Thread: Problems with scsi card
May 27th, 2002, 06:31 PM #1
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Problems with scsi card
Here's the scoop, my brother has an Adaptec SCSI card, and I think it's AHA-2940UW. What happened was he flashed the bios according to the directions and now it won't boot and it's driving him nuts. Is there any way he can re-flash it and bring it back to life? thanks in advanced
May 30th, 2002, 01:39 AM #2
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Ya know this card is no longer manufactured? Support is here
Have him remove the scsi card & install in another slot/reboot just maybe it then will be "seen" again
May 30th, 2002, 01:47 AM #3
Usually (and unlike motherboards or storage devices) you can force flash a badly flash SCSI card. However he needs to find out how to do it.
May 30th, 2002, 03:55 AM #4
It could be that the flash only turned off the Boot BIOS during post. Look for a dos util that will allow you to turn the boot BIOS back on during post.
May 30th, 2002, 04:23 AM #5
I found the following on adaptec's website. Looks like hitting Ctl - A repeatedly will bring up SCSI controller bios options which includes reenabling the SCSI BIOS during bootup. I remember a DOS utility or driver switch option that would also do this but I can't find a reference to it... anyways you might want to try the following procedure:
I was in the process of updating the BIOS on a SCSI controller card and during the Flashing process the BIOS upgrade failed to complete.
My card no longer works and I cannot see the BIOS Banner during the POST (Power On Self Test) cycle of the computer and the controller now fails.
I was in a process of upgrading my controller BIOS and it failed. Now I can not detect my controller when I boot the system. It will not even post the BIOS message. I attempted to restore the BIOS, but it failed to detect the card. How can I resolve this issue?
This information applies to the following products:
Adaptec SCSI Card 39160, Adaptec SCSI Card 29160, Adaptec SCSI Card 29160LP, Adaptec SCSI Card 29160N, Adaptec SCSI Card 19160, Adaptec PowerDomain 39160, Adaptec PowerDomain 29160, Adaptec PowerDomain 29160N, AHA-2930U2, AHA-2940U2, AHA-2940U2W, AHA-3940U2, AHA-3950U2, AHA-2940UW Pro, AHA-2940UW, AHA-2944UW, AHA-3940AUW, AHA-3940UW, AHA-3940UWD, AHA-2930UW
This could be caused by any factor like a resource conflict (I/O, Memory address), timing in the PCI Bus or simply an interruption during the flash process.
You can try retrieving the controller by re-flashing the controller BIOS on another computer. Make sure there are "NO" SCSI device/s attached on the controller during the flash upgrade. The easiest way to do this is to disconnect any and all interface cables attached to the controller while the system is in a turned off.
If you don't have another computer, then try disconnecting all devices attached on the controller and attempt to restore the first previous BIOS that was on the controller.
If this also fails to bring the controller back from the dead.
Disconnect all controllers inside your computer. Leave the video card and the SCSI card as the only cards in your system (this will avoid a possible conflict during the upgrade process.)
- Attempt to re-flash the controller and see if it is successful.
If you power up the system and the SCSI BIOS still does not post on your screen, then reboot the system again and press "Ctrl-A" continuously after the memory count. Press in both buttons in increments of 2 seconds apart and despite what may be showing on the screen, keep on pressing it until boot process completes.
- If the SCSI Select BIOS message appears and you're able to access the utility:
· Go to "Configure View Host Adapter Settings"
· Go to "Advanced Configuration Options"
Make sure "Host Adapter BIOS" and "Display Ctrl-A Message" is enabled.
- If the BIOS or SCSI Select message does not appear at all, then it may be that the controller is either defective or has failed.
May 30th, 2002, 03:52 PM #6
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Thanks for all your replies, I have tested the card in my computer, and like cadetstimp's second reply, that is what's happening to the computer. I will print it out, and show him, and maybe we can re-salvage it
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