> Hello everyone,
> I've been looking at SCSI controllers as a near-future upgrade for my PC. I
> noticed AdvanSys are doing what look like well specified cards. The trouble
> is, they are very cheap compared to Adaptec and Buslogic, and that makes me
> a bit suspicious.
> So, anyone used these cards? What are the pitfalls (if any), and what
> corners (if any) have been cut on these cards? Lastly, if any Advansys
> get a thumbs-up, which model?
> Chris Liddell
I have used an Advansys 940U (~$110) for 3 months now with no problems.
I dont boot from it (I find floppy just as convenient
and more reversable), although that should be possible it may
require adjustment of the system BIOS if you have an EIDE drive.
Note that Advansys wrote the Linux driver that is in the standard
distribution, claim Linux support, and even have a specific
page on their site http://www.advansys.com/linux
For some reason they don't get as much publicity on the
newsgroups as the other SCSI adapter manufacturers - I don't
have a cross reference to know whether there is any performance
difference from say the Buslogic busmastering cards which are
significantly more expensive. For my purposes - basic software
development and maintaining a Unix-like platform at home to
duplicate the stuff in the lab - it works fine.