American Megatrends (AMI) PERC 2/SC, PERC2/DC, v., A00

PERC 2/SC-DC device driver for Windows Server 2003.

Fixes & Enhancements

Changes from 6.25

1) Changes in the setup files, so that Scsiport driver should give the
correct device number and function number to the miniport driver.

2) A timeout is implemented in the driver so that driver shouldn't
wait infinitely for the firmware to acknowledge the interrupt.

3) The driver will return an error status for all the offline logical

4) Utilities are issuing 0xc3 calls for getting the logical drive
statistics. This is causing the system to crash. This bug has been
fixed in the driver.

5) The driver is using Hal functions to program hierarchy bridges
and SCSI chips when system goes to D3 standby state.

The use of Hal functions were not allowing the driver to pass
the HCT test. So we have to disable the Hal calls in the previous
releases. A workaround has been done in the driver whereby all the
Hal calls have been replaced by its assembly equivalent.

6) During reset, the driver was not clearing all the pending commands
whenever the firmware is not able to complete it.

7) Driver is allocating enough continuous memory for the
FLASH_WRITE_BLOCK(0x2c) command.

8) The system gives a blue screen when one swaps the boot controller.
This bug has been fixed by adding entries of all the supported
controllers in the critical data base section of the registry through
changes in the oemsetup.inf file.

9) The system was not waking up after a hibernation/standby operation.
This bug was caused by the driver. The driver was trying to access
PCI_CONFIG space from the ScsiRestartAdapter in the driver.
This bug has been fixed by accessing the PCI_CONFIG space from the
ScsiSetRunningConfig entry point.

10) A new command has been introduced to enhance the performance for
SCSI I/O on non-raid SCSI channel.

11) In case of standby, the driver was not waiting for the firmware
to get initialized. This resulted in the driver sending commands to
the firmware even when the firmware is not initialized. The fix has
been put in the driver. The driver is polling for the Firmware to
get initialized before sending any commands to the firmware.


Version, A00



Release date

01 May 2003

Last Updated

03 Nov 2011


Available formats

File Format:Update Package for Microsoft® Windows®
File Name:RAID-DRVR-R57743.exe
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File Size: 1 MB
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File Name:PERC2-WS2K3-632A00.exe
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Supported Operating Systems
Windows Server 2003
Installation instructions
Custom Instructions for PERC2-WS2K3-632A00.exe:

This program creates a Windows 2000 driver diskette for the
controllers. You will need a formatted 3 1/2 inch floppy
diskette for the following procedure.

1) Download the file to a directory on your hard drive. The
file downloaded is a self extracting executable.
2) Double click on the file to run the executable.
3) Click on the unzip button to extract files to the floppy.

Power down the system and install the PERC/CERC card.
Configure the logical drives before proceeding with the
driver install described below.

Installing on a new driver on a Windows Server 2003 system

1) Boot the system using the Windows Server 2003 CD.
As the message

"Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or
RAID driver."

appears, press F6 immediately.

2) Within a few minutes, a screen appears that asks for
additional adapters in the system. Choose 'S'.

3) You are prompted for the driver diskette. Insert the
PERC/CERC Windows Server 2003 driver diskette in the floppy
drive and press Enter.

4) A list of drivers for PERC/CERC controllers appears.
Select the right driver for your installed controller and
press Enter to load the driver.

5) A statement is presented saying the driver that you provided
is older then the Windows driver.

Press 'S' to use the driver on the floppy.

6) Press Enter again to continue installation process as

Adding the PERC/CERC Driver to an Existing Windows Server 2003.

1) Boot the system to Windows 2003. The Found New Hardware
Wizard displays.

2) If you are installing the PERC 3/SC, PERC 4/DC PERC 4/SC,
PERC 4/DI or CERC ATA100/4CH, click on Next and
skip to step 5. Otherwise, click Cancel on all the new devices.

3) Restart the system from the shutdown menu.

4) The Found New Hardware Wizard displays again when the
system boots to Windows Server 2003. Click on Next.

5) Select Search for a suitable driver and click Next to

6) Select Floppy disk drive, insert the PERC/CERC Windows
2003 driver diskette created above and click Next to

7) Continue to click on Next and finish the installation.

8) The Found New Hardware Wizard screen appears one time for
each PERC 3/SC, PERC 4/SC, PERC 4/DC controller, three
times for each PERC 3/DC or PERC 3/DCL controller
and four times for each PERC 3/QC. Repeat steps 5 - 7 for each
time the wizard displays to complete installation of the card.

9) To confirm driver installation, right click on My
Computer and select Manage. Click on Device Manager, then
click on SCSI and RAID controllers to see the newly added
PERC 3 controller(s) in the list.

After finishing the driver update, YOU MUST REBOOT YOUR SERVER.

Updating the PERC/CERC Driver to an Existing Windows Server 2003.

If your server is already running Windows Server 2003, use the
following steps
to update the PERC Windows Server 2003 driver.

1) Insert the PERC/CERC Windows Server 2003 driver diskette.

2) Position the mouse pointer on the my computer icon on your Start
Menu andright click and select Manage.

3) Position the mouse pointer on Device Manager and click the left
button .

4) Position the mouse pointer on SCSI and RAID controllers and double

5) Select the PERC controller and double click.

6) Select the Driver tab

7) Select the Update Driver

The Upgrade Device Driver Wizard displays.

8) Select ”Install from a list of specific location” and click Next to

9) Select “Search for the best driver in these locations” and make sure
that the “search removable media (floppy, cd-rom,…)” option is
checked. Then click on the Next but
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).