Readme.txt Driver File Contents (rr18xx-v116.zip)

Readme file for RocketRAID 182x/181x SATA Controller
BIOS and Device Drivers

Copyright (C) HighPoint Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Last updated on Feb 24, 2005

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 http://www.highpoint-tech.com

This file is divided into the following major sections:

1. Software Version
2. Files Listing
3. Revision History
4. Device Mapping Order
5. Driver Parameters
6. Known Problems

1. Software Version
====================

    BIOS version: v1.16
    Driver version: v1.16
    
    Operating Systems:
       Windows NT 4.0
       Windows 2000
       Windows XP
       Windows 2003
       Windows 2003 for AMD64
       Windows 98/ME (NO OS INSTALLATION SUPPORT)

    GUI Compatibility:
       This driver can work with HighPoint Storage Management Software v3.01
       or later.

2. Files Listing
=================
    Readme.txt                  This file
    BIOS             <DIR>
     |_ load.exe                BIOS loading utility
     \_ rr18xx.116              Controller BIOS
    Drivers                     Driver disk
     |_ win98_me     <DIR>      Windows 98/ME driver
     |_ win_nt       <DIR>      Windows NT 4.0 driver
     |_ win_2000     <DIR>      Windows 2000 driver
     |_ win_xp       <DIR>      Windows XP driver
     |_ win_2003     <DIR>      Windows 2003 driver
     |_ amd64        <DIR>      Windows AMD64 driver
     |_ disk1                   Driver disk label
     \_ txtsetup.oem            Windows text mode setup file


3. Revision History
====================

   v1.16 02/24/2005
       * Fix over 2TB capacity display error
       * Fix a reset condition under heavy I/O load
       * Support HDD power up in standby mode
       * Fix inf file for Windows AMD64

   v1.15 11/05/2004
       * Add RocketRAID 181x controller info
 
   v1.14 10/20/2004
       * Windows PAE support
       * Report 2TB for array capacity over 2TB

   v1.13 09/07/2004
       * Update for fail LED support (PCB v1.2)
       * Performance updates
       * Fix 8 HDD Windows NT installation fail issue
       * Fix RAID5 hang issue on multi-controllers

   v1.12 07/09/2004
       * Update for buzzer control

   v1.11 06/04/2004
       * Fix BIOS EBDA reallocation error
       * Fix low write performance issue on some MB
       * Support setting optional HDD features

   v1.1  03/30/2004
       * Improve RAID5 performance
       * Fix LED function

   v1.04 02/19/2004
       * Add support for 88SX5081B2 IC
       * Improve RAID5 write performance

   v1.02 01/12/2004
       * AMD64 support
       * Performance updates
       * S.M.A.R.T support for single drives

   v1.01 11/10/2003
       * Add support for 88SX5081B1S IC
       * Add "PIO mode only" option in BIOS
       * Add BIOS support for FreeBSD boot loader
       * Fix I/O error on JBOD array
       * Fix a memory leaking condition for RAID5

   v1.0  09/30/2003
       * First release


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
  location.

5. Driver Parameters
=====================

  On Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 system, you can pass parameters to driver by the 
  following registry key:
  
     HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Service\hptmv\Parameters\Device
     
  Under this key, create a string value named "DriverParameter" and set the 
  value to the parameter string (without quotation mark).
  
  Available parameters:
  
     "TCQx=1" or "TCQx=0"
        Enable/disable TCQ support, where x is channel number - 1 (0~7).

     "smart=1" or "smart=0" 
        Enable/disable S.M.A.R.T support.
     
  Multiple settings can be seperated by semicolon, e.g. "tcq1=0;tcq2=1;smart=1".

6. Known Problems
==================

  * Windows Driver v1.0 can not work with new controller BIOS
  
    RocketRAID 182x Windows driver v1.0 will hang up system if you update 
    controller BIOS to v1.01 or later. Please update driver before you update
    controller BIOS.

  * Install OS to devices attached to RocketRAID 182x/181x controller

    Before installing OS to devices attached to RocketRAID 182x/181x controller, you
    must remove the drives connected to other controllers from your system 
    temporarily. After OS installation complete, you can put them back.

  * Moving disks to other controllers

    When you want to use disks previously attached to RocketRAID 182x/181x 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.
  
  * Windows 98/ME system support
  
    The controller BIOS can't work on Windows 98/ME; you can't install Windows
    98/ME on RR182x/181x controller. To use the controller driver on Windows 98/ME, 
    press "END" key after the controller BIOS screen is shown during system boot;
    or use "load.exe /c" to disable "INT 13 support" in controller BIOS.
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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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