Adaptec's 1205SA users, here's what I sent to Adaptec

By DragonMaster ยท 62 replies
Jun 22, 2005
  1. Eyedoctor2

    Eyedoctor2 TS Rookie


    Awesome thanks so much for your help!

    I will post when I have finished my Vista upgrade (still waiting on a Lan driver from Linksys).

    Regards to you both
  2. tvilhena

    tvilhena TS Rookie

    I know this is a very old thread.
    But at the moment I'm stuck with a 1210sa and I need to install windows vista.
    Can anyone help me on flashing the card with the SIL3112 BIOS and tweak the drivers so that they can be recognized during the setup?

    Thanks in advance.

    Kind Regards,
    Tiago Vilhena

    P.S. Please Heeelllp. I can't afford a new sata raid card at the moment!
  3. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 327

    Hi Tiago,

    I'm continuing the PM discussion here.

    Download these drivers

    and overwrite SiI3112r.inf and txtsetup.oem with the modified versions I attached.

    Try to install the card on a machine with these drivers. Preferably, use a computer that never had the 1210SA in it.

    Attached Files:

  4. ilovehayley

    ilovehayley TS Rookie

    my laptop wont boot up it says object name not found can you help?
  5. tvilhena

    tvilhena TS Rookie

    Does it say anything else?
    A quick search on google pointed me to a common error on the ISASS file.

    Once again thank you for your help.
    Just followed your instructions, and the driver appears to be installed but finished with a "code 10 this device cannot start".
    I will reboot my machine now!
    Rebooted and device is not working
    I will wait for your instructions
    Kind regards,
    Tiago Vilhena
  6. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 327

    OK, so it doesn't work. Are you on XP or Vista now? I'm not too sure of what to do as I don't have Vista. Silicon Image claims that their drivers work on Vista but if it's Vista that doesn't want to start the SiI driver than it's a little harder to work with. SiI released a new non-RAID driver since Eyedoctor2 had problems. Maybe people complained about Vista not working?

    Tell me which OS you tested it on and I'll be able to say if an idea I have will work or not.
  7. tvilhena

    tvilhena TS Rookie

    I'm religiously following your instructions.
    The card is installed on a windows XP Professional, and it is a fresh install!
  8. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 327

    OK, if it doesn't work with XP, then it shouldn't work with Vista. Silicon Image is telling to use the latest firmware with the latest driver, so this might be the problem.

    Get UPDFLASH and
    the BIOS

    Make a DOS bootable floppy disk(YOu have the option when you format it) and put UPDFLASH.exe and r4283.bin on it.

    Boot from the floppy and update the BIOS:
    UPDFLASH r4283.bin

    It might ask you to select which controller to use. It should be a SI3112 with PCI ID 0240.

    Once the BIOS is updated, try to use the SiI drivers again.
  9. tvilhena

    tvilhena TS Rookie

    I will do that right away.
    I'll keep you informed!
  10. tvilhena

    tvilhena TS Rookie

    No luck.
    I followed your instructions, and although the card is recognized during POST when I try to update the bios I receive the following error message:
    Scanning PCI Bios
    No adapter found

    Kind Regards,
    Tiago Vilhena
  11. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 327

    Hmmm... Silicon Image is telling to use FreeDOS, which supports SATA. You might want to burn a FreeDOS bootable CD and read the two files from the floppy. The Adaptec doesn't use the same device IDs as other SiI3112-based cards, which is probably why you can't seem do anything with it. Could you try to install Windows XP on an HDD plugged in the card? (Load the driver with F6 during the Windows installation) Sometimes Windows just refuses to upgrade the HDD controller drivers...
  12. casperboy77

    casperboy77 TS Rookie

    Adaptec 1205SA Issue

    I have a 500gb WD SATA hard drive hooked to an Adaptec 1205SA Card. It works but not exactly properly. A Microsoft tech support guy told me that the Adaptec 1205SA card is not supported in Vista. I do have SATA built into my motherboard it is a VIA VT8237 South Bridge. The VIA VT8237 doesn't recognize my hard drive. Recently I was told from Western Digital that I need to put a jumper on pins 5 and 6 of the hard drive and lock it into 150mbs mode and that the VIA VT8237 on my motherboard would work with it. In my opinion I believe that 150mbs is too slow. The Adaptec 1205SA says it can go 1.5gps. A friend of mine told me that the PCI slot can't go that fast. So I am very confused about what I should do. Everything works currently as has been for quite a while, there are issues that I have learned to work around. Should I switch to the motherboards SATA? Or stick with the Adaptec Card? Now if I am to stick with the Adaptec card I have questions on how to update it below:

    I read this thread and have gotten confused and I am affraid I am going to flash the wrong BIOS onto my Adaptec 1205SA card. I Understand that Silicon Image has newer updates that Adaptec hasen't implimented onto their cards. I would like to update my card as discribed in this thread. Does anyone have all the files needed with nice and easy step by step instructions? I followed all the links on this page and I am confused as to what to download and where to get the new INF file etc.. If someone could kindly help me out this would be great. I just need something simple like step 1: install these drivers, step 2: copy this INF file to here etc. Just something very simple with all the files for me. I can send my e-mail address if you would be able to send me a zip file. Thank you so very much for all of your help!

  13. tekknokrat

    tekknokrat TS Rookie

    Exactly one year ago this thread was helping me for getting adaptec 1205sa working with vista! Now i am stuck with xp 32bit.

    I did the bios flash for my controller one year ago with this rev. 4.x.79 and this driver version:

    Do you mind I cant went on with this bios?
    Vista runs fine with it only xp install does not work.

    I should note that I try to boot the xp cdrom from an plextor sata drive, as no other (ide) drive was needed after bios update for vista and linux cd booting.
  14. tekknokrat

    tekknokrat TS Rookie

    forget my last post. I made an bios update now and was not thinking about modifying the oem file before. In the past for vista install it was convenient to only have the inf file modified. Not sure if oem is needed there.
    At least, I now have my adaptec 1205sa running with latest bios (b4284)
    and latest drivers (BASE

    For everyone interested in trying my inf + oem file...
    Should also work with vista (not tested) as the download file is for both os.
    Don't forget the bios update before, in vista i had not luck but with freedos diskimage burned as cdbootimage and updflash.

    Attached Files:

  15. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Hi tekknokrat

    I think it would be better to create a New thread

    By replying here, you are really referring to the original post back in 06-23-2005, by DragonMaster.

    Also by creating a New post, members will be replying only about you.

    Yes ? No ?
  16. tekknokrat

    tekknokrat TS Rookie

    hi kimsleand,

    this thread has all infos needed for getting adaptec cards running in vista. I would break information flow if making up a new one.

    Also this thread's on googles first hits for "adaptec sata" ;)
  17. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Ok .

  18. bobjones777

    bobjones777 TS Rookie

    Hi everyone,

    I took a huge leap of faith from 32-bit XP into 64-bit Vista Ultimate, and my Adaptec 1210SA completely stopped working. I have read and re-read this thread numerous times, but I cannot even get past the BIOS update because it tells me that there are not Silicon Image controllers installed in my system. My system reads the RAID-0 array just fine during startup, both of the 300 GB Seagate drives are healthy, but once I get into Windows, I simply cannot update the driver within Device Manager. Has anyone out there gotten the 1210SA to work in 64-bit Vista? If so, I would definitely like to hear your advice. Please let me know.

  19. cavarks

    cavarks TS Rookie

    Anyone wanta hazard a guess as to why during boot the sata card will not show F3 to enter configuration option or such wordage. It's weird, the card is listed during boot, just no config option and the HDD attached are listed correctly, then when windows loads vista can mount and access the contents on both drives with out issue.

    Did i miss something?

    What i did.

    Updated the Bios with 4.3.83 then (as 83 didn't allow config) 4.3.84 of the silicon image web site with a calder dos disk and the updflash utility.

    Can anyone confirm/deny what key gets into the configuration.. non of the F? keys seems work...

  20. Slaash

    Slaash TS Rookie

    I've just updated the bios (4.2.84 non-raid) with the latest Windows driver (
    It works "fine" exept I can't boot WIndows if there's any disk on the card (as I'm booting) : It stops just before windows starts, nothing happens after "verifying dmi pool data".
    If there's no disk on it, WIndows boots and I can then use my sata disks by hot-pluging them.

    Any idea for that issue ?
  21. InfinitiProject

    InfinitiProject TS Rookie

    Hey guys,
    I know this thread is old but after googling around "Adaptec 3112 Vista" I came across this thread and after reading through and flashing my 3112, it finally works in Vista Ultimate 32-bit SP1 and XP Home 32-bit SP3

    Thanks much for the info! :)
  22. oldnemesis

    oldnemesis TS Rookie

    How to fix disabled Browse button in "flash image" dialog

    Hi there,

    If you're going through the BIOS update as suggested by DragonMaster, but the adaptor list is empty in the "Silicon image SATA controllers", and all the buttons are grey in the "flash" tab, all you need to do is to connect a SATA device (hdd) to your Adaptec card BEFORE opening the "Silicon image SATA controllers". You can do it hot, without shutting Windows down. Hope it'll help.
  23. Sp4wn

    Sp4wn TS Rookie

    I've also have windows vista 64bit ultimate edition, i upgraded the bios of the sata card to the newest one provided by Silicon Image.
    You can do this by creating a floppy and flash the bios from dos if you don't have dual boot with xp.
    Then i created an modified inf based on the original xp drivers from adaptec and the newest 64bit drivers from Silicon Image.
    I have my inf file attacted to this post.
    I hope this helps you or others with the same problem.
    Good luck.


    Attached Files:

  24. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Maybe you should update the remarks to say Vista as well

    Anyway thanks for the inf :grinthumb
  25. qbert01

    qbert01 TS Rookie

    64kb firmware

    I wiped out my firmware with the update from Silicon Image and killed my card. I have a Sabrent SiI3112 Raid card. Apparently SiI expects a 128 KB ROM installed on the card. Basically what happened is that the dos tool copied the first 64KB to the ROM and just dumped the rest and reported successful. After much researching and calling different people, I couldn't find an apropriate bin. Ultimately, I resolved the problem like so:

    1. Downloaded latest firmware from Silicon Image.
    2. Modified the bin with a hex editor. Take the last 20 bytes and move them to FFEC. This should make the last byte fall on FFFF (64KB).
    3. If you are using the dos flashing tool, you have to makes sure the file is still 128KB, so delete from the end as apropriate. If you are using the Windows tool, you have to shorten the file to 64 KB. Just delete everything after the FFFF position.
    4. Upload the firmware and it should work.

    Let me know if this helps.
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