SCSI Laptops

Although they are certainly not as common as they once were the SCSI laptops do provide some specific points which should be looked at when troubleshooting broken laptops with SCSI hard drives for instance.

Most frequently we find that users simply did not stop to think about the fact that SCSI devices will require special drivers to be installed. This is not extremely difficult but it is a good idea to make sure that you install the correct and most up to date drivers for the device. Although the configurations can get quite a bit more involved it is still a good idea to start off with the basics.

When it comes to servers we find that another common point which is forgotten is the fact that the SCSI device must be terminated properly when it is either the only or the last device on the internal chain. This used to be more common in the initial setup of the server for example yet it is something to look for when troubleshooting as well.

In addition the SCSI host adapter should be set as device 7 with the first HDD on the channel being set as ID 0. Setting jumpers would allow the addition of others. For the most part these are rare when servicing small networks, servers or broken laptops these days yet they are still out there. Depending on what your clients use you may find that this knowledge comes in handy while troubleshooting their issues.

When a server has been setup and running for many years and issues arise then these may be helpful in determining what is wrong. Usually you will be looking at a faulty hard drive in these cases. More likely many techs will never have to support SCSI in the broken laptops they work on but it does not hurt to know some of the basics.