Category: Storage and Hard Drive
Manufacturer: Adaptec, Inc.
Caution Level: Safe
Download File Size: 48.7 KB
Operating System: Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows NT3.51, Windows NT4, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003
Latest Version / Release Date: 18.104.22.168 / 12/13/2001
This expansion card for network storage devices functions as a host bus adapter using a four channel SCSI interface. This results in better support for high transaction computer networking environments because of its support for a maximum of 28 SCSI based devices. All of these supported devices can be controlled from a single host adapter which in this case is the Adaptec 3010S Ultra3 Four Channel device. The device driver for this hardware component provides support for booting from a CD-ROM on all of its four SCSI channels. With the implementation of a PCI-to-PCI bridge architecture the computer user and the host machine gains access to a full bandwidth on four separate SCSI channels under a single expansion board. Every channel is supported by a RISC processor which is partially responsible for the increase in the overall performance of the host computer system while reducing the load on the input and output processes of the main processor.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
By design this particular hardware component is built to support the implementation of the Ultra3 SCSI interface specification. This standard generally references hardware components that support the deployment of key features described in the SCSI-3 Parallel Interface standards. When the device driver implements a Fast-80 signaling method the supported hardware component can provide the attached devices with a maximum throughput that can reach 160 megabytes per second. However, based on the ruling of the governing body for SCSI devices any hardware component that does not support the key feature of Fast-80 signaling may also be referred to as an Ultra3 SCSI device. True Ultra3 SCSI based devices however make use of a wide 16-bit bus with no support for narrow mode. The device driver also support SCSI devices that do not make use of Fast-80 signaling or multimode drives that sometimes drop the throughput to Ultra levels or also referred to as Fast-20 signaling mode. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and Adaptec 3010S Ultra3 Four Channel errors before installing any driver updates.