Gatermann called me last night. He’d gotten his new Adaptec 19160, but Windows 2000 wouldn’t recognize it. Unfortunately, he’d reformatted his main drive too, so there was no going back and cheating by installing both his old and new SCSI cards side by side, then installing the driver, then pulling the old card and moving the drive.
We tried a couple of things over the phone. No go. I suggested he try installing Linux just to make sure the card was good.
By the time I arrived, he had a working Red Hat 7.2 configuration. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Microsoft.
We downloaded the latest Adaptec PCI drivers, using his other Linux box. Windows 2000 didn’t like them. We downloaded the previous version. That one, unlike the other, had a dedicated Adaptec 19160 driver. We installed that and it actually worked.
Forty minutes later, we had a working all-SCSI Windows configuration.
I like Linux more and more every day.
Let’s put this in perspective, though. Since you live at the southern tip of Peru, Red Hat would have *no* problem installing by the time you got to Gatermann’s. I could probably install WfW 3.11 from floppy onto my 486, and then use that blazing 2X Creative CDROM to do a full Red Hat install by the time you’d get to my house. 🙂
Hey let’s give Dave a little credit, he ate dinner and got to my house from Peru in all of 30 minutes. Of course he had some Nitris (I think that’s the right spelling!) packs attached to that neon of his.
Nitrous. 🙂 Just like the stuff they give you in dentists’ offices. If there’s anything I learned from dating a drag racer, it’s what Nitrous is and how to spell it. Thank goodness that chapter of my life is over! 🙂
Ah…see, I’ve never had the luxury of that Dental stuff, nor have I had the other Nitrous attached to my explorer…that’d be a wild ride… 🙂