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Re: SCSI Errors and Resetting

On Thu, 4 Dec 1997, Wintermute wrote:

> William D. Rendahl wrote:
> > 
> > We're running Debian 1.3.1 (bo, kernel 2.0.30) on an Intel "Premier
> > PCI II" motherboard, with a 90MHz Penti, 32MB, BusLogic BT-948, and
> > Quantum Fireball Drive.  Several times a day we get messages on the
> > console describing a SCSI error, the system is momentarily frozen,
> > and then everything is fine . . .
> Whoa.. deja vu.. this is the exact sort of error messages we recieve
> here at work... "WD-7000 initialization failed... "  And other assorted
> error messages.  For the most part I think they're harmless (We've never
> had any problems with our Micropolis SCSI drive..) however, it's truly
> strange.. and I'm the sort that just doesn't like miscellaneous errors
> popping up, even if they are harmless.

Well, let's sort out which error messages you mean. Anybody running an 
installation kernel is going to see the WD-7000 one (unless they have a 
WD-7000, I suppose!), and the next line comes from having parallel-port 
SCSI support but (e.g. a zip drive) not present. (Though I get error 2, 
not 1.)

But these were in the boot up section and are harmless. The others looked 
more serious, but I'm no expert. Some people have had cabling problems, 
others have had to switch off a feature like ultra speed. Perhaps the 
latter is why upgrading the kernel could make a difference - you get the 
support for the newer feature in the newer kernel.

David Wright, Open University, Earth Science Department, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
U.K.  email: d.wright@open.ac.uk  tel: +44 1908 653 739  fax: +44 1908 655 151

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