readme.txt Driver File Contents (39320R_bios_4300.exe)

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=     README.TXT for the Adaptec Ultra320 Family SCSI Controller    =
=                                                                   =
=                   PnP/BBS BIOS Version 4.30.0                     =
=                      P/N 2005506-00 Rev. AA                       =

The following information is available in this file:

   1. Supported Hardware
   2. Version History
   3. Installation Instructions
   4. Know Issues
   5. BIOS Boot Specification (BBS) system

1. Supported Hardware

   The following Adaptec SCSI controllers are supported by this
   version of BIOS code base. A SCSI BIOS has been pre-programmed 
   in the Flash chip at the factory.  To obtain latest BIOS update, 
   please visit our web site at

   Note: According to PCI specification, an optional ROM BIOS with
         a matching PCI Device ID is needed for each individual SCSI 

   Ultra320 Controller         Description
   Adaptec SCSI Card 39320-R   Dual Channel 64-bit PCI-X 133MHz to
                               Ultra320 SCSI Card (one external 68-
                               pin, two internal 68-pin connector).

2. Version History

   (V4.30.0, Sep 2003) Add support for Adaptec AIC-7901B, Adaptec 
   SCSI Card 29320A, Adaptec SCSI Card 29320ALP, and Adaptec SCSI
   Card 39320(B).  Add feature to skip unrecoverable read error 
   on source drive during rebuilding an array.

   (V4.25.0, June 2003) Add RAID-10 and global spare support.

   (V4.20.0, April 2003) Add support for Adaptec SCSI Card 39320A and 
   (V4.10.1, September 2002) Add HostRAID feature along with support
   for Adaptec SCSI Card 39320, Adaptec SCSI Card 29320, Adaptec SCSI 
   Card 29320LP, and AIC-7901A.  
   (V4.00.0, May 2002) This is the initial release for Adaptec
   Ultra320 SCSI product (Adaptec SCSI Card 39320D and AIC-7902A4).

   2.1. Known facts:

        - The firmware used for Ultra320 is larger than previous
          BIOS releases.  Therefore, he following operations have
          been transferred from BIOS to the device driver:
          - BIOS will not negotiate 320MB/sec transfer rate.
          - BIOS will not negotiate 160MB/sec transfer rate.
          - BIOS will not perform Packetization.
          - BIOS will not perform QAS - Quick Arbitration Selection.
          - BIOS will not perform DV - Domain Validation.

          Note: BIOS will negotiate up to 80MB/sec transfer rate.

3. Installation Instructions

   Follow these instructions to install the SCSI controller.

   3.1. Instruction to add SCSI controller to your computer:

        1) Turn OFF power to the computer and disconnect the 
           power cord.

        2) Remove the case cover from the computer.

        3) Locate an unused 64-bit (or 32-bit) PCI-X (or PCI) 
           expansion slot (the slot must support Bus Master 
           data transfers); unscrew and remove the metal bracket 
           that covers the card-slot opening.  Save the screw to 
           use when securing SCSI Card in your computer.

        4) Insert the SCSI Card in the PCI/PCI-X expansion slot.
           Press it down firmly so that the contacts are securely
           seated in the slot.

        5) When the SCSI Card is firmly seated in the expansion 
           slot, secure the metal bracket of the SCSI Card with 
           the screw you removed in step 3.

        6) Check each SCSI device ID that going to connect together
           on the same SCSI bus/channel.  Each of them must have an 
           unique SCSI ID.  Refer to SCSI ID jumper setting from
           each hardware manufacturer manual.

           Note: The SCSI card is preset to ID 7; therefore, set
                 attached SCSI device from 0 to 6 or 8 to 15.
        7) Connect the appropriated cable with the correct amount
           of terminator to complete the installation.  Refer to
           Installation Guide and User's Reference manual for 
           more instruction on these topic.

   3.2. Instruction to start SCSI BIOS and invoke SCSISelect(TM):

        1) Connect power cord and turn on your computer.

        2) Adaptec SCSI BIOS banner should appear on the screen.
        3) Hold down the CTRL key while press the A key to invoke
           SCSISelect(TM) utility.

        4) Select the SCSI channel/controller and press Enter key.

        5) Change SCSI controller configuration to meet your 
           requirement.  Refer to User's Reference manual for
           more information.

        6) Press ESC key(s) to exit SCSISelect(TM) utility.

4. Know Issues

   4.1. Due to memory constraints in RAIDSelect when configuring a 
        RAID, users are able to mark a RAID as bootable on both 
        channels in a multi channel environment.  The system will boot 
        from the array that was marked last.  

   4.2. With the following systems, if you have a hard drive & CD-ROM 
        drive attached to your Adaptec SCSI controller you cannot boot 
        from the hard drive or CD-ROM:
        - Gateway P4 with system BIOS version GB85010A.15.0028.P09
        - Compaq WS AP240 PIII-600Mhz Intel 440BX Compaq 686W8 11/1/99
        - Dell Dimension XPS R400 PII-400Mhz Intel 440BX Phoenix4.0R6.0A13
        - Dell PowerEdge 1300 PII-400Mhz (x2) Intel 440BX Phoenix 1.10A05

        Note: Disabling Bootable CD-ROM support in SCSISelect(TM) may 
              allow system to boot from hard drive.

   4.3. With the following systems, if you have a hard drive & CD-ROM 
        drive attached to your Adaptec SCSI controller you cannot boot 
        from the CD-ROM:   
        - FIC SD11 AMD Athlon 600 Mhz AMD 750 AMI v1.17 9/10/99
        - HP LH3000 PIII-733MHz(x2)ServerWorks ServerSetIII Phoenix4.06.24
        - Compaq SP700 PII-450Mhz XEON (x2) ServerWorks ServerSet III
        - Compaq 686W6 6/21/99
        - Compaq Workstation SP700 PII-400 XEON Compaq 8232702C 
        - Compaq 686W6 2/9/99

   4.4. In certain ASUS ServerWorks RCC ServerSet III-HE Intel Pentium 
        III motherboard, the BIOS cannot scan devices while in slot 7. 
        The issue is caused by noise on the bus.  Move your Adaptec SCSI 
        controller to another slot should resolve this issue.
   4.5. With the following systems, time-out failures have occurred 
        during BIOS scan using the 64-bit slots.  Moving the SCSI 
        controller to a 32-bit slot resolves this issue.
        - HP Kayak XU800 PIII-800/i840/AMI vIA.11.10US 7/2/2001
        - SuperMicro P3DRE AMI BIOS v1.18

   4.6. The following systems exhibit insufficient system resources:
        - Fujitsu Primergy H200 
        - Gateway Select1400 Athlon 1.4GHz/512MB/VIA/AMI 
        - Gateway Professional S Series/P4-1.4GHz/256MB/i850/AMI
        - Intel SRPL8 - PCI Config Error & system hangs at SCSI Banner.
        - IBM NetFinity 7100 - PCI device resource allocation failure.
        - IBM Netfinity 5000 Intel Pentium III IBM BIOS MOKT44AUS Rev.21
        - IBM eServer xSeries 235 Intel P4 IBM BIOS v1.04
        - IBM eServer xSeries 335 Intel P4 Xeon IBM BIOS v1.04        

   4.7. The following system BIOS is defaulted not to initialize 
        optional ROM in PCI slot.  Enable optional ROM scan in CMOS 
        resolve this issue.
        - NEC Express 5800/180RA-7, Phoenix 6.0.0037

   4.8. System hangs or system BIOS reports "Expansion ROM not  
        initialized" or "PCI device resource allocation failure". Change  
        Single-image master controller in SCSISelect(TM) to the last 
        controller should resolve this issue.

   4.9. System fails to detect the ASC-39320A in any slot during 
        Option ROM scan at POST.  This is due to system doesn't 
        provide the proper required PCI voltage to operate 39320A.
        - Compaq DeskPro 0400H PIII-500Mhz Intel 440BX Chipset, Compaq BIOS

   4.10. Having 2 or more bootable raids on one or two channels is out of

5. BIOS Boot Specification (BBS) system

   5.1. Various system BIOSes implement BIOS Boot Specification (BBS) 
        differently.  Frequently, some system BIOSes limit the number 
        of bootable devices for each adapter.  SCSI products, such as 
        the ones produced by Adaptec, generally support more devices 
        than this limit.  When the user actually connects more devices 
        than the supported limit, these system BIOSes behave 
        erratically, and may actually hang the system.  Please contact 
        your system BIOS vendor for support.


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