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8. Controllers (SCSI)

It is important to pick a SCSI controller carefully. Many cheap ISA SCSI controllers are designed to drive CD-ROM's rather than anything else. Such low-end SCSI controllers are no better than IDE. See the SCSI HOWTO and look at performance figures before buying a SCSI card.

Please see the SCSI RAID controller section for information on SCSI controllers with hardware RAID support.

8.1. Supported

  • AMI Fast Disk (VLB/EISA) (BusLogic compatible)

  • Adaptec AVA-1502E (ISA/VLB) (AIC-6360) (AHA1520)

  • Adaptec AVA-1505/1515 (ISA) (Adaptec AHA-152x compatible)

  • Adaptec AVA-1825 (VLB) (Adaptec AHA-152x compatible)

    This card has a SCSI, EIDE and floppy port which all work nicely.

  • Adaptec AHA-1510/152x (ISA/VLB) (AIC-6260/6360)

  • Adaptec AHA-154x (ISA) (all models)

  • Adaptec AHA-174x (EISA) (in enhanced mode)

  • Adaptec AHA-274x/274xT (EISA) (AIC-7771). The 274xT is supported since kernel series 2.1.x (AHA2740)

  • Adaptec AHA-284x (VLB) (AIC-7770) (AHA2740)

  • Adaptec AHA-2910B (PCI) (since kernel series 2.1.x)

  • Adaptec AHA-2920 (PCI). Use the Future Domain driver. LILO parameters are needed when used for hard disks.

  • Adaptec AHA-2920C (PCI)

  • Adaptec AHA-2930/U/U2 (PCI)

  • Adaptec AHA-2940/U/W/AU/UW/U2W/U2/U2B/U2BOEM (PCI) (AIC-7861, AIC-7871, AIC-7844, AIC-7881, AIC-7884). Some of these are only supported since kernel series 2.1.x (AHA2740)

  • Adaptec AHA-2944D/WD/UD/UWD (PCI). Some of these are only supported since kernel series 2.1.x (AHA2740)

  • Adaptec AHA-2950U2/U2B/U2W

  • Adaptec AHA-3940/U/W/UW/AUW/U2W (PCI) (AIC-7872, AIC-7882) (since 1.3.6). Some of these are only supported since kernel series 2.1.x

  • Adaptec AHA-3950U2B/U2D

  • Adaptec AHA-3985U/W/UW (PCI) (AIC-7873, AIC-7883). Some of these are only supported since kernel series 2.1.x

  • Adaptec PCI controllers with AIC-7850, AIC-7855, AIC-7860

  • Adaptec on board controllers with AIC-777x (EISA), AIC-785x, AIC-786x, AIC-787x (PCI), AIC-788x (PCI), AIC-789x, AIC-3860. AIC-786x and AIC-789x are supported since kernel series 2.1.x

  • AdvanSys ABP510/5150 Bus-Master (ISA)

    (more info)

  • AdvanSys ABP5140 Bus-Master (ISA) PnP

    (more info)

  • AdvanSys ABP5142 Bus-Master (ISA) PnP with floppy

    (more info)

  • AdvanSys ABP920 Bus-Master (PCI)

    (more info)

  • AdvanSys ABP930/U Bus-Master (PCI/Ultra>)

    (more info)

  • AdvanSys ABP960/U Bus-Master (PCI/ULTRA) MAC/PC

    (more info)

  • AdvanSys ABP542 Bus-Master (ISA) with floppy (single channel)

    (more info)

  • AdvanSys ABP742 Bus-Master (EISA) (single channel)

    (more info)

  • AdvanSys ABP842 Bus-Master (VL) (single channel)

    (more info)

  • AdvanSys ABP940/U Bus-Master (PCI/Ultra) (single channel)

    (more info)

  • AdvanSys ABP970/U Bus-Master (PCI/Ultra) MAC/PC (single channel)

    (more info)

  • AdvanSys ABP752 Dual Channel Bus-Master (EISA) (dual channel)

    (more info)

  • AdvanSys ABP852 Dual Channel Bus-Master (VL) (dual channel)

    (more info)

  • AdvanSys ABP950 Dual Channel Bus-Master (PCI) (dual channel)

    (more info)

  • Always IN2000

  • AMD AM53C974

  • BusLogic FlashPoint LT/DL/LW/DW (BT-930(R), BT-920, BT-932(R), BT-950(R), BT-952(R))

    (more info)

  • Compaq Smart Array 2

  • DPT PM2001, PM2012A (EATA-PIO)

  • DPT Smartcache/SmartRAID Plus,III,IV families (ISA/EISA/PCI) (EATA-DMA)

    Take a look at this page for more information. Cards in these families are PM2011, PM2021, PM2041, PM3021, PM2012B, PM2022, PM2122, PM2322, PM2042, PM3122, PM3222, PM3332, PM2024, PM2124, PM2044, PM2144, PM3224, PM3334

  • DTC 3180/3280

  • DTC 329x (EISA) (Adaptec 154x compatible)

  • Future Domain TMC-16x0, TMC-3260 (PCI)

  • Future Domain TMC-8xx, TMC-950

  • Future Domain chips TMC-1800, TMC-18C50, TMC-18C30, TMC-36C70

  • ICP-Vortex PCI-SCSI Disk Array Controllers (many RAID levels supported) Patches for Linux 1.2.13 and 2.0.29 are available here. The controllers GDT6111RP, GDT6121RP, GDT6117RP, GDT6127RP, GDT6511RP, GDT6521RP, GDT6517RP, GDT6527RP, GDT6537RP and GDT6557RP are supported. You can also use pre-patch-2.0.31-4 to pre-patch-2.0.31-9.

  • ICP-Vortex EISA-SCSI Controllers (many RAID levels supported) Patches for Linux 1.2.13 and 2.0.29 are available here. The controllers GDT3000B, GDT3000A, GDT3010A, GDT3020A and GDT3050A are supported. You can also use pre-patch-2.0.31-4 to pre-patch-2.0.31-9.

  • Iomega PPA3 parallel port SCSI Host Bus Adapter embedded in ZIP drive

  • Initio Corp. INI-9090U INI-9100, INI-9100W/A/UW, INI-9200U/UW, INI-9400U/UW, INI-9520U/UW, INI-A100U2W

  • Initio Corp. INIC-950

  • Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum 16 SCSI (ISA)

  • Mylex (formerly BusLogic) W Series (PCI) (BT-948, BT-958, BT-958D)

  • Mylex (formerly BusLogic) C Series (ISA/EISA/VLB/PCI) (BT-946C, BT-956C, BT-956CD, BT-445, BT-747C, BT-757C, BT-757CD, BT-545C, BT-540CF)

  • Mylex (formerly Buslogic) S Series (ISA/EISA/VLB) (BT-445S, BT-747S, BT-747D, BT-757S, BT-757D, BT-545S, BT-542D, BT-742A, BT-542B)

  • Mylex (formerly BusLogic) A Series (ISA/EISA) (BT-742A, BT-542B)

  • NCR 5380 generic cards

  • NCR 53C400 (Trantor T130B) (use generic NCR 5380 SCSI support)

  • NCR 53C406a (Acculogic ISApport / Media Vision Premium 3D SCSI)

  • NCR chips 53C7x0 (the 53C710 is only supported in PCI variant)

  • NCR chips 53C810(A), 53C815, 53C820, 53C825(A), 53C860, 53C875, 53C895 (53C895 supported 'on paper')

  • Qlogic / Control Concepts SCSI/IDE (FAS408) (ISA/VLB)

  • Qlogic FASXXX/FASXX family of chips (ISA/VLB)

  • QLogic IQ-PCI, IQ-PCI-10, IQ-PCI-D (PCI) (ISP1020 chip)

  • Quantum ISA-200S, ISA-250MG

  • Seagate ST-01/ST-02 (ISA)

  • SIIG Ultrawide SCSI Pro (Initio chipset).

  • SoundBlaster 16 SCSI-2 (Adaptec 152x compatible) (ISA)

  • Tekram DC-390, DC-390W/U/F

  • Trantor T128/T128F/T228 (ISA)

  • UltraStor 14F (ISA), 24F (EISA), 34F (VLB)

  • Western Digital WD7000 SCSI

8.2. Alpha, Beta drivers

8.3. Unsupported

  • Adaptec AHA 2940UW Pro

  • Adaptec AAA-13x RAID Adapters

  • Adaptec AAA-113x Raid Port Cards

  • Adaptec AIC-7810

  • NCR chip 53C710 (ISA) (old obsolete chip, but still used in some Compaq models)

  • Non Adaptec compatible DTC boards (327x, 328x)