SCSI problems with a 2650

Russell Stuart rstuart at
Sun Aug 3 20:48:52 CDT 2003

On Sat, 2003-07-26 at 03:42, James Bourne wrote:
> > I have the problem only on 2650 running dual 2.0Ghz Xeon, and not on 
> > 2650 running dual 2.4Ghz Xeon, while I have exactly the same Linux 
> > flavor, with exactly the same drivers.
> Possibly due to not high enough CPU usage and I/O to the disks.  We have
> seen the problem on both 2650's and 1650's.  Currently I'm running a test
> with write caching off.  It has been running now for about 10 days and I
> have seen several command timeouts but to this point the
> system has not completely cratered.
> Regards
> James Bourne

For what it is worth, I have been running the test that failed earlier
with write caching off.  It has been running for 9 days, and has worked
perfectly.  No dead machines, no SCSI timeouts.  Configuration tested:

Test:   2650, kernel 2.4.20-18.7.  Tested with SMP+SMT off, write
        caching off in controller.
Result: Machine works perfectly.  No SCSI entries in /var/log/messages.

This configuration was failing within 24 hours when write caching was

Following other pointers on here about SCSI protocol errors, I am going
to try and upgrade the firmware in my Segate drives.  (I am already
running the latest firmware for the embedded Adaptec RAID controller). 
Getting hold of the right firmware drive looks to be the biggest

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