Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Custom Windows install CD with extra drivers RAID SCSI Controller

I will post what I changed to get my Adaptec 2930U2 SCSI controller recognized during the install without having to use a floppy. I would imagine that the changes required for your device should be pretty similar.

First, what you will want to use the makecab utility found in the \winnt\system32 directory to make cab files of your .sys (driver) and .inf (setup) files. Mine were 2930U2.sys and 2930U2.inf which in turn became 2930U2.sy_ and 2930U2.in_ respectively. You will need to copy these files to the i386 directory that will be burned on your CD.

There are only 2 files that you will have to edit:


Under DOSNET.INF I made the following changes:

I added:

I added:
2930U2 = "Adaptec 2930U2 Ultra2 PCI SCSI Controller"

(Be careful, there are two sections labeled this, you want the 2nd, it also has a very long list after it.) I added:

Under TXTSETUP.SIF I made the following changes:

I added:
2930U2.inf = 1,,,,,,,20,0,0
2930U2.sys = 1,,,,,,3_,4,1

I added:
PCI\VEN_9005&DEV_0011&SUBSYS_01819005 = "2930U2"

I added:
2930U2 = 2930U2.sys,4

I added:
2930U2 = "Adaptec 2930U2 Ultra2 PCI SCSI Controller"

The stuff in quotes is just a text string so nothing special there that I can tell. The only item I see that would be a problem is the PCI\Ven... etc. part. I got the value by opening the registry on a box that already had the adapter installed and went to the HKLM\System\ControlSet001\Enum\PCI key and searched through the values until I found the key that had the adapter that I was looking for.

Alternately, there was a similar setting in the .inf file that is provided with your hardware, I'm not sure if that would work, but I'd bet that it probably would. Mine showed PCI\VEN_9005&DEV_0011 vs. what I entered above.

I hope that helps, or at least gives you a headstart on it. If you want some more help, post your .inf and .sys files or link to the download from the manufacturer and I would be glad to take a look with you.

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