readme.txt Driver File Contents (

QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter Stor Miniport Driver for Windows Server 2003


1.    OS Support
2.    Supported Features
3.    Creating the Driver Diskette or Folder
4.    Installing the Driver
4.1.  Initial OS installation with the QLogic Adapter as Boot
      or as an add-On adapter.
4.2.  Adding the QLogic Adapter to the existing OS
4.3.  Updating the Existing QLogic Driver 
5.    Removing the Driver
6.    Additional Notes
7.    Driver Package Content
8.    Contacting QLogic


1. OS Support 

This release of driver works with Windows Server 2003.


2. Supported Features 

*  PnP interface 
*  Point-To-Point F port, FL port, N port and Arbitrated Loop
*  FC Tape
*  Reduced Interrupt Operation


3. Creating the Driver Diskette or Folder

1. Locate the driver you want on the QLogic website
   ( From the "Quick Links" drop down menu,  
   select FC HBAs option, and then select the HBA for which you want 
   to download drivers.
2. Seclect the correct operating system from the Drivers and management 
   Software List
3. Select the (miniport) driver you want to download.
4. If prompted "Would you like to open the file or save it to your
   computer?" choose "Save".  Specify a temporary location on the 
   hard drive and download the driver and exit your web browser.
5. Insert a blank diskette in the diskette drive A: if you are
   extracting to a diskette.
6. Run the self-extracting file you just downloaded specifying
   A:\ for "Unzip To Folder:" or to the folder where driver files
   will be located.


4. Installing the Driver

The operating system manages and controls the driver installation
process, and driver has to follow the process dictated by the 
operating system and cannot deviate from it.

This section covers the most common ways of installing and upgrading
the driver, it merely repeats what is provided by the operating 
system. Please consult the operating system manuals for using other

This section is divided into the following three sections.
1. Initial OS installation with the QLogic Adapter as Boot
   or as Add-On
2. Adding the QLogic Adapter to the Existing OS
3. Updating the existing QLogic Driver


4.1. Initial OS installation with the QLogic Adapter as Boot
     or as an add-On adapter

This procedure requires the system to be equipped with a floppy drive.
Follow the procedure below to initially install Windows on the 
boot disk attached to the QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter: 

1. Start Windows installation procedure using the Setup 
2. Press F6 if you see the message

       Press F6 if you want to install a third party SCSI or RAID 
       Driver ...

   After all the standard devices have been loaded, press S to Specify
   Additional Device. 
3. Insert the QLogic software diskette and press ENTER. 
4. Select the  QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter and press ENTER.  
   (For Windows 2003 Press S=Use the driver on floppy. Screen display
   "Setup will load support for the following mass storage device (s). 
   Qlogic Fibre Channel Adapter. Press Enter=Continue."  Press Enter.
5. Continue with standard installation procedure. 


4.2. Adding the QLogic Adapter to the existing OS 

This procedure requires the system to be equipped with a floppy drive 
and configured with the latest Service Pack and Windows Update.
Perform the following steps to add the driver to the existing Windows
system. QLogic Fibre Channel Adapters are devices that are 
Plug and Play compatible to your computer. The step-by-step procedure
to install a Plug and Play device is: 

1.  Connect the device to the appropriate slot on your computer 
    according to the device manufacturer’s instructions. 
2.  Restart or turn on your computer. 
3.  When your computer comes up, Windows will detect the newly 
    installed device by displaying the Found New Hardware with Fibre
    Channel Adapter message and start the Found New Hardware wizard
    program to start the process of installing a device driver for the
    newly installed device.
4.  Insert the QLogic Software Diskette into drive A: 
5.  Select Install the software automatically (Recommended).  
    Click Next.
6.  Click Finish on the Completing the Found New Hardware Wizard.
7.  If you are prompted with the message: 

         System Settings Change.  Windows  has finished installing
         a new devices.  The software that supports your device 
         requires that you restart your computer.  You must restart
         your computer before the new settings will take effect.

         Do you want to restart your computer now?
    Click Yes to restart the computer right away.

*  If when the system comes up and Windows 2003 installs the driver 
   for the newly added Qlogic Adapter automatically without prompting 
   you for a selection, i.e. Windows 2003 already installs inbox driver,
   then go to "Updating the Existing QLogic Driver" section below.


4.3. Updating the Existing QLogic Driver

Perform the following steps if the driver is already installed and
you want to install an updated version of the driver.

1.  Start the Device Manager by clicking Start, clicking Control Panel, 
    clicking System applet, clicking Hardware tab, and clicking the 
    Device Manager button.
2.  Use scroll bar to scroll down the list of hardware types, double 
    click the SCSI and RAID controllers.
3.  Select  QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter from the devices list and 
    then click Properties. 
4.  Click the Driver tab, and then click Update Driver to start the 
    Upgrade Device Driver Wizard.  Click Next.
5.  Select Install from a list or specific location(Advanced). click
6.  Select Don't search I will choose the driver to install. Click Next.
7.  If you have a QLogic Software Diskette then insert into drive A: 
    and click Have Disk.
8.  On the Copy manfacturer's files from, type in

       A:\ or choose the folder where driver files are located.

    and click OK. 
9.  When the Hardware Update Wizard/Select a Device Driver dialog box
    displays, click Next.
10. When the Hardware Installation dialog box displays, select Continue
12. Click Finish on the Hardware Update Wizard/Completing the 
    Hardware Update Wizard.


5. Removing the Driver

To uninstall a Plug and Play device:

*   Turn off your computer and remove the device from your computer 
    according to the manufacturers instructions. 

*   You do not normally have to use the Device Manager or the Hardware
    wizard to uninstall a Plug and Play device. After you have removed
    the device from your computer, and you have restarted your 
    computer, Windows will recognize that it has been removed. 


6. Additional Notes

*   To ensure the driver function properly, the driver changes some
    of the system related registry entries such as the disk timeout value
    of the system disk driver during driver installation through the use
    of the OEMSETUP.INF file.  Those values are not being restored upon
    driver removal.


7. Driver Package Content

The following files on this diskette support Windows: 

1.  AREADME.TXT       - API Readme
2.  OEMSETUP.INF      - Driver installation script
3.  QLOGIC            - Driver Package identification file 
4.  QL2300.CAT        - Catalog file
5.  QL2300.SYS        - QLogic Fibre Channel miniport driver
6.  QLSDM.DLL         - QLogic API
7.  QL2XHAI2.DLL      - QLogic HBA API 2.0 Library
8.  README.TXT        - This file 
9.  TXTSETUP.OEM      - Driver installation script for text mode 


8. Contacting QLogic

Please visit QLogic's website ( On this site 
you will find product information, our latest drivers and links for 
technical assistance if needed.


    Copyright (c) 1998-2005 QLogic Corporation. All rights reserved. 
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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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