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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #90 on: October 08, 2009, 06:19:13 PM »
FFS Why? So you guys really do enjoy setting up sodding dip switches, plugging it all and then finding that you needed a terminator to make it work????
I agree, one/two things plugged in, especially via UltraWideSCSi is really quick! But, after my experiences of using a couple of external HDs and A CD-Writer on an old macintosh, only to find out that one of the HDs was playing up, unplugging it all . . . plugging it all back in with new IDs - JESUS WEPT!

Surely Plug n Play - whatever it is . . . is better?
Well, SCSI was implemented perfectly on the Amiga 2000 and Amiga 3000 ;)
I never had any problems (apart from knackered drives)

and to add something more - what is the maximum amount of SCSI devices in a chain?
6 per chain

. . . . I rest my case! :)
What? 6 SCSI devices per chain (well, per SCSI cable) vs. the 2 you get per IDE cable? lol :D

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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #91 on: October 08, 2009, 06:21:38 PM »
How many devices though Woody?
Has anybody else here actually used them for work/job purposes, (NOT HOME USE) and NEVER had loads of trouble?
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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #92 on: October 08, 2009, 06:22:35 PM »
who mentioned IDE?, i mentioned SATA or maybe even USB  . . . ;)
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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #93 on: October 08, 2009, 06:42:53 PM »
and to add something more - what is the maximum amount of SCSI devices in a chain?
6 per chain

Uh, exsqueeze me? If there was a limit of 6 per chain, then there would be no point in the spec having extended the ID range from 8 to 16.

There's a maximum of 8 devices (original SCSI) or 16 devices (WIDE SCSI) per chain, however you can have multiple devices on a single connector as long as they implement the spec correctly. In addition, SCSI devices can contain up to 8 "logical units". So the theoretical maximum number of addressable units on a SCSI chain is 16 * 8 = 128.

We use SCSI disks at work without issue. Though granted we use 80-way hotplug SCSI. The IDs are preset on the host and are therefore assigned to the bay the hard drive is in, rather than the hard drive itself. No jumpers required. Plus the termination is on the internal bus, so no work there.

And, if a disk fails, you simply pull the drive out, and push the new drive in. The hardware RAID takes care of remirroring the drive. Don't even have to shut down for it.

Lovely stuff is SCSI.

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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #94 on: October 08, 2009, 06:43:23 PM »
Dip switches :D classic, I haven't progressed passed jumpers yet ;D

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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #95 on: October 08, 2009, 06:44:55 PM »
Okay Richard, looks like I am wrong - but I still don't like SCSI (much!)

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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #96 on: October 08, 2009, 07:04:14 PM »
I've always loved USB and portable drives / pendrives since they came out - my first was a 64MB pendrive but work at the time only had WinNT so I couldn't transfer files to/from work .. I've always got a pendrive in my pocket (oo-er!) as they're damn handy devices :)

SCSI has it's place in history and, as we're a historical computing forum, it belongs on here but I'm not a great fan of SCSI either - although it's almost always been a part of my ST life with it's cut down ASCI interface bodge (cheers Atari!) :)


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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #97 on: October 08, 2009, 11:52:06 PM »
Got a Dreamcast, cables, one controller, a fishing controller  :D vmu and some mad catz thing that is probably shyte for a tenner off evil bay. Anyone recommend/got any games for this thing?

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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #98 on: October 08, 2009, 11:57:01 PM »
Loads of cool games on the Dreamcast. Sega Rally, Skies Of Arcadia, Rez and Soul Caliber are just a few.

What type of games are you into?
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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #99 on: October 09, 2009, 12:09:43 AM »
racing, arcade, shumps,platform, offbeat weird stuff

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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #100 on: October 09, 2009, 07:29:36 AM »
Got a Dreamcast, cables, one controller, a fishing controller  :D vmu and some mad catz thing that is probably shyte for a tenner off evil bay. Anyone recommend/got any games for this thing?
I'd recommend Rez, Sega Rally, Soul Calibur, Street Fighter III: Third Strike

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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #101 on: October 09, 2009, 09:04:12 AM »
How many devices though Woody?
Has anybody else here actually used them for work/job purposes, (NOT HOME USE) and NEVER had loads of trouble?

Me.

Got about at least 120 of them spinning away in my SAN and servers in the server room. No problems here.

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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #102 on: October 09, 2009, 09:17:38 AM »
racing, arcade, shumps,platform, offbeat weird stuff
For a quick blast then try

18 Wheeler
Crazy Taxi
Gauntlet Legends
House of the dead 2
Mr Driller
Sega GT

When you've got a bit more time

Resident Evil - Code Veronica
Ms Pacman Maze Madness
REZ
Power Stone
Headhunter

Some real class games for this machine !!!

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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #103 on: October 09, 2009, 03:17:35 PM »
Best racing games on the Dreamcast IMO are Ferrari 355 and Metropolis Street Racer 8)

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Re: your latest Retro computer purchases
« Reply #104 on: October 09, 2009, 04:00:09 PM »
racing, arcade, shumps,platform, offbeat weird stuff
For a quick blast then try

18 Wheeler
Crazy Taxi
Gauntlet Legends
House of the dead 2
Mr Driller
Sega GT

When you've got a bit more time

Resident Evil - Code Veronica
Ms Pacman Maze Madness
REZ
Power Stone
Headhunter

Some real class games for this machine !!!


Forgot all about Power Stone. Excellent game and its also worth buying it on the PSP.
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