ATTO Silicon Express IV

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Lindon...@hotmail.com

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Mar 24, 2009, 11:42:22 PM3/24/09
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I just purchased an ATTO Silicon Express IV NuBus based SCSI
controller to use with my Power Macintosh 8100/110. I have the card in
the machine and attached to a hard disk.

•The controller mounts the hard disk on the desktop.
•All drives are terminated and recognized by the OS.

The problem is however I can't boot from the hard disk attached to the
ATTO card! I still have an ancient hard disk attached to the even more
ancient onboard SCSI in which I boot from; and it's very slow.

Does anyone have any experience with ATTO cards? I am aware of this
website: http://www.fenestrated.net/~macman/stuff/SiliconExpress/ and
have downloaded all the files but I still can't boot from the ATTO
card.


I'm wanting to use this fantastic Power Mac as a fax machine/
answering machine with the GeoPort Telecom adapter rather than
spending $2,999 for a comparable machine to recieve 50-200 faxes a day
and I need a high speed SCSI option to deal with storing all the
documents.

Badger

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Mar 25, 2009, 9:41:44 AM3/25/09
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You couldn't swap the drives could you? i.e. put the external drive
inside and the internal drive outside. I did that with a 2 GB SCSI
hard drive to minimize noise and it worked just fine. Just had to
remove the drive from the external case and swap them out.

Good Luck,

G G McGrane

Powermac

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Mar 25, 2009, 5:13:15 PM3/25/09
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From my understanding you needed a beta firmware upgrade to make the
card bootable. I have a few SEIV in use but they are all for A/V
drives not the bootable OS HD.

The FWB Nubus jackhammers are bootable.

On Mar 25, 9:41 am, Badger <badger...@wilkes.net> wrote:
> You couldn't swap the drives could you?  i.e. put the external drive  
> inside and the internal drive outside.  I did that with a 2 GB SCSI  
> hard drive to minimize noise and it worked just fine.  Just had to  
> remove the drive from the external case and swap them out.
>
> Good Luck,
>
> G G McGrane
>
> On Mar 24, 2009, at 11:42 PM, Lindon_Sh...@hotmail.com wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> > I just purchased an ATTO Silicon Express IV NuBus based SCSI
> > controller to use with my Power Macintosh 8100/110. I have the card in
> > the machine and attached to a hard disk.
>
> > •The controller mounts the hard disk on the desktop.
> > •All drives are terminated and recognized by the OS.
>
> > The problem is however I can't boot from the hard disk attached to the
> > ATTO card! I still have an ancient hard disk attached to the even more
> > ancient onboard SCSI in which I boot from; and it's very slow.
>
> > Does anyone have any experience with ATTO cards? I am aware of this
> > website:http://www.fenestrated.net/~macman/stuff/SiliconExpress/and
> > have downloaded all the files but I still can't boot from the ATTO
> > card.
>
> > I'm wanting to use this fantastic Power Mac as a fax machine/
> > answering machine with the GeoPort Telecom adapter rather than
> > spending $2,999 for a comparable machine to recieve 50-200 faxes a day
> > and I need a high speed SCSI option to deal with storing all the
> > documents.- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

Magnetic Control Industry

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Mar 27, 2009, 12:44:00 AM3/27/09
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You were correct! I updated the ATTO card's ROM with the flasher utility to
version 2.1 and it became bootable. Supposidly the 2.1 version ROM update
turns the card into a Macintosh SCSI manager 4.3 card allowing the
Macintosh's SCSI ROM's to interact with the card nativly. The ATTO card is
fast! I was benchmarking the card with a Seagate Cheetah 9.1 GByte wide hard
disk and pulling around 13 MBytes/ Sec; pretty good for a NuBus based
machine.
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