Adaptec 39160 SCSI Controller - Firmware, v.BIOS v3.10, A03

Adaptec 39160 SCSI Controller BIOS

Fixes & Enhancements

Includes all fixes and enhancements in Dell Special code stream and Adaptec Service Pack code
stream (listed below):
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
-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

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


Version BIOS v3.10, A03



Release date

06 Oct 2004

Last Updated

03 Nov 2011


Available formats

File Format:Floppy
File Name:160FW310.exe
Download Type:HTTP
File Size: 293 KB
Format Description:This file contains a compressed (or zipped) set of files. Download the file to a folder on your hard drive, then double-click it to unzip the set of files. Follow the instructions to complete the installation.
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Applies to
39160 SCSI Controller - Firmware
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
Warning: Do not turn off your computer or disconnect from your power source while updating the BIOS or you may harm your computer. During the update, your computer will restart and you will briefly see a black screen.

This driver has been tested by both the independent software vendor (ISV) and Dell on the operating systems, graphics cards, and application supported by your device to ensure maximum compatibility and performance. Details

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).