problem loading SCSI driver

Tomasz Ciolek tmc at
Thu May 16 15:07:09 EST 2002

 The tekram 390 series is a symbios/ncr chipset.

 Tomasz Ciolek

On Thu, May 16, 2002 at 03:04:59PM +1000, Rodney Peters wrote:
> On Wednesday 15 May 2002 23:26, Neil Muller wrote:
> >
> > The only info I can find for Tekram is for their DC390 not the DC315-U.
> > Even though they claim Linux compatibility on their packaging, their web
> > site doesn't confirm this and they don't provide any of their own
> > drivers for it. I downloaded the drivers Tekram say are supposed to
> > support the DC315-U on Linux but the files are labelled for for the
> > DC390 and when compiled they have unresolved symbols, hence I guess the
> > problems I'm having :-) .
> >
> I think that the DC390 uses a different chip.  DC315-U and the bootable 
> variant, DC395 U use Tekram's own TRM 1040 chip.  The DC 395 "package" should 
> be OK, if available from the Tekram web site.
> I had some difficulties getting my DC 315 U working when I was using SuSE 7.0 
> (kernel 2.2.16).  The driver was regarded as "beta" then and, was not in the 
> menu driven installation pick lists, nor, if I recall correctly, in the 
> kernel source tree or config file.  However, it was in the 
> /lib/modules/kernel-version tree (hence could be used, provided you did not 
> do a kernel recompile).
> This has all changed with SuSE 7.2 (kernel 2.4.4).  The driver is now in the 
> pick lists and I have re-installed from scratch several times without 
> difficulty.  It also loads correctly after a kernel recompile.  Considering 
> where RH 7.2 sits in the chronology, I would have expected the card to be 
> supported. 
> Whilst I can't comment on the design merits of the DC315 U, I have found it 
> good value - runs HDD, CD ROM & Burner reliably although it barfed at a SCSI 
> scanner.  Whats more, it has auto-terminating active termination, which is 
> difficult to find in a low cost card.  Main disadvantage is the need to run a 
> DOS utility to configure host & target parameters.
> Perhaps you need to verify whether the card is functional by booting from DOS 
> and trying to run this utility.  It's also worth checking whether the driver 
> is actually called dc395_trm.o in RH 7.2 - I think early versions were named 
> more like trm1040.o
> Rod 

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