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Adaptec 39160 SCSI Controller - Firmware, v.BIOS v3.10, A03
Adaptec 39160 SCSI Controller BIOS
Release Date 5/6/2003
Importance: Recommended
Version: BIOS v3.10,A03

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Adaptec 39160 SCSI Controller BIOS

Level of Importance:Recommended

Dell recommends applying this update during your next scheduled update cycle. The update contains feature enhancements or changes that will help keep your system software current and compatible with other system modules (firmware, BIOS, drivers and software).

Important Information

In order to create this diskette, the file must be downloaded to and executed on a system running Microsoft Windows. *NOTE: If the 39160 HBA is NOT the boot controller in your system, it is highly recommended to disable INT13h support (done in the SCSISelect boot time utility - invoked by pressing 'Ctl-A' when prompted to do so during POST) for the 39160 adapter, since this could impact interoperation with the boot controller.


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Applies to

  • 39160 SCSI Controller - Firmware

Fixes & Enhancements

Includes all fixes and enhancements in Dell Special code stream and Adaptec Service Pack code stream (listed below): 3.0 New Features: -Single Image -Supports Int 13h extension : check extension present, AH=30h -Supports SCSI pass through; Int 13h AH=50h -PnP header table limit is obtained from system BIOS that support the function "Get Device Count". - key to toggle color/monochrome video display mode will be removed -In the Host Adapter Configuration screen, the 'SCSI Termination Level' information will be removed -In the Boot Device configuration screen, the 'Select SCSI Peripheral from which to boot' option will not be available to the systems that support BIOS Boot Specification (BBS). -In the Boot Device Configuration screen, another option will be added to configure the master channel for the single image feature; for the Ultra160 dual channel chip, either function can be the master -In the Advance Configuration Options screen, POST display mode will support silent, normal and diagnostics menu -In the Advance Configuration Options screen, 'BIOS support Int 13h extension' will be removed -In the Disk Utilities screen, the device capacity will displayed up to XXX GB -In the Disk Utilities screen, the format progress will be displayed if the drive does support progress status bytes in the sense key 3.10 New Features: -EFI legacy compliance Bugs Fixed: - More robust PnP checking - El Torito AH=4Ch, Initiate disk emulation and boot - Allocate EBDA as needed during runtime INT 13h calls - Fresh installation hangs on Win2k due to conflict with CHIM code - Display capacity for SAFTE

Installation instructions

Custom Instructions for 160FW310.exe: 

NOTE: For PV725N users, please refer to the online documentation "Upgrading your 39160 SCSI card firmware" available in the PV725N User Guides section of

Floppy Disk Boot to Disk for 160FW310.exe

IMPORTANT NOTE: For Netware & Linux Users, this diskette creation 
file must be downloaded to and executed on a system running Microsoft 
Windows 9x or above in order to create the bootable floppy disk.
1.	Click Download Now, to download the file.
2.	If the Export Compliance Disclaimer window appears, click 
Yes, I Accept this Agreement.
3.	When the File Download window appears, click Save 
(Windows XP users will click Save) this program to disk and click OK.  The 
Save In: window appears. 
4.	From the Save In: field, click the down arrow then click to 
select Desktop and click Save.  The file will download to your desktop.
5.	If the Download Complete window appears, click Close.  
The file icon appears on your desktop.

Hard Drive Floppy Disk Creation
1.	Get 1 blank, formatted floppy disk.
2.	Double-click the new icon (it looks like a floppy diskette) on 
the desktop.  The Self-Extractor window appears.
3.	Click Setup.  A black MS-DOS window appears with a 
message indicating that you need 1 floppy diskette.
4.	Press the [ENTER] key.
A message appears prompting you to insert a blank floppy diskette. 
Insert a floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
5.	Press the [ENTER] key.  A message appears indicating that 
all data on the disk will be erased.
6.	Press the [y] key and then press the [ENTER] key.
The files are copied to the floppy diskette. 
7.	After all the files have been copied to the floppy disk, 
press the [ENTER] key and the MS-DOS window closes.

1.	Insert the newly created floppy disk into the Floppy 
drive of the system to be upgraded.
2.	Reboot your system.
3.	Once system has booted to diskette, follow instructions as 
they appear on the system console. They will guide you through the 
update process, including the subsequent reboots needed to clear the 
card of legacy image information. Refer to README.TXT file for more 


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