engine: Drivers, Firmware & System Tools
https://www.win-raid.com/t596f39-Int...tem-Tools.html

Intel Trusted Execution Engine: Drivers, Firmware & System Tools
https://www.win-raid.com/t624f39-Int...tem-Tools.html

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Attached Files
File Type: zip 2020-09-08 18-08-27.zip (25.07 MB, 2613 views)
File Type: zip Flash Image Tool.zip (6.26 MB, 2983 views)
File Type: zip 11.0.0.1180_CON_H_D0_PRD_RGN.bin.zip (1.36 MB, 1416 views)
File Type: rar ME_Analyzer_v1.148.4_r209.rar (4.99 MB, 3321 views)
File Type: rar GL752VL REV2.1.rar (3.76 MB, 1650 views)

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Old 09-12-2020, 04:02 AM   #2
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Default Re: ME Firmware Cleaning Guide

MS Surface no touchscreen after cleaning ME Firmware **FIX**

https://www.badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=104153

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Old 09-12-2020, 04:03 AM   #3
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Old 09-12-2020, 01:40 PM   #4
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Clear steps to take , thank you SMDFlea
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Old 09-13-2020, 01:38 PM   #5
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Really nice job smdflea.
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Old 09-13-2020, 01:50 PM   #6
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Thanks brother for all this useful informations
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Old 09-13-2020, 02:01 PM   #7
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A thousand thanks. Makes for a good reading and learning even if you don't do the cleaning, lots of good info.
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Old 09-13-2020, 04:20 PM   #8
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Thank you. Can you please make a guide on how to extract EC?
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Old 09-13-2020, 04:45 PM   #9
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Great job thank Mr smdfela
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Old 09-14-2020, 04:40 PM   #10
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Thank you
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Old 09-15-2020, 05:52 PM   #11
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Default Re: ME Firmware Cleaning Guide

Checking the resulting outimage.bin with the infamous me_cleaner.py tells me that "The AltMeDisable bit is NOT SET"

How is the ME cleaned then? Will your steps prevent it from loading or....? Please excuse my lack of knowledge.

My ME version is 10.x.x.x and using ME_Analyzer, there is nothing to indicate whether the image is "configured" or not, that piece of info is simply missing/omitted from the results. Your test bin says "initialized" before the cleaning and is ME ver. 11.x.x.x. Maybe ME ver 10.x.x.x doesn't even have the option to be "configured"?

I will test my outimage.bin later on tonight to see how the ME behaves.

Thanks for the clear steps and all the tools and info provided, much appreciated.

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Old 09-15-2020, 06:01 PM   #12
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nice post meybe to experiments for the clean me
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Old 09-15-2020, 06:53 PM   #13
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OK, I read part of the in-depth guide you linked to and the goal, it says, is to prepare the bios.bin for flashing on similar machines. I was under the impression that this guide would strip away the ME so that it is disabled. For those who want to "disable" ME on your machines, this is not the guide to follow. There is nothing good about the ME, just another way big brother may keep a watchful eye over you. It's kinda creepy now that I think about it and I'm sure violates some human rights.
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Old 09-22-2020, 12:16 AM   #14
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Default Re: ME Firmware Cleaning Guide

Tried several times without success with ME 11 or later especially after ME 12 release, found many board trouble with that bios.
Maybe someone can help to explain where is important part doing this ( Clear ME 11 & Later )
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Old 09-25-2020, 05:16 AM   #15
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great job, thank you
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Old 10-13-2020, 03:57 AM   #16
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What happens if file system already said configured instead of initialized?

when i open bios file ( dumped one) it says file system configured.

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Old 10-13-2020, 04:22 AM   #17
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hi,

if you need Intel CSME firmware repository pack for 11.8.50 ,please find below compressed file.
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File Type: rar Intel CSME 11.8 Firmware Repository Pack r6.rar (16.82 MB, 916 views)

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Old 10-13-2020, 05:58 AM   #18
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What happens if file system already said configured instead of initialized?

when i open bios file ( dumped one) it says file system configured.
It means the ME firmware is already cleaned.
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Old 10-13-2020, 05:59 AM   #19
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hi,

if you need Intel CSME firmware repository pack for 11.8.50 ,please find below compressed file.
Thanks, you`ll find a link in the first post to all the repositories

https://www.win-raid.com/t832f39-Int...ositories.html
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Tried several times without success with ME 11 or later especially after ME 12 release, found many board trouble with that bios.
Maybe someone can help to explain where is important part doing this ( Clear ME 11 & Later )
Which part in particular are you getting stuck with
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