[I]Originally Posted by mciahel
Hi,the BIOS or firmware is stored in a chip on the device. Writing a newer version into the device is called “flashing”.
The steps to turn a SiI 3x12 RAID card into a non-RAID card:
Look onto the chip of the card to identify it (3112 or 3512)
Get latest BIOS and drivers (both, RAID and non-RAID) for your card chip from Silicon Image website and extract them to a folder on your HDD.
Install the card and connect a drive to it
Start your computer and watch the boot screen. The card should display a message (if needed, press “Pause” key to have more time to read) RAID cards will show SataRaid in the message, non-RAID card show up as SataLink.
Now install the drivers by pointing the hardware assistant to the folder you have put the drivers
After successful installation, check device manager. The SATARaid or SATALink controller should show up in the SCSI and RAID controllers section. In case, your card is recognised as SATALink , there is nothing more to do.
If it is a SATARaid card, you have to flash the non-RAID (BASE) BIOS now:
Double click to see the properties screen in device manager*. There should be a “Flash BIOS” tab present.
Now browse for the correct BIOS file (filename starts with b like b4384.bin) and press the “program flash” button.
The flashing process will then start after confirmation.
Reboot and let Windows install the non-RAID drivers the same way as described above.
(* there might also be a control panel applet installed, that offers updating the card BIOS, too.)
It should, but I am not totally sure. The BIOS flashing procedure is the same as described above.
I GOT A SILICON IMAGE 3114 PCI SATA controller board to use with my samsung sh-s203n (before they updated their fiormware which made it burn correctly with my sata raid controller) and i use vista ultimate 32 bit, when i installed it there was no flash bios tab in the device manager, in fact i could not find away to update the system bios so i could make it a satalink instead of a raid controller, i do not know what it is with vista, but that was my experience, also nothing showed up in the control panel either, i always got a message while booting up to make a raid set (if i used f4 to pause it). so i was left with no choice but to return the board to 3btech and another one to newegg for refunds without refunds for shipping left me out some money, i wish someone would explain what happened in this case, no ability to flash the bios…:a