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Adaptec AHA-2940U SCSI

Hey, this is an easy one.  When installing Windows, I am told to press F6 to install a SCSI hard drive.  For 20 points, give me the file I need to install to have Windows install itself onto my SCSI drive via this controller.

Thanks a whole lot.
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garycaseCommented:
Even easier than you think --  Adaptec does NOT have drivers to download for a 2940U with XP, because XP has embedded support for this controller.   So you do NOT need to press F6 and install any drivers :-)

Here's what Adaptec does have available (note they only go through Win 2000):
http://www.adaptec.com/worldwide/support/drivers_by_product.jsp?sess=no&language=English+US&cat=%2FProduct%2FAHA-2940UW&prodkey=AHA-2940UW

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radomirthegreatAuthor Commented:
Windows recognizes the drive but cannot access it.  The drive is shown as "unconfigurable," and it has 0M.
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garycaseCommented:
Is the SCSI chain properly terminated?
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MarkCommented:
Gary, I believe the link you posted was for the AHA-2940uw
http://www.shopping.com/xPF-Adaptec_Adaptec_AHA_2940UW_PCI_Ultra_SCSI_for_MAC
not the AHA-2940u http://store.shentech.com/adah50pinscc.html

radomirthegreat, can you identify exactly which one you have in there.
 
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garycaseCommented:
Actually, they're the same drivers -- but you're correct;  I was "looking around" to see if there were any XP drivers, and posted the link for the UW page;  here's the 2940 link, which if you look carefully you'll see refers to the same set of drivers:
http://www.adaptec.com/worldwide/support/drivers_by_product.jsp?sess=no&language=English+US&cat=/Product/AHA-2940
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MarkCommented:
Finally found the AHA-2940 ultra. Adaptec sure doesn't make it easy to track it down. http://www.adaptec.com/worldwide/support/techspecs.jsp?sess=no&language=English+US&prodkey=AHA-2940AU&cat=%2fProduct%2fAHA-2940AU&fromarea=prod
If you follow the links to the right,they changed the name to AHA-2940AU just to screw us up I guess.

Also found an installation guide and its for both the U and UW versions http://download.adaptec.com/pdfs/installation_guides/aha2940v220_ig.pdf
Might be something in there to help.
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radomirthegreatAuthor Commented:
All right.  Thanks a lot for everyone's participation.  I have an AHA-2940U W/HP with perhaps the .134.3 revision because the BIOS chip reads 34.3.

Sparkmaker, thank you very much for the great links & tips.  How do I use the exe file to set up the card to let the Windows installation process see the hard drive properly?

The hard drive is recognized perfectly by the controller, and entering the Adaptec's BIOS, I was able to do a low-level format.  I have that card with a SCSI-3 Ultra 160 LVD 68-pin cable leading to the hard drive, a 10K rpm 320 converted to 160.  I also have plugged in a SCSI-3 Terminator (HDB68 F INT), or SCS-5480.

It all seems fine, but Windows sees the hard drive as a 0MB disk.  Did all the info help?
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garycaseCommented:
The driver's sparkmaker linked you to are:

(1)  the exact same drivers at the first link I provided -- look in the Windows 2000 section

and

(2)  for Windows 2000, NOT XP  (as I noted before, XP does NOT need drivers for this card -- they are already included in XP's set of "known" drivers)

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garycaseCommented:
... the link I initially provided also has a direct link to "Set-up & installation" that links to the same installation guide sparkmaker linked you to :-)
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garycaseCommented:
... as I've already told you, the issue here is NOT the drivers.   SOMETHING is not setup correctly with the drive -- either the termination is not right;  the jumpers are set incorrectly; the cable's bad;  or either the drive or controller are defective.
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radomirthegreatAuthor Commented:
Do you know why XP doesn't recognize the hard drive's space if the drivers are already included?
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radomirthegreatAuthor Commented:
I posted that before I saw that last comment.  I'll check the termination, jumpers, and such.  Thanks a lot.
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radomirthegreatAuthor Commented:
Hello.  The Adaptec is set to device 0 in its BIOS, and the hard drive is jumpered to device 1.  There's a terminator just after it.  Is that all that is needed?  Are there certain settings to set up if I use a terlminator?  I'll type out the options if you'd like.  This adaptec didn't come with an instruction manual.
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garycaseCommented:
The last device should have a terminator -- and it sounds like you have one on the hard drive, so that should be correct.   ... and apparently is since the SCSI BIOS recognizes the drive okay.

... Does the SCSI controller show up okay in Device Manager?  (with no yellow exclamation points)    ... what about the disk drive?

... and have you gone to Disk Management (right-click on My Computer; select Manage; then click on Disk Management) and right-clicked on the SCSI drive to see if it offers to initialize the drive?   If so, all you need to do is initialize it; partition it; and format it.
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radomirthegreatAuthor Commented:
I'm trying to do a fresh install, actually, so I don't have a device manager to go to.  However, I will set up Windows now to do what you just suggested.  Hopefully, that will help.  Thanks a lot.
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radomirthegreatAuthor Commented:
Hello.  I booted up to Windows, and in Device manager, neither the controller nor the drive have exclamation marks.  However, Disk Management does not show the hard drive.  I went to the Device Manager, and there it read that the volume is unreadable and the size is unknown.  Would you happen to know what I should do next?  Is there still a chance that it's improperly set up even now?

Thanks.
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garycaseCommented:
Well, I can only think of 3 things to try:

(1)  Try the drive on another SCSI controller;

(2)  Try another SCSI drive on your controller;

(3)  Try using the Windows 2000 drivers (this is not likely to help -- especially since (a) XP isn't supposed to need drivers for this card; and (b) it already indicates the card is installed correctly in Device Manager)
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radomirthegreatAuthor Commented:
Hey, I have an update.  The drive is dead.  It spins, but it cannot read/write anymore.  It makes horrible clicking noises on startup and when shutting down.  However, the controller is still good, so I'll just keep it for my next victim.

Thanks a lot for helping me through this.  I don't know why the hard drive died all of a sudden, but at least it rid me of the issues I was having trying to install an OS on it.
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MarkCommented:
Garycase has given the answer to the driver location inhis first post  and reason what the problem may be in his post on 05/07/2006 10:08PM ADT
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radomirthegreatAuthor Commented:
Hey, guys.  Thanks a lot for the great participation.  I'll give Garycase the points, then.  Have a great weekend.
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