ASPI Adaptec Driver (ASPI32.SYS)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by paulb, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. paulb

    paulb Guest

    i got an error message of this kind: This problem was caused by ASPI Adaptec
    Driver (ASPI32.SYS). ASPI Adaptec Driver (ASPI32.SYS) was created by Adaptec,

    A solution is available that will solve this problem.



    Go to the Adaptec, Inc. website to learn more about the solution.

    i don't know what to do to fix the problem

    where can i download the latest driver for windows vista?
    paulb, Sep 10, 2007
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  2. Hi Paul,

    I think the message means pretty much what it says: you need to go to the
    Adaptec website:
    and download an updated Vista driver to match the SCSI device in your

    ASPI is "Advanced SCSI Programming Interface". It is software which provides
    communication between a SCSI host adaptor and SCSI peripherals, such as a
    disk drive or CD-ROM. Your PC probably has a SCSI host adaptor: a card which
    the SCSI hard disk is connected to. This card needs specific drivers to
    work. The file ASPI32.SYS is part of the SCSI drivers. The drivers for this
    hardware are supplied by Adaptec, not by Microsoft. Adaptec release new
    versions of the drivers, as bugs are fixed.

    On the Adaptec SCSI downloads page:
    and select the device which matches whatever you have installed on your
    machine. Follow the links to the drivers download page, and download the
    driver for Vista. After you have downloaded the driver package, run it to
    install it. Then reboot your system. You should be in business.

    Does that help explain things?
    Andrew McLaren, Sep 10, 2007
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  3. paulb

    paulb Guest

    paulb, Sep 11, 2007
  4. Hi Paul,

    Uh, well ... that's one of the things you, as the operator, are supposed to
    know about your own machine. But obviously this can be difficult, for
    non-specialist users.

    The first thing would be to check the documentation that came with your PC.
    This would probably list the major hardware components and drivers required.
    If the machine is under any kind of support contract, you can also contact
    the manufacturer (Dell, HP, Lenovo, whoever) and ask them. If you don't have
    documentation and no support avenues, you may need to identify the component
    by examining the machine yourself.

    Look in Device Manager. Go to Control Panel, System, and click on Device
    Manager in the left-hand column. Enter the administrator consent, if
    prompted. When the Device Manager window opens, go down to the "Storage
    Controllers" branch. You'll be looking for a device with a name like
    "Adaptec U320 Host Controller" or similar. The device identified here is the
    device you need to download the driver for. Highlight the device,
    right-click and choose Properties. Under the Driver tab, click Driver
    Details - you'll probably see ASPI32.SYS listed as one of the driver files.

    If your machine is a slightly older model, it's possible the ASPI driver is
    being used for a CD-ROM drive on an ATAPI interface; rather than by a real
    SCSI card. Early CD-ROM drives used ASPI as a kind of emulation layer, even
    though they are not actually true SCSI devices. Check the driver details for
    your CD-ROM drive - if ASPI32.SYS is listed, you may need to check with the
    manufacturer of the CD-ROM drive, to see if they have updated drivers for
    Vista (they would probably have licensed code from Adaptec and re-packaged
    it into their own driver package).

    If you are having trouble identifying the right device using Device Manager,
    you may find a third-party inventory tool easier to use. I highly recommend
    the very excellent SIW (System Information for Windows), written by Gabriel
    Topala - and, it's free!:

    If all else fails, here's the technique I use to analyse unknown hardware.
    First, empty your mind of distracting thoughts and focus on an imaginary
    beam of light, streaming from the centre of the Cosmos down into your brain.
    Then place your hands onto the outside case of the machine in question. Now
    think very deeply, about the information that you need to know. Focus on the
    knowledge you seek. After a short while, you will find that the information
    arises spontaneously in your mind, and you will have the answer. This has
    worked for me, many times! although I must admit, less technical users often
    have only limited success.

    If this technique doesn't work, then ... sorry, I dunno. I guess you might
    need to find a computer literate buddy locally, to come look at the machine
    for you and work out what is going on. Alternatively, drop me an email
    offline and I'll tell you how to send me a hardware inventory from your
    machine. I may be able to identify the device in question - but no promises,
    as I am pretty busy at the moment with work, family and stuff.
    Andrew McLaren, Sep 11, 2007
  5. paulb

    paulb Guest

    thank you , i had a bit of a knowledge blank, usually i'm pretty good at
    these things.
    paulb, Sep 11, 2007
  6. Good luck, & luck me know if you get stuck.
    Andrew McLaren, Sep 11, 2007
  7. paulb

    paulb Guest

    I can't figure out which device is giving me the error, if i knew that, i'd
    know what i'm looking for when searching for the drivers.
    paulb, Sep 11, 2007
  8. If you don't mind proceeding on an "all care but no responsibility" basis,
    drop me an email to the email below for detailed instructions.
    Andrew McLaren, Sep 11, 2007
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