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The Adaptec 1520 is a reasonably low cost SCSI controller which is ideal for the connection of Tape or DAT backup, hard drives and other high performance SCSI peripherals to any desktop PC. It is available as a bare board, including a driver diskette with SCSI-Select and EZ-SCSI software, installation and configuration is quick and easy (SCO drivers are inc.). It is also available as a kit, including manual, driver diskette and CD for windows.


To select the I/O port and BIOS addresses 4 dip switches are configured. Switches 1-3 select the BIOS address, switch 4 the I/O port address. The table below gives the various settings that can be achieved.

Adaptec 1520 JP5: BIOS & I/O Address Settings
To enable the address DC000-DFFFF. OFF OFF OFF To enable address 140-15F ON
To enable the address D8000-DBFFF. ON OFF OFF To enable address 340-35F OFF
To enable the address D4000-D7FFF. OFF ON OFF  
To enable the address D0000-D3FFF. ON ON OFF
To enable the address CC000-CBFFF. OFF OFF ON
To make the BIOS Inactive. OFF ON ON
To disable the BIOS prom. ON ON ON

If the system is "plug & play", the BIOS and I/O address are set automatically. If the system is not "plug & play", a BIOS and I/O address should be chosen from the above table - making sure that they don't conflict with any other address already installed in the system.

SCSI Select Utility Software
To set the IRQ, SCSI ID and
TERMINATION the SCSI Select utility is used. Note the BIOS address must be enabled for this to work (via the switch block). Start the utility by pressing Ctrl+A when the following prompt appears briefly at boot:
Press <Ctrl><A>for SCSISelect (TM) Utility!
A screen of Configure Settings and SCSI Disk Utilities is displayed.

Recommended Settings

IRQ=12, SCSI card ID=7,BIOS disabled (via utility not switch block), I/O address=140, and

NOTE:If the system does not allow "Ctrl+A", the utility can be run from disk.
NOTE2:When settings are complete, disable the BIOS to work with PICK.
Termination set to Auto enables the card to recognise the cables attached to it. So if the card has internal and external cables attached, meaning it's not at the start or end of a chain, it will not be terminated. If a card has a single cable attached, "Auto" recognises that it must be first or last in the chain and thus will be terminated.

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