Readme.txt Driver File Contents (

Readme file for RocketRAID 231x/230x SATA Controller BIOS

Copyright (C) HighPoint Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Last updated on Jul 10, 2009

Please review this file for important information about compatibility issues and
differences in operation that were discovered after our product manuals were
created. In case of conflict among various parts of the documentation set, this
file contains the most current information.

Note: The latest firmware and product documentation will be available for
download at

This file is divided into the following major sections:

1. Software Version
2. Files Listing
3. Updating BIOS
4. Revision History

1. Software Version

    BIOS version: v2.5

2. Files Listing
    Readme.txt        This file
    load.exe          Flash utility for DOS
    hptflash.exe      Flash utility for Windows
    rr231xpm.v25      BIOS image file for RR231x.
    rr230xpm.v25      BIOS image file for RR230x.
    7042pm.v25        BIOS image file for RR231x/230x with PCI ID 0x704211AB.

      This BIOS release supports up to 16 member drives per array.

3. Updating BIOS

    The flash utility (load.exe) is used to update controller BIOS.
	load.exe must run under pure DOS environment. It cannot run in a DOS box
	on Windows system. You should boot from a DOS floppy without any device

    The following command line is used to launch the flash utility:

         load.exe [options] [filename]

    Command line options:

         /Q           Silent mode. The program will not prompt for you to
                      confirm the flashing process.

         /V           Verbose mode. The program will show more detailed
                      information about the flashing process.

         /S <bus>     Only search adapters on specified PCI bus. <bus>
                      specifies the PCI bus number (a value from 0 to 255).

         /D <device>  Only search adapters for specified PCI device number.
                      <device> specifies the PCI device number (a value from
                      0 to 31).

         /C           Configure BIOS parameters before updating.

    The Windows flash utility can be used to update controller BIOS under
    Windows. It requires the controller driver to be installed first.

4. Revision History

   v2.5  07/10/2009
       * Fix problem on some motherboards where device ID changes across reboots
       * Fix boot failure issue when disable sinlge BCV entry.

   v2.4  11/11/2008
       * Fix drive detection on some Seagate 1TB models.

   v2.3  03/26/2008
       * Fix wrong display of initialized legacy disk with boot mark.
       * Add warning when enable stagger spin up feature.
       * Change OS partition signature when deleting array.
   v2.2  10/08/2007
       * Fix RAID0 member disk over 2T overflow issue.
       * Fix EBDA reallocate issue if other SCSI controller also reallocate it.
       * Support single disk over 2T.
       * Add RAID50 Support.
       * Add Variable Sector Size support.

   v2.01  06/06/2007
       * Fix over 10T RAID creation.
       * Fix boot failure from CDROM on MSI E7230 Master-FA4R MB.
       * Fix ST3500630AS detect issue in ST5600/ST6600 PM enclosure.

   v2.0  03/15/2007
       * Support Port Multiple up to X5.

   v1.12 11/30/2006
       * Fix PCI bus hang when booting on ASUS K8N-DRE motherboard.
       * Change display name to "231x".

   v1.11 09/27/2006
       * Reduce stack usage.
       * Fix WD3200KS detection.

   v1.1 02/13/2006
       * Add support for RR1640/RR18xx arrays

   v1.0 11/18/2005
       * First release
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How To Update Drivers Manually

After your driver has been downloaded, follow these simple steps to install it.

  • Expand the archive file (if the download file is in zip or rar format).

  • If the expanded file has an .exe extension, double click it and follow the installation instructions.

  • Otherwise, open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start menu and selecting Device Manager.

  • Find the device and model you want to update in the device list.

  • Double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.

  • From the Properties dialog box, select the Driver tab.

  • Click the Update Driver button, then follow the instructions.

Very important: You must reboot your system to ensure that any driver updates have taken effect.

For more help, visit our Driver Support section for step-by-step videos on how to install drivers for every file type.

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