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Re: Trouble with Symbios Logic 53c810 on XL300 with Kernel v2.6

On Wed, May 11, 2005 at 06:14:30PM +0200, Jerome Warnier wrote:
> [..]
> > My onboard SCSI controller (in an Alpha XL300) is:
> > 
> > 0000:00:09.0 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic 53c810 
> > (rev 11)
> >         Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 28
> >         I/O ports at 9000 [size=256]
> >         Memory at 0000000002231000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
> If I remember correctly, there are several kernel modules supporting
> those cards in 2.6. Did you already try the other?

Thanks, but I've already started with kernel hacking;) So I've figured 
also out what is producing this bug. Unfortunately I can't offer a well 
formed patch for it.

Ok, let's jump into some details. The problem is the narrow/wide mode. 
The disks with problems are 68-pin disks, the cable is 50-pin narrow and 
the working devices on the bus are also 50-pin narrow devices. 

Unfortunately the 68-pin disks have no jumpers to force them into narrow 

And so they reach the "test width" part in the 
function spi_dv_device_internal() in the file 
drivers/scsi/scsi_transport_spi.c  which I've copied here

	/* test width */
        if (i->f->set_width && sdev->wdtr) {
                i->f->set_width(sdev, 1);

                if (!spi_dv_device_compare_inquiry(sreq, buffer,
                                                   buffer + len,
                                                   DV_LOOPS)) {
                        SPI_PRINTK(sdev, KERN_ERR, "Wide Transfers 
                        i->f->set_width(sdev, 0);

Both 68-pin disks will be set to _wide_ "1" with set_width(sdev, 1) and 
they don't reach the clearing part set_width(sdev, 0) where they will be 
set to _narrow_ "0" again. So those 68-pin disks are running in wide 
mode all the time on my narrow bus. This should explain my trouble. But I 
still don't understand why this happens?

In the debian kernel patch collection is also a patch named  
drivers-scsi-sym53c8xx_revert.dpatch.bz2 which does no longer apply :(
It could be possible that it also solves it. But my machine needs so 
muuuuuch tiiiiiiime for compiling. I haven't had the time until now to 
test it and some other things I want to...


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