SCSI pros & cons

From: Iggy Drougge <>
Date: Fri Oct 12 08:12:52 2001

Glen Goodwin skrev:

>> Glen Goodwin skrev:
>> >Hmm -- my personal experience is that, unless the machine is already
>> >junked-up with a random assortment of TV and radio tuner cards, video
>> >accelerators, SoundBlasters and DVD decoders, SCSI is easily added to a
>> >motherboard with onboard IDE ports. I've personally built a few dozen
>> >them, using both IDE and PCI SCSI controllers.
>> >What sorts of problems are you encountering?

>Iggy Drougge replied:
>> You're welcome to try to sort out our pile of SCSI cards which so far
>> worked in our OpenBSD machine.

>One machine, or many? If you have a pile of cards, one machine, and none
>of the cards work in that specific box, I'd suggest that there may be a
>fault in the box, or another device in there which conflicts with your SCSI

Who cares what the cause is? The point is that it won't work.

>> We don't use PCI cards, though (we sold that
>> one, since we wouldn't use the SCSI for anything else than tapestreamers
>> so forth). Besides, SCSI integration into PC systems is really clumsy.

>Wow - these days the BIOS setup utility on the cards allows a lot of
>flexibility and also provides information about the installed SCSI devices,
>making it easy to verify IDs, etc.

I see that BIOS setup utility on the cards as a sympthom of the low level of
integration. The cards behave as an alien entity in the computer.

>A few years ago I was building 80MHz 486 systems using Rancho Technologies
>RT1000 8-bit SCSI cards which I got for about $8 each. The cards were
>shipped labeled "not Win95 compatible," but, not only did they work with
>Win95, I never saw a faulty card, or a system in which the RT1000 wouldn't
>work. (Okay, so they were *slow*)

>So, my SCSI experiences have been good.

So have mine, only not with PCs.

>> and they don't behave like the IDE hard drives.

>Well, that's the point, right? ;>)

Not really. IMO a drive is a drive is a drive is a drive.

>> They
>> have their own little BIOSes and things which I'm not used to from other
>> systems.

>Those little BIOSes (the ones with a setup program) are a *big* advantage.
>Just today I was cursing the fact that the BIOS on the ATA-66 controller I
>was installing didn't have a setup program. It took me two hours to get
>all six IDE drives working properly. With a decent SCSI card it would have
>been 15 minutes, tops (barring any bad drives or cables).

Why? I've never had any need for a SCSI BIOS on my SCSI computers.

>> In fact, non-PC systems tend to see IDE as a kind of bastard SCSI
>> instead.

>They may be onto something there . . .

For example, the onboard IDE controller in the Amiga 4000 and 1200 appear to
the system as scsi.device. And NetBSD/amiga only recently switched from "IDE
on SCSI" to the machine-independent WDC device. =)

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