Re: linux 2.2.19pre14 SCSI v5.1.33 patch AIC7895 comments. (fwd)

From: M Sweger (
Date: Tue Feb 27 2001 - 06:58:38 EST

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Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 17:19:00 -0500
From: Doug Ledford <>
To: M Sweger <>
Subject: Re: linux 2.2.19pre14 SCSI v5.1.33 patch AIC7895 comments.

M Sweger wrote:
> Hello Doug,
> Just to let you know that I've upgraded from linux 2.2.19pre5
> to linux 2.2.19pre14 and here is an updated status.
> 1). My machine is a Dell optiplex 333mhz Intel with a 2940U2W AIC-7895
> chipset and SCSI BIOS v1.33S2 (where S means special Dell stuff)
> 2). This newer patch includes the new scsi driver
> v5.1.33/3.2.4 instead of the old one v5.1.31/3.2.4.
> 3). Earlier, I emailed you about a,
> "Data overrun in data-in phase, tag 1;
> Have seen Data Phase. Length=255, NumSGs=1.
> sg[0] - Addr = 0x7fea380 : Length 255"
> error message during bootup for linux kernels 2.2.15-2.2.19pre5.
> 4). HOWEVER, with this newer patch, the "data overrun" error messages
> disappear. I've recompiled with TCQ enabled and disabled and with
> the TCQ queue size 8 and 24 and no boot problem was encountered.
> Moreover, there wasn't any problems running it on UMSDOS with
> a Western Digital 9.1 Gig SCSI drive.
> I wonder what changed that eliminated this data overrun problem
> in this newer SCSI driver v5.1.33? The Changelog doesn't seem
> to hint at a fix in this area.
> Things look good to go.

I fixed the WIDE_RESIDUE handler to do the right thing, which fixes the data
overrun. Since your drive is operating in wide mode, it transfers two bytes
at a time. Since the INQUIRY command that linux sends out is set to a length
of 255 bytes, the drive obviously can't send 255 bytes without having an odd
tag along byte. It then sends a WIDE_RESIDUE message to the card to let it
know that the 256th byte was garbage and ignore it. In the old driver, we
didn't handle that message properly and as a result, we thought it was legit
and that caused us to signal a data overrun. Now we handle it, we reduce the
byte count by 1, and we no longer have an overrun.


Doug Ledford <> Please check my web site for aic7xxx updates/answers before e-mailing me about problems

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