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SubjectRe: aic7xxx errors with 2.4.8-ac7 on 440gx mobo
>> IIRC, the problem has to do with the state of the write cache in the drive.
>> The cache will be in a different state after power-on as compared to
>> after some amount of activity.
>Well i still suspect the broken firmware of the disk isn't the only cause of
>these errors


One thing to keep in mind however is that, although the messages may
*look* the same, they very rarely are. If you don't have verbose turned
on, all transaction timeouts, regardless of the reason, look the same.
It is only by analyzing the verbose output that a cause for a particular
problem can be found. In the case of your system, we always timeout
with the bus idle with several pending transaction, we can always abort
a transaction successfully (i.e. the bus is not dead, neither is the
target), its just that some transactions never complete. These are
exactly the symptoms of the bogus FireBall ST firmware on your drive.

Another thing to keep in mind... The newer driver defaults to using
tagged queing and attempts to issue the maximum number of concurrent
transactions possible to each device. The old driver, until fairly
recently, defaulted to leaving tagged queuing disabled, and if enabled,
only queued 8 transactions. So, the new aic7xxx driver often places
a much higher load on your SCSI setup than the old one did. I think
this has something to do with the large number of reports.

This doesn't mean that there haven't been, or continue to be bugs.
After all this is software, but I am trying to do my best to make
it work. 8-)

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