Other SCSI Devices
If you are adding a SCSI
then you must attach it to a supported host adapter to access it. Like
a hard disk, if you are adding a CD-ROM and there is not already a SCSI
device on your system, you may need to configure the kernel for the
host adapter. Also, if you are adding it to a second host adapter, you may
need to configure that as well. Before you rebuild the kernel, run make config to specify the option
that you want. Here you have the opportunity to select the hardware.
If you are a good little system administrator,
you have already bought yourself a tape drive and have configured it into your system. Therefore, I
don't need to talk about adding one. On the other hand, a time may come when the tape drive you have
is not sufficient for your needs (maybe not large or fast enough) and you have to add a new one.
Before you begin to install the tape drive, be sure that you have read your tape drive hardware
manual. This manual will often contain information about the physical installation of the device,
as well as configuration. Whenever I think about installing tape drives, I think of the first
SCSI tape drive I had. There were three jumpers to set the SCSI ID. It didn't
make sense that you could only set it to ID 0, 1, or 2. Had I read the manual first, I would have
known that this was the binary representation of the number.