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G4 and PCI-SCSI card

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paulcousse Calculating status...
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Dec 12, 2006 9:55 AM
I recently bought a second hand PowerMac G4 with an adaptec 2903B scsi PCI card in it. I reinstalled it with OS10.3.9. I have not been able to detect any SCSI devices yet. Am I missing a driver ? No drivers for the 2903B on the Adaptec website... I'm using it with OSX, but would like to use it also in OS9 with the MESA software for my AKAI S2000 sampler.
G4 and G4Cube and G4powerbook, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • fragmore Level 3 Level 3 (660 points)
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    Dec 12, 2006 10:22 AM (in response to paulcousse)
    OS X has the drivers built in for the adaptec card.

    Specific software for the AKAI 2000 and/or MESA software should be obtained from the developer.
    Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics) Dual 500, Mac OS X (10.4.8), 2 GB Ram, Nvidia FX5500 agp card EMBO Tech 8800 eliminator.
  • fragmore Level 3 Level 3 (660 points)
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    Dec 12, 2006 1:00 PM (in response to paulcousse)
    This is an Apple users forum. Your question can be answered on a Mesa or Akai user forum or by their tech support. Sorry, I think your theory is wrong in that the Adaptec scsi card only allows for the use of attached scsi devices, it will not provide any connectivity software, only lets you connect your scsi device.
    I use one of these cards with OSX which includes many drivers. However to connect a legacy HP Scanjet scanner I had to go to HP and untimately to independant sofeware to connect.
    Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics) Dual 500, Mac OS X (10.4.8), 2 GB Ram, Nvidia FX5500 agp card EMBO Tech 8800 eliminator.
  • fragmore Level 3 Level 3 (660 points)
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    Dec 13, 2006 2:21 PM (in response to paulcousse)
    Adaptec or who ever made the RAID software would have the driver for OS 9. I don't have Classic/OS9 installed on my computer. I don't rember whether all drivers appear in the extensions folder.

    I'll check with Adaptec, myself, and let you know.

    Are you sure the card is a 2903 and not a 2930?

    http://www.adaptec.com/en-US/support/scsi/2900/AVA-2902E/

    http://adaptec-tic.adaptec.com/cgi-bin/adaptectic.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php?p_sid=qK3iQ2pi&p_lva=&p_li=&p_new_search=1&p_src h=1&p_sort_by=&p_gridsort=&p_row_cnt=25&p_prods=0&p_cats=0&p_pv=&p_cv=&p_search_ text=MacOS9&p_search_type=answers.search_nl&p_nav=foot&p_page_head=1&p_pagefoot=1


    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=opera&rls=en&hs=PWH&sa=X&oi=spell&resn um=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=raiddrivers+mac+OS9&spell=1
    Sorry for the questions.

    Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics) Dual 500   Mac OS X (10.4.8)   2 GB Ram, Nvidia FX5500 agp card EMBO Tech 8800 eliminator.
  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,335 points)
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    Dec 13, 2006 2:41 PM (in response to paulcousse)
    When you are booted in X, does the SCSI card show up in the System Profiler?

    A PRAM zap might solve the problem.

     Cheers, Tom
     G4 AGP 400, G3 400 FW Pismo, OS X (10.4), Mac OS X (10.3.9), OS 9.2.2, DSL, Zip, Canon LiDE30 Scanner, CD-RW, Canon i960 Printer, Belkin UPS
  • Kool G4 Calculating status...
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    Dec 22, 2006 11:25 AM (in response to paulcousse)
    This is just a theory:

    I suspect when booting natively in OS9, your device software is compatible with the OS9 scsi card extension and all is well.

    However, when booting in OSX, the OSX scsi driver takes over, finds the card OK, however, OS9, running in Classic emulation within OSX, doesn't see the card.

    I have the same situation with my old scsi-based Apple scanner & Adaptec card in my G4 ... the original Apple-One-Scanner software cannot find the scsi card except when natively booting to OS9. The only OSX work-around to use the Apple scanner was to purchase a $50 shareware scanner driver specifically written for OSX. With that, my old Apple Scanner lives.

    Bottom line ... if it was not for stubborn determination to ge the scanner to work under OSX, the econonics would have had me put the shareware $ towards a new scanner.

    Good luck.

    Quicksilver   Mac OS X (10.3.5)  

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