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Old 12-17-2005, 05:57 AM   #1
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What is a WD-7000 scsi card?


Hi. I was looking through dmesg's output while on knoppix on my laptop and saw "Failed initization of WD-7000 SCSI card" Im curious what a WD-7000 SCSI card is. I tried googling it but getting stuff on buying them and people asking for help that had that same message. Im a beginner when it comes to hardware. Thanks for any replies in advance.
 
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WD = Western Digital

SCSI = Small Computer Systems Interface

WD-7000 is a SCSI Adpater.

Most PCs have IDE (ATA/SATA) rather than SCSI. Some PCs (like the one I have) have both. Many server class PCs and most commercial servers using RISC have only SCSI (unless they're really old and have ESDI in which case God help you).

IDE and SCSI are methods of connecting devices (usually storage devices like hard disks, CD-ROMs, tape drives etc... though there used to be and may still be scanners).

If you have both IDE and SCSI in your system and booted up from hard disk this error probably just means you haven't configured the SCSI adapter because you don't have anything attached to it. (I see something similar on my PC when booting windows.) If you're seeing this after booting up from CD it may mean it can't see attached SCSI devices.

If there are SCSI devices you may be able to see a SCSI or WD configuration during your boot up. Most PCs I've seen with SCSI in them give you an opportunity to go into system BIOS and also an opportunity to go into the SCSI controller's BIOS. Boot your system and look for the prompts. I've not used the WD-7000 so can't tell exactly what the prompt would be. Usually something like "hit F12 for...". Note this is BEFORE Linux itself boots.
 
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thanks for the reply. I was familar with WD previously. I bought the laptop off my friend and was in knoppix to find the vendor and model number of the hard drive so that i could download that vendor's utility to check out the drive and to zero fill it. I knew WD sold hard drives but that it wouldn't be called a cad most likely and my friend said he thought it came with a onboard wireless card so i was hoping it was that but didn't think so either.
 
  


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