readme.txt Driver File Contents (

Readme file for RocketRAID 1520 Serial ATA RAID Controller
BIOS and Device Drivers

Copyright (C) HighPoint Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Last updated on Nov 18, 2003

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. Revision History
4. BIOS Update
5. Known Problems

1. Software Version

    BIOS version: v2.36s
    Driver version: v2.36s
    Operating Systems:
       Windows 98/ME
       Windows NT 4.0
       Windows 2000
       Windows XP
       Windows 2003

    GUI Compatibility:
       This driver can work with HighPoint RAID Management Software v2.32
       or later.

2. Files Listing
    Readme.txt                  This file
     |_ load.exe                BIOS loading utility
     \_ 372v236.s5e             controller BIOS
    Drivers                     Driver disk
     |- win98_me                Windows 98/ME driver
     |  |_ hpt3xx.inf
     |  |_ hpt3xx.mpd
     |  |_ hptpwr.vxd
     |  \_ hptwrap.vxd
     |- win_nt                  Windows NT 4.0 driver
     |  |_ hpt3xx.inf
     |  \_ hpt3xx.sys
     |- win_2k                  Windows 2000 driver
     |  |_ hpt3xx.inf
     |  |_
     |  |_ hpt3xx.sys
     |  \_ hptpro.sys
     |- win_xp                  Windows XP/2003 driver
     |  |_ hpt3xx.inf
     |  |_
     |  |_ hpt3xx.sys
     |  \_ hptpro.sys
     |- disk1                   Driver disk label
     \_ txtsetup.oem            Windows NT/2k/XP/2003 setup file

3. Revision History

   v2.36s 11/18/2003
         * Fix S-ATA HDD timing compatibility

   v2.35s 07/18/2003
         * Fix for HCT testing
         * Reduce BIOS size to 48K

   v2.34s 01/06/2002
         * Fix for ATA/133 and ATA/150
         * Fix hptpro.sys compatibility with NIS 2003
         * Fix SMP bug
         * Fix PCI 66 read/write bug

   v2.32s 05/17/2002
         * Port to Serial ATA controller

   v2.31 01/09/2002
         * Performance improved
         * Fix BIOS compatibility issue with Adaptec SCSI
         * Fix Seagate Barracuda III and IV mode to ATA100
         * Show capacity by 1G=1,000,000,000 Bytes
         * Fix BIOS bug "drive capacity incorrect after deleting a broken array"

   v2.3  12/20/2001
         * Add support for stripe size 128K-2M
         * Support multi controller
         * Modify driver for HPT370/370A compatibility
         * Fix reading ATA/133 disk error when PCI clock is lower than 33MHz
         * Fix compatibility problem with Intel IAA driver under Windows ME
         * Fix BIOS compatibility issue with MSI845 mainboard

   v2.2  12/08/2001

         * Performance improved
         * Fix GUI re-open bug when rebuilding an array
   v2.1  11/15/2001
         * Add 48bit LBA (Big Drive) support
         * Fix BIOS display problem on S3 display adapter
         * Fix BIOS BBS support
         * Fix Windows ME hibernating problem

4. BIOS Update

  To update BIOS for RocketRAID 1520 adapter, you can use HighPoint BIOS loading

5. Known Problems

  * Install OS to devices attached to RocketRAID 1520 controller

    Before installing OS to devices attached to RocketRAID 1520 controller, you must
    remove the drives connected to other controllers from your system temporarily.
    After OS installation complete, you can put them back.
  * Windows XP upgrade installation
    When doing an upgrade installation of Windows XP (before Service Pack 1)
    with RocketRAID 1520 controller, Windows XP will use HPT370 driver in its
    driver package and prevent user to specify a new driver. To solve this 
    problem you can do the upgrade as below:
    1. Run XP upgrade program in a running system.
    2. When setup finished copying files and ask reboot, DO NOT reboot.
    3. Open WinXP temporary installation folder ($WIN_NT$.~BT)  and search for 
       txtsetup.sif file.
    4. Open txtsetup.sif with Notepad, remove the line "hpt3xx=hpt3xx.sys,4" 
       under section [scsi.load] by adding a semicolon before that line. 
    5. Save the file and reboot.
    6. Start XP setup as normal. When setup prompt "Press F6 to add SCSI driver",
       press F6 and specify the new driver to be loaded.
    7. During text-mode setup, Windows XP may still copy the built-in HPT370 driver
       to the final Windows installation's System32\Drivers directory. To use the
       new driver, you must replace the old one before you continue into graphic-mode
       setup. This can be done by booting from a DOS floppy if you are using FAT 
       or FAT32 file system; if you use NTFS file system, you have to use some 
       other method to replace the built-in driver.
    There are more information about this issue on Microsoft support site:;en-us;Q225125;en-us;Q220845

  * Moving disks to other controllers

    When you want to use disks previously attached to RocketRAID 1520 controller
    on other controllers, please first delete any array information on the 
    disks. Otherwise your data may be lost when you want to put it back later.

  * Rescanning disks

    There is a limitation for the refresh function in RAID Management Software.
    If you remove a disk from the controller but the software does not notice this
    event, it is also unable to notice the event when you plug another disk back
    to that location. You must force a refresh action before changing the disk.

  * Problem on two disks with same signature under Windows 98/ME
    If you break a RAID 1 array into two single disks without destroying data and 
    use both of them under Windows 98/ME, Windows will behave abnormally since
    there are two volumes with same Windows signature. To solve the problem, boot
    into MS-DOS mode and run "fdisk /mbr".
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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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