David Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu, 28 May 1998 13:01:06 +0000
> Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 22:20:50 -0500
> From: Mark Garlanger <email@example.com>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
> Subject: [PARPORT] SCSI Timeout on AIC7xxx when PPA is active.
> Hi all,
> Is anyone successfully running the AIC7xxx and PPA drivers togather?
> When I try to use the PPA drive with the AIC7xxx driver, I am seeing
> SCSI Timeout on the AIC7xxx driver during the booting.
> I've tried both the stock ppa driver and the latest 1.42 version. The
> AIC7xxx is the stock 2.0.33 driver.
> Could there be some interaction in the mid-level scsi routines between
> the aic7xxx and ppa drivers?
Could you fire up your system in the following senarios (assuming root
partition on the HDD):
1) Zip drive unplugged but driver still in the kernel
2) Zip drive plugged in, turned on but no disk in drive
3) Zip drive plugged in, turned on but with a disk in drive
1) Everything OK - ppa driver does nothing
2) Everything OK - Minimal access to identify drive presence
3) Possible crash - A number of device accesses to read partition table
The output of the "dmesg" command will shed more light on the problem.
Also rebuild the kernel with ppa being a module. See if loading ppa as a
module causes a problem (but only after performing the test runs above).
If you can get the two drivers into the kernel together, try a bulk copy
between the two drives (ie: copy a very large file).
I have heard problems with ppa and other SCSI devices but I am not sure
where the problem lies, on its own the ppa driver works (almost - well I
haven't seen any problems lately) flawlessly. I have made large number of
modifications to ensure the driver "yields" to other processes due to the
low bandwith (0.6 MB/sec vs 10MB/sec). How this affects other low level
SCSI drivers is unknown.
My understanding of the mid-level SCSI protocol is that each device
processes the pending data independent of other low level drivers. I stand
to be corrected.
"All parallel ports are equal - Some are more equal than others"
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