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  1. smc

    Cant Format my SCSI

    The picture you provide a link to appears to be of an Adaptec 39160, which has a 64-bit 33MHz PCI interface, and is fully compatible with standard 32-bit PCI ports (I have one myself). The last row of connectors would just be unused and sit past the 32-bit PCI connector, and the card run in 32-bit mode. Some 64-bit PCI-X (66, 100, 133MHz) cards do have connectors which are keyed differently, and are not backward compatible with 32-bit PCI slots, but those are mostly higher-end RAID cards. The 29160 is a standard 32-bit PCI card. Your current SCSI controller may very well be supported by XP; if not, here are the drivers: Hope you'll get it all to work
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    Cant Format my SCSI

    P.S. It shouldn't be a problem, but I don't like using drives formatted on a controller from a different family, especially a SCSI boot disk. Even if you get the current combo to work, it may be safer to wait until you get the final controller before installing XP. Also, not to ask the obvious, I assume you did load your SCSI card's drivers using F6 at the beginning of the XP installation process (assuming XP doesn't have built-in drivers for the controller) ?
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    Cant Format my SCSI

    If the drive's SCSI ID is #1, yes do select ID#1 as the boot device in the card's BIOS. The 'black plug' is indeed the terminator. It should be in the last connector of the LVD cable, which it appears to be. Going through your jumper settings: - 1-2: ok - 11-12: ok. You'd open this if you had many SCSI drives to stagger their startup, in order not to overload the power supply as hard drives are most power-hungry at startup - 15-16: open this one, I think we've determined the setup was not working in SE mode. - 22-23: I am confused about this one, as Fujitsu says it is shorted by default. I have never handled a 68-pin LVD SCSI Fujitsu, but don't recall seeing a terminator power jumper on the 68-pin LVD drives I was familiar with (mostly Quantum and IBM). On old SE drives, such a jumper would activate the built-in passive terminator required on the last physical device of a given SCSI chain; on a LVD chain, the terminator is external (that 'black plug' you mention), and fully independent of the drive, which shouldn't have to 'supply terminator power to the SCSI bus' as described in the Fujitsu documentation. I'd give it a try with this jumper open. Three terminators in a chain is a recipe for disaster. The SPIN UP DISK DRIVE option in the controller's BIOS is directly related to jumpers 11-12: if activated, it will send a spin up instruction at given intervals to all your devices, starting with SCSI ID 0. Since the jumper is closed, no need to activate this option, which would only delay your boot process. Some OSes sometimes report boot failure when hard drives take too long to spin up... I suggest giving it one last try, with jumpers 15-16 and 22-23 opened. If that doesn't work, consider buying a LVD controller. When you do have the LVD controller, do leave 15-16 open, and try 22-23 in both settings; common sense would say open, but Fujitsu's default setting appears to be closed; perhaps they just need a place to park the jumper?
  4. smc

    Cant Format my SCSI

    Careful here! Hard drive 0 only means it is the first (and only) hard drive connected. IIRC you mentioned the HD's SCSI ID was 15. The usual practice (from my late 1980's Mac days...) is to assign lower SCSI ID's to hard drives, with the lowest to the usual boot drive, although it really doesn't matter if the controller can designate any device as the boot drive. The multiple appearance of the card under every SCSI ID doesn't look good, I suspect a termination problem, or perhaps the LVD U320 cable and terminator are not meant to work in single-ended mode. Sorry, my knowledge stops here I am confident a proper controller will solve all your problems. Playing with various SCSI ID's for the hard drive will not solve this one, which points to an electrical problem in the SCSI bus (I'd say a SE/LVD mix incompatibility). As mentioned earlier, I've had little luck pairing up SE controllers with LVD drives jumpered in SE mode. The only successful combo I ever had work was an SE controller, LVD drive in LVD mode, with an LVD cable with active terminator; that very combination did not work with the drive jumpered to SE, either with a SE UW cable or a LVD cable (which is what you're trying to do now).
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    Cant Format my SCSI

    I'm just mentioning Adaptec since they are so ubiquitous and easy to find used; this isn't a blanket endorsement of the brand (their RAID controllers tend to lack in performance), but their SCSI controllers are solid, trouble-free products. Tekram and LSI-based SCSI controllers are other candidates. Nothing wrong with your current one, it just appears geared for SCSI CD-ROM drives, scanners, etc. as opposed to current generation hard drives. If you manage to get the whole setup working by closing that one jumper, you'll still get the benefits of the drive's fast access time and other performance features. However transfer rate, which only one parameter, will be capped at 40MB/s, which would be a pity for this drive, whose minimum transfer rate is well above that figure. Not unlike driving a sports car at 55mph, it will accelerate fast, handle well, but not exceed 55... Since an Adaptec 29160 or similar can be had for under $20 used, it would be worth it even if the original controller is past its return date. If you plan on adding another such drive in the future, an U320 e.g. Adaptec 29320 (or dual channel U160 - e.g. Adaptec 39160) controller may be worthwhile, as two Fujitsu MAXxxxx drives will saturate a single U160 channel.
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    Cant Format my SCSI

    It appears you have the right cable for the job, and that it is wired properly. If you can return that 40MB/s UW SCSI controller, that would be a good start; it is a definite bottleneck for such a fast hard drive, whose max transfer rate appears about 3 times higher than the controller can handle. Just pick up any used U160 or U320 SCSI controller off ebay; something like an Adaptec AHA-29160 is dirt cheap, trouble-free, and fast enough. No need for a PCI-X 64 bit model as the motherboard won't take advantage of it, although some are backward compatible with regular 32-bit PCI slots (e.g. Adaptec AHA-39160). It also appears the Fujitsu MAX3073NP has a jumper to force single-ended (i.e. non-LVD) mode, which should render it compatible with your PCISCSIUW controller. You'd have to short jumpers 15-16 for that, according to this: . I vaguely remember having trouble in a similar situation some years ago (LVD drive jumpered to SE, SE controller, SE cable), however; an all-LVD setup is definitely the way to go. Mixing-and-matching SE and LVD SCSI equipment is one of the more confusing aspects of SCSI, and best avoided; termination on the other hand is fairly logical. I'm sure you'll master it all soon
  7. smc

    Cant Format my SCSI

    SCSI ID #'s are logical, not physical, i.e. allocating #15 to your HD doesn't make it the last physical device. Termination should be after the last physical device, at both ends. On a LVD SCSI chain, you need an active terminator after that last physical device. Old non-LVD SCSI devices usually had a jumper to enable onboard termination. On the card side, unless there is an external device on the same channel, it means activating the card's termination in its BIOS. Another problem you appear to have is the pairing of an ancient 40MB/s UW SCSI controller with an U320 LVD drive. I am not familiar with the MAX3073NP, but I have never seen an onboard terminator on any LVD SCSI drive (LVD= Low Voltage Differential -> 80MB/s and above) How is your cabling setup? I have gotten LVD SCSI chains (LVD cable, LVD drive, and active terminator) to work with UW controllers, but not LVD drives with non-LVD cabling or merely 'inserted' in an UW chain. LVD cables can be distinguished from standard 68 conductor UW cables as some of their conductors 'cross over' each other, as opposed to being all parallel to each other. They also often have a built-in terminator. From the symptoms you describe, I suspect you might be using an UW cable without a terminator after the hard drive.
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    Sata power vs Molex power

    P.S. If your photo is of the drives as mounted in your case, mounting them a bit further apart would greatly benefit their cooling, unless you already have a fan mounted in front of them.
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    Sata power vs Molex power

    The SATA power connector allows hot-plug (provided the SATA controller and OS support it), a function you won't be needing in a hard-mounted internal drive. It is also a lot more fragile than the old Molex connector (I've broken one with an ill-directed nudge in a cramped case). Personally, I don't like sharing one lead among more than two hard drives for max current reasons, but that's being quite conservative. As mentioned, do use only one connector. I go with the Molex, one of the more robust and foolproof connectors around - although often a pain to disconnect -, when available and appropriate.
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    Samsung P120 Series

    Thanks for posting your numbers, which appear to be not much of an improvement over the previous gen 80GB/platter Samsungs. Any feedback on the idle/seek noise levels of this drive (on paper its strongest points)? BTW I have yet to see the 250GB Samsungs for sale here in Europe. It would seem the 200GB one is a 100GB/platter model, not a short-stroked 125/GB one as vaguely hinted on the Samsung website. Both T7K250 versions, both of them with 125GB platters, have been on sale for a while, on the other hand.
  11. Probably worth upgrading, as 2.5" drives have progressed substantially in performance, but also in quietness. STR would probably be the last thing I would worry about on a laptop. Along with a sufficient amount of RAM, a new HD could very well give a laptop another two years of useful life (although your original unit doesn't sound that obsolete). The Latitude C600 appears to be recent enough, but make sure your BIOS supports drives over 32GB; the workarounds for this limitation on laptops are neither elegant nor reliable in my experience.
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    Boot to usb device. Any news?

    Quite a few recent motherboards can boot from an USB device. This function is supported by the motherboard's BIOS, nothing to do with the chipset.
  13. Your confusion might stem from the fact 'Fireball' drives were the last IDE models sold by Quantum before it was taken over by Maxtor, which kept the name alive until the Quantum-developed product pipeline emptied. The last proper Quantum Fireball were the 20GB/platter 7200rpm Fireball Plus AS, and the low-cost 15GB/platter 4400rpm Fireball lct15. Your Fireball 3, with its ATA133 interface, available FDB, and 40GB/platter (features Quantum never used, IIRC), seems like a bit of a hybrid product
  14. Actually, they all have a 266MHz FSB, even the MP2800+ (which is the only Barton core Athlon MP), due to the lack of a dual capable chipset with 333MHz FSB.
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    samsung sata spinpoint 80gb

    Check the links in the first post here:
  16. An easy way to 'recycle' those 686 boards without selling them is to pair them up with a spare, if available, SCSI controller and HD, which will bypass the southbridge and its IDE problems.
  17. I recall the Via 686A/B southbridge had an issue with corruption during large file transfers. Although there were various patches issued, I never got to trust that generation of Via southbridges (the current VT823x series is much better), as the problem kept popping up for the most random reasons. For instance, I was recently trying to rescue a friend's Via 694X/686B-based PC, as it kept botching large file transfers with a fresh OS, no PCI cards, latest BIOS, and all updates. Eventually, replacing the PIII-866 by a Celeron 433 solved that problem... A motherboard upgrade should be at the top of your list, IMHO. All decent Athlon MB's would require investing into DDR RAM, though. There were a few budget KT266A-based ones with SDRAM slots, if cost is a major constraint.
  18. Their EnableBigLBA utility makes the whole thing a one-click affair, if you don't care to go into the registry
  19. I would carry it on too, but... luggage holds are pressurized, if the aircraft is. Planes have a roughly circular cross-section for a reason. And cabin air exhausts through the floor before being evacuated/recycled, providing some heating to the hold. Otherwise containers of many liquids would never make it through a flight in the hold, which is not the case. Also, no commercial airliner flying today can reach 45,000ft (a number of business jets can and do). Common flight levels are in the 30-40,000ft range.
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    Samsung 80gb Sp0812c Sata

    You need a simple converter which will plug into a 4 pin molex power lead on one side, and the drive's SATA power connector on the other. Should be available for a few $ at any decent computer store. Newer power supplies have those built-in, and they are sometimes bundled with some nicer motherboards.
  21. 2 platters/3 heads on the 'E', vs. 3 platters/6 heads on the 'C'
  22. From a hardware compatibility standpoint: - your motherboard probably only supports AGP 1.5V cards - your Rage 128 is probably an AGP 3.3V only card - your TNT2 M64 is probably compatible with both AGP 1.5 and 3.3V, although I am not 100% sure all early TNT2's were 1.5V compatible That said, I would go with the onboard graphics as suggested by others.
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    Cpu Upgrade Time?

    Many Thoroughbred Athlon XP2000+ made in the past year run at 333MHz FSB at default voltage, as would a 'real' XP2600+ with the same 12.5 multiplier. If yours can do it, this should be acceptable to play games over the summer... Alternatively, many XP2500+ made recently (e.g. AQYHA) run at 400MHz FSB at default voltage, as would a 'real' XP3200+ with the same 11 multiplier, something a XP2800+ won't do.
  24. Both BB and FDB WD800JB's are still being made. The last one I've received, a week ago, was a BB 'ETAO'. The same supplier has been sending a mix of these and of FDB 'F' series this year, under the exact same SKU. I've also heard rumors some more envoronmentally conscious markets, such as Scandinavia, were getting a higher proportion of FDB drives. Interestingly, that last JB had much quieter seeks than any of the many JB's I've handled, quieter than the 7K250, slightly noisier than the Samsungs and Seagates, but quite 'soft' and inobstrusive. The FDB JB's do not whine, but remain somewhat noisier than 7K250 and Samsungs at idle. Quite tolerable though, and at least there are no calibration noises. Run very cool too. IMHO current FDB JB's have an accoustic profile (muted seeks, quiet idle, no calibration noises) which is very suitable for most settings. My home PC uses the even quieter Samsung, though.
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    Whine Whine Whine.

    Nothing unusual, or to worry about. I find WD 7200rpm drives from 1-2 years ago particularly susceptible to bearing whine, with perhaps 20% of the ones I have handled exhibiting this.