Semi-OT: Acard LVD-to-IDE Bridge

From: Zane H. Healy <>
Date: Thu Dec 2 18:20:44 2004

Joshua D. Boyd wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 29, 2004 at 12:40:36PM -0800, Zane H. Healy wrote:
> >
> > Has anyone played with the LVD SCSI to IDE bridges that Acard is selling
> > now? I'm trying to figure out if they'll sync down to the speed of the SCSI
> > bus that they're plugged into. I'm thinking about getting a SCSI-to-IDE
> > bridge for my VMS system which currently uses UW-SCSI. If it will work, I'd
> > just as soon buy a LVD bridge, as they're cheaper and will be better when I
> > finally upgrade my VMS system.
> >
> > I'm tending to suspect they don't sync down, as they sell U-SCSI, UW-SCSI
> > and U160 LVD SCSI models.
> I have a UW-SCSI model, and it works on a U-SCSI bus.

That's good to know.

> The U-SCSI and UW-SCSI models have different firmware. U-SCSI firmware
> has a lot more tweaks to support CD/DVD type devices, while the UW-SCSI
> model is meant for harddrives, and they don't seem to care if CD/DVD
> type devices don't work properly on that model.
> The U160 device is a newer more expensive device. I guess maybe they
> keep the UW around for people to have a cheaper option.

Interesting, I can get the LVD model for somewhere around $20-30 cheaper than
the UW-SCSI model. OTOH, it's still more than I want to spend to see if it
will work or not since I don't have any U160 controllers.

I don't care if it's HD only, as I want to use to hook a couple nice big
HD's up to my OpenVMS box. What can I say, I'm looking for quieter storage.

Received on Thu Dec 02 2004 - 18:20:44 GMT

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