README file for the dc395x SCSI driver¶
The driver has been tested with CD-R and CD-R/W drives. These should be safe to use. Testing with hard disks has not been done to any great degree and caution should be exercised if you want to attempt to use this driver with hard disks.
This is a 2.5 only driver. For a 2.4 driver please see the original driver (which this driver started from) at http://www.garloff.de/kurt/linux/dc395/
Problems, questions and patches should be submitted to the mailing list. Details on the list, including archives, are available at http://lists.twibble.org/mailman/listinfo/dc395x/
The driver uses the settings from the EEPROM set in the SCSI BIOS setup. If there is no EEPROM, the driver uses default values. Both can be overridden by command line parameters (module or kernel parameters).
The following parameters are available:
Default: 0, Acceptable values: 0 or 1
If safe is set to 1 then the adapter will use conservative (“safe”) default settings. This sets:
shortcut for dc395x=7,4,9,15,2,10
Default: 7, Acceptable values: 0 to 15
Sets the host adapter SCSI ID.
Default: 1, Acceptable value: 0 to 7
Bitmap for device configuration
DevMode bit definition:
Send Start command on startup. (Not used)
Tagged Command Queueing
Bitmap for adapter configuration
AdaptMode bit definition
Support more than two drives. (Not used)
Use DOS compatible mapping for HDs greater than 1GB.
Reset SCSI Bus on startup.
Active Negation: Improves SCSI Bus noise immunity.
Immediate return on BIOS seek command. (Not used)
Check for LUNs >= 1.
Default: 3, Acceptable values: 0-5
The number of tags is 1<<x, if x has been specified
Default: 1, Acceptable values: 0-180
The seconds to not accept commands after a SCSI Reset
For the built in driver the parameters should be prefixed with dc395x. (eg “dc395x.safe=1”)
The driver is free software. It is protected by the GNU General Public License (GPL). Please read it, before using this driver. It should be included in your kernel sources and with your distribution. It carries the filename COPYING. If you don’t have it, please ask me to send you one by email.
Note: The GNU GPL says also something about warranty and liability. Please be aware the following: While we do my best to provide a working and reliable driver, there is a chance, that it will kill your valuable data. We refuse to take any responsibility for that. The driver is provided as-is and YOU USE IT AT YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY.