Re: For Sale: 2 Alpha VX42 UDB-233

Bernd (
Sat, 2 Nov 1996 20:15:08 +1100 (EST)

>I don't know about servers but how about support for Adaptec 2940UW
>SCSI controllers. It seems a trifle ridiculous to have a 433 MHz
>machine but have to use slow components to enable Linux to run.

Good point --- but look at this:

Script started on Sun Nov 3 06:56:10 1996
[root@ostrich test_fast]# uname -a
Linux 2.1.4 #8 Thu Oct 24 02:58:10 EST 1996 alpha
[root@ostrich test_fast]# cat /proc/scsi/aic7xxx/0
Adaptec AIC7xxx driver version: 4.0/3.2/4.0

Compile Options:

Adapter Configuration:
SCSI Adapter: AHA-2940 Ultra
(AIC-788x chipset)
Host Bus: Wide
Base IO: 0xb400
IRQ: 19
SCBs: Used 4, HW 16, Page 16
Interrupts: 333177
Serial EEPROM: True
Extended Translation: Enabled
SCSI Bus Reset: Enabled
Ultra SCSI: Enabled
Target Disconnect: Enabled
[root@ostrich test_fast]# uptime
6:56am up 3 days, 7:34, 3 users, load average: 0.03, 0.02, 0.00
[root@ostrich test_fast]# vmstat
procs memory swap io system cpu
r b w swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy id
0 0 0 9376 3168 53816 43496 1 0 1 3 2 14 5 2 6

A PC164 running a clean 2.1.4 kernel with the Adaptec 2940UW. Of course, the
problem for me was that I could net get the $%^&$%^ NCR to run, but hey,
after installing with the kernel Jay prepared for me on gatekeeper (Thanks,
Jay!), I could compile that new kernel, out of the box, and it worked.

>I purchased my machine from DCG. Good guys!!! Unfortunately it is a sad
>comment on the present business climate that when one receives good,
>attentive service and the product works as advertised it comes as a HUGE
>surprise, DCG managed to achieve this.

I'd still love to know why neither the NCR nor my PCI NE-2000 work in
that PC164, but apart from that, everything seems fine.

>I wished I could say the same for Red Hat. I purchased Linux V4 paid for
>overnight shipping, product was delivered 5 days later. Now I find the
>2940UW is not supported and 'Tech support' tell me I will have an answer in
>4 - 5 days!!!

Well, they never claimed that the 2940 was supported, but, using Jay's
kernel, it is.

>I understand that DCG are attempting to resolve this matter, but some help
>from the 'big boys' wouldn't go amiss.

I am a bit surprised that DCG has to "resolve" that issue, because they
went through the same thing with me a few weeks ago.


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