Cable Select vs. Master/slave settings
gene.heskett at verizon.net
Sun Aug 7 20:38:03 UTC 2005
On Sunday 07 August 2005 15:27, Claude Jones wrote:
>On Sun August 7 2005 3:19 pm, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> Nice idea Claude, but can you tell us how to tell the difference
>> between the cables so that we can properly identify them?
>Sure. The cs cables are always marked. Look near the connectors.
> Different manufactures will use different terms, but there will
> nearly always be a clear set of markings (like HD0, HD1), printed
> on the cable near the connector, or rarely, on the connector
> itself. I have encountered cables used by OEM's in cheap systems in
> the past, that were cs, but did not have any indication. That's why
> I qualified my 'always marked' statement by 'nearly always' one
> sentence later. In the past several years, I only encountered that
>So: if you're building a system, if the cable has no markings on or
> near the connectors, jumper your devices master/slave. If you see
> markings that intuitively denote 'device1/device2', then try the cs
> jumpering first. And, always double check yourself - maybe it's
> just me, but, I get wrapped in the details, especially when I start
> parts-swapping to troubleshoot, and have been burned by bad
> jumpering more than once. Several times, in the throes of intense
> concentration, I've left a device jumpered master or slave, and the
> other jumpered cs - and that will sometimes work, but, it can lead
> to strange problems down the road that are very hard to diagnose.
>Bluemont, VA, USA
Thanks Claude. FWIW, I don't recall having come across a cable that
was marked, either here or at the tv station (about 75 machines
there). 3 machines & about 8 drives here at home. So that explains
my lack of knowledge. But now I'll make sure I inspect the cables in
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