Readme.txt Driver File Contents (

Readme file for RocketRAID 1540/1542 Serial ATA RAID Controller
Device Drivers and RAID Management Software

Copyright (C) HighPoint Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Last updated on Feb 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. Device Mapping Order
5. Known Problems

1. Software Version

    BIOS version: v1.23s
    Driver version: v1.23s
    ATA RAID Management Software version: v2.32
    Operating Systems:
       Windows 98/ME
       Windows NT 4.0
       Windows 2000
       Windows XP
    GUI Compatibility:
       Driver/BIOS v1.21s can be used with GUI v2.0/v2.1 if there is no RAID 0
       or RAID 0/1 that has block size larger than 64K. If you use block size
       larger than 64K, you must use GUI v2.3 or later.

2. Files Listing
    Readme.txt                  This file
     |_ load.exe                BIOS loading utility
     \_ bios374s.123            controller BIOS
    Drivers                     Driver disk
     |_ win98_me                Windows 98/ME driver
     |_ win_nt                  Windows NT 4.0 driver
     |_ win_2k                  Windows 2000 driver
     |_ win_xp                  Windows XP driver
     |_ disk1                   Driver disk label
     \_ txtsetup.oem            Windows NT/2k/XP setup file

3. Revision History

   v1.23s 02/18/2003
         * Fix ATA/133 and ATA/150 timing
         * Fix hptpro.sys compatibility with NIS 2003
	 * Fix SMP bug

   v1.21s 07/16/2002
         * Port to Serial ATA controller

   v1.21 03/10/2002
         * Add support for stripe size 128K-2M
         * Performance improved
         * 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
         * Fix BIOS compatibility issue with Adaptec SCSI

   v1.2  12/08/2001

         * Performance improved
         * Fix GUI re-open bug when rebuilding an array
   v1.1  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. Device mapping order

  The device mapping order in system is same as BIOS setting utility. The disk
  marked as "BOOT" will always be mapped as first SCSI disk. Please keep it in
  mind when installing Windows NT/2K/XP, otherwise OS may be installed to wrong

5. Known Problems

  * Install OS to devices attached to RocketRAID 1540/1542 controller

    Before installing OS to devices attached to RocketRAID 1540/1542 controller, 
    you must remove the drives connected to other controllers from your system 
    temporarily. After OS installation complete, you can put them back.

  * Device driver update

    Since RocketRAID 1540/1542 Controller is a dual-function PCI chip, when
    updating the driver, you must update it for both functions following their
    order as being shown in Windows device manager. 
  * ACPI S3 mode is not supported
    ACPI S3 mode standby can not work due to hardware limitation. Please don't
    enable S3 mode in system BIOS.

  * IRQ issue for multiple controller in one system

    If you use 2 RocketRAID 154x controllers in one Windows system, it is 
    recommended to use same IRQ for them in order to get better performance.

  * Moving disks to other controllers

    When you want to use disks previously attached to RocketRAID 1540/1542
    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.
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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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